Ir Flares

From: Aris Tanone (atanone@hiwaay.net)
Date: Mon Jun 17 2002 - 23:26:10 EDT


Just watched the Iridium Flares of Iridium 60 from my backyard in
Huntsville, Alabama. Based on the following Heavens-Above prediction:

17 Jun 22:00:51 -4 37 66 (ENE) 18.9 km (E) -8 Iridium 60

I went out to watch the ENE sky around 9:55. Around the predicted time,
first I saw a moving star and few seconds later it flared with a magnitude
slightly dimmer than the magnitude of ISS + Shuttle when they passed over
the Huntsville sky on Jun 14, with a magnitude of -0.6. This is my second
time seeing an Iridium Flares. I'm still have not had a chance to take a
good picture of it. Early morning tomorrow, there would be another pass at
03:21:57 with a magnitude of -8. I'm not sure if I would be able to wake up
at that time. :-)

Aris.
Huntsville ( 34.7300N, 86.5860W)


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