Iridium solar array flares tonite

From: Matson, Robert (
Date: Tue Jul 10 2001 - 17:47:12 PDT

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    Hi All,
    This isn't much notice, but there may be a modest solar
    array flare from Iridium 8 this evening (Tuesday) at around
    20:37:20 PDT in southern California.  Skies won't be very
    dark at this time, but the flare location is only 5 degrees
    below Mars (and slightly to the right), so there's at
    least a handy reference point.
    From Newport Beach the predicted magnitude is only around
    -0.2; from points further west the glint will be a little
    brighter, but the skies will be also.  (From Malibu, I'm
    showing -2).  Binoculars are recommended due to glint
    brightness uncertainty.
    Ed Cannon:  I'm showing a -2 mag solar array flare from
    Iridium 37 for Austin, Texas, at 21:14:24 CDT -- you may
    want to give that one a try.  --Rob
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