GOCE flare image and profile 3 Jan

From: Marco Langbroek (marco.langbroek@wanadoo.nl)
Date: Mon Jan 04 2010 - 08:48:29 UTC

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    Hi all,
    
    A very fine picture and brightness profile of yesterday evening's 17:24:23.15
    UTC (3 Jan) observed GOCE flare can now be seen here:
    
    http://sattrackcam.blogspot.com/2010/01/another-goce-flare.html
    
    Flares occur consistently when the angle observer-sun- sat flight direction is 
    93 degrees (which is within a few seconds of local culmination). Mis distance to 
    the central flare path doesn't seem much of a factor: they are always of order 
    +2 to +3 magnitude. They are nice to watch: as GOCE is very fast due to its low 
    orbit, they almost look like meteors.
    
    Cheers,
    
    - Marco
    
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