Re: daylight iridium flare

Date: Fri Jan 12 2001 - 22:08:18 PST

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    Paul Gabriel wrote:
    > rob's iridium app predicted daylight flare -8.4 mag
    > of iridium 81, (25468 98051B?) at 2341:18 UT 12 jan
    > at my +81/060 with the sun ~ +3.1 elev.
    > some high clouds noted, so I was skeptical, although
    > I have seen venus 1x in the daylight.
    No need to be skeptical. At the last Eurosom, using Rob Matson's Iridflar, I had
    made predictions of a -8 flare at 3 pm. The group took a break from the meeting
    at that time and went out to look for it.  Bjoern and I took video of it. He
    replayed his that afternoon allowing us to relive the moment. I believe Paul had
    also made some predictions. That was the first daytime flare Rob had seen. I
    enjoyed using his program to make predictions for him.
    Jay Respler
       Satellite Tracker * Early Typewriter Collector
               Freehold, New Jersey
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