Four Flares in 21 Seconds, 6/25

Mir16609@aol.com
Thu, 24 Jun 1999 11:34:49 EDT

Iridflar output for Columbia, MD (Local time = EDT = UTC -4 hours)

      Local    Local     Iridium          Sun    Flare  Max Flare  Ird
Day   Date     Time    Azm El Rnge N I  Azm Elv Mag MMA  Bearing    #  S
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Fri 99- 6-25 23:20:39  036 13 1315 D L  333 -21  -2  R  23.5 mi E  66   
Fri 99- 6-25 23:20:53  037 13 1290 D L  333 -21   0  R  45.2 mi E  21A ?
Fri 99- 6-25 23:20:54  037 13 1289 D L  333 -21   0  R  44.9 mi E  73  ?
Fri 99- 6-25 23:21:00  038 12 1273 D L  333 -21   2  R  82.9 mi E  14A 

Recognizing that:
1. It will probably rain
2. Even if it doesn't rain it may be too hazy for an obs at el = 13 deg.
3. Iridiums 21A and 73 are "?" (but still produce predictable flares)

I'm posting this "head's up" because 4 flares in 21 seconds must be a fairly 
rare event (except right after launch) and there are probably a fair amount 
of lurkers in the NE USA that will be able to see this (ref. ~45 miles to 
flare center).  

Check the prediction for your location.

Cheers
Don Gardner  39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL
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