New Subscriber--Introduction /Question

Tricia L Porth (
Mon, 08 Jun 1998 11:13:56 EDT

Hi. I am new to the list. My name is Andy Porth age 30, married with 1
daughter age 2 and another kid on the way. I live in the suburbs outside
Washington DC. 
 I have been interested in Astronomy and especially space exploration for
some time, but only recently have figured out some of the major
constellations. In other words, I am a complete novice. Seeing MIR
numerous times and other satellites in the past got me really interested
in satellite observation.  Naturally, the Iridium flares accelerated this
interest. Since I live in very light polluted area, I can only see Mir
and Iridium.

Now my question. ( I don't know if this has been asked because I only
have web access at work, and will not be able to get to it for awhile.)

At approximately 0220 UT June 8, I saw Iridium 17 flare to -6 near Vega.
About 1 or 2 minutes later I saw an object in the same area blinking on
and off. Naturally,  I assumed it to be an airplane.  However, it
disappeared quickly  just like satellites do. What could that have been?

Don't fry the novice. I will probably be a reader only after this.
Curiosity overwhelmed.
Andy Porth
38.50N 77.0828W

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