Iridium 22 flare spotted with a mystery "sidekick"

From: Richard Crisp (
Date: Wed Jul 07 2004 - 09:42:05 EDT

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    last evening (July 7, 05:10GMT) I spotted Iridium 22 while in the backyard
    astro-imaging (working on a mosaic of the North American Nebula:  ).
    I am in Castro Valley California, near Hayward.
    The reason for the posting is I am trying to figure out what the other
    object was that was accompanying it. When I looked up I saw two bright
    moving "Stars" probably one to four degrees apart. One was obviously the
    Iridium 22 flare,. but travelling slightly lower and slightly more to the
    east but parallel to the Iridium was another moving object that was somewhat
    less bright.
    Does anyone have any idea what the second object was?
    Thanks in advance
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