Mir Flare?

Tom Rothamel (tom-pine-1@onegeek.org)
Wed, 14 Jul 1999 00:50:03 -0400 (EDT)

Earlier tonight, I was watching Mir pass by from the parking lot of SUNY
Farmingdale (40.7230 N 73.4250 E, around 0 altitude.). The pass was
going normally, reaching it's maximum elevation around 22:31 EDT. This
should have roughly coencided with maximum brightness for the pass, but it
didn't. As it was descending and dimming, it suddenly gained brightness,
exceeding by quite a bit the predicted maximum. (It may have also gotten
bigger in size, but this could have been an illusion.)

I'd like to know if there's anything that's known that could cause this.
Is it a water dump (I don't know if Mir does these.), manuvering burn, or
something else?

(I think I should also note that just after we saw Mir disappear into the
 light pollution, we saw a meteor streak across the sky. Bonus.)

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