Unknown BRIGHT naked eye flashes / flare

From: Derek C Breit (breit_ideas@poyntsource.com)
Date: Tue Jan 18 2011 - 02:55:18 UTC

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      This off the top of my head..
    
      I just saw multiple bright flashes... Naked eye.. :-))
    
      First one got my attention.. Second one was -4.. Then maybe -1, +1 +3 and
    at the limit.. Gone..
    
      Maybe 5 seconds apart..
    
      It was moving, but certainly not a LEO.. Maybe 2 - 3 degrees in a minute..
    
      From Morgan Hill, CA, looking Alt Az, You have Jupiter, and the square of
    Pegasus, standing on one corner.. This was maybe a degree above the bottom
    corner star, heading slowly in the direction of Jupiter, or the upper left
    star in the Square.. It made me think West to East on the Equator, but I
    haven't looked at a chart or Heavensat.. (No idea where to begin, really..)
    
     Time is 6:41.. "Oh.. Bright flash.. Oh BAD A$&!.. Oh.. What's the time..
    6:41".. 
    
     That's all I know.. I was walking the dog, and just looked up as usual..
    
     Derek
    
     PS.. This was a lot like the triple digit Iridium's, only slower.. I have
    always wanted to see a naked eye GEO sat, and this is as close as I have
    gotten..
    
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