Re: Re-entry over Melbourne Australia?

Robin Whittle (rw@firstpr.com.au)
Sun, 17 Jan 1999 03:41:52 +1100

Thanks to a prediction from Tony Beresford, I saw a handsome Iridium
flare this Saturday evening from my back-yard - exactly as predicted.

I have determined the location of my 14 January sighting to within
about 1 km and have used this with the German Space Operations Centre
web-site to get flare predictions for that day.  None of the
predictions resemble the time of my observation.

My current theory is that I saw a bright Iridium flare - but not one
which is accurately predicted by the current software.

I have enjoyed this learning and discussion and am happy to pursue it
on or off the list.  I don't want to clutter the list with discussion
of a mere Iridium flare.  

The mystery remains unsolved and is more fully documented at:

    http://www.firstpr.com.au/temp/iridium-flare.html

- Robin