Re: Iridium flare intensity

Sue J. Worden (worden@uts.cc.utexas.edu)
Sun, 11 Jan 1998 14:54:19 -0600 (CST)

> Date: Wed, 07 Jan 1998 20:24:35 -0600
> From: Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>
> Subject: Iridium flare intensity
> [ ... ]
> magnificent flare from Iridium 30.  [ ... ]  It appeared to me that the
> Iridium flare was much more intense than the Moon's light.

Another member of the Austin Astronomical Society, Dave Clark, mentioned
to me at our meeting Friday night that he, too, thought that this flare
was as bright as the moon.  Both Dave and Ed were west of my location
and viewing the flare with perfectly clear skies.  The flare was less
intense where I was, but... there were high, thin wisps of cloud above
me, and I could see variations in brightness across the "disc" of the
flare, as cloud wisps passed in front of it.

--Sue Worden (worden@uts.cc.utexas.edu)