RE: Four Flares in 21 Seconds, 6/25

Floyd Weaver (floyd@floydweaver.com)
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 01:01:09 -0400

	Thanks for the heads up. I have never seen flares this close so I will try
my best to see them. I have been thinking recently that this might happen
more frequently since some of the Iridium planes has a number of spares in
them. I saw one flare (predicted -2.2)in that area of the sky tonight with
no problem despite the hazy and some clouds. Also tonight I saw Iridiums 11,
14, and 79 flashing within 5 minutes of each other.

Floyd Weaver
40.389N 76.417W 150M
users.nbn.net/~fweaver/satellites.html

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mir16609@aol.com [mailto:Mir16609@aol.com]
> Sent: Thursday, June 24, 1999 11:35
> To: SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com
> Subject: Four Flares in 21 Seconds, 6/25
>
>
> 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
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> 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
> Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
>
>