Re: Possible HST flare

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (
Date: Mon Feb 25 2008 - 20:15:48 UTC

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    On Monday 25 February 2008 18:49, Robert Holdsworth wrote:
    > Low in the northeast a dawning sky I observed what appears to be the HST
    > peaking at a brightness that was visible without binoculars.
    > Predicted magnitude at culmination was only 4th magnitude but the object
    > peaked at about first magnitude.   I did not look at my watch immediately
    > so timing is not accurate, and no reference stars were available but it was
    > around 16:58:50 UTC, about two minutes after predicted culmination.
    Checking the site
    the HST was looking at the Galactic Center (or close to it) at the time of the 
    observation. This orientation would cause a flare from the cylindrical side 
    of the HST at Robert's NZ position at the time.
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
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