Iridium solar panel flare & Gorizont 15

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Tue Jun 19 2001 - 00:46:13 PDT

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    Sunday evening local time I observed my first Iridium solar panel 
    flare from San Antonio, Texas.  It was predicted -2 but actually 
    was brighter than Mars, which was nearby.  It was Iridium 30 at 
    about 2:21:00 UTC June 17, 29.4000 north, 98.6600 west, 215m.  
    Thanks, Rob!
    A night or two before that, Mike McCants acquired Gorizont 15 in
    his telescope.  I'm too tired to say much more right now than it
    was faint (+10.5 at brightest I believe Mike estimated) but has 
    an interesting flash cycle of just over 20 seconds with an 
    asymmetrical secondary (10.m, 9.n, 10.m, 9.n).
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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