IRIDIUM Flare?

Karsten Isenberg (isenberg@gmx.net)
Tue, 13 Jul 1999 19:21:28 -0500

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Hi!

I live for a while in Stillwater, OK.
At 12th July 1999, I was out to a lake - called Boomer Lake. The sun was
in the west above the horizon and behind some clouds.

At 20:06, I saw a flashing light in the SW. It looked like a
disappearing iridium flare with a magnitude of -6 or -7.
I had no coordinates and predictions of flares for that location.
Usually, I look at GSOC's prediction service for satellite passes  for
the address of my apartment.

So, I looked into the TIGER map to get the coordinates for the site at
the Boomer Lake.
I found out that I was at: Lat: 36.1460228 Lon: -97.0618057
Then I looked into GSOC's "Iridium flares over the past 48 hours". But
there is no listing for 20:06h.

Unfortunately, I stay in the US only for five month as an visitor
student from germany. So I can only use computers in a University
Computer Lab. To install extra software is not possible and a satellite
prediction program is not included in the "big" choice of software. So,
I'm not able to look for a satellite, which was at that time at that
position.

May can one of you tell me what I saw?

   - Karsten -


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