Re: DMSP flare-ups

Tristan Cools (
Sat, 12 Jul 1997 10:02:26 +0200 (MET DST)

><<Last evening at 21:43:30 (01:43:30 8-July UTC) DMSP B5D2-7 (NORAD 23233;
>94057A) went from its usual 4.0 mag to about a 0 mag for about 5 seconds...
>Has anyone else had a similar observation on any of the DMSP sats?>>
>I recall there was a mention of these DMSP flare-ups here a while back. I've
>seen DMSP B5D2-5 (90 105A) and DMSP B5D2-7 both flare like that, the latter
>to -1 mag. 

I have a picture of DMSP B5D2-5(90-105A) flare ups from a few years ago.  I
have seen it with other DMSP satellites as well.  One of them could be
observed trough hazy clouds at maybe mag -5 !

Tristan Cools
BWGS member(Belgian Working Group Satellites)

Damse Vaart:    3.2478E/51.2277N 3.75m
Rijckevelde:    3.2856E/51.2045N 6.25m
Brugge     :    3.2166E/51.2104N 5m