Iridium 66 to -6mag

From: Steve Newcomb (
Date: Thu Jun 26 2003 - 02:03:29 EDT

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    I know some of you view sats with a lot of light pollution, but I am
    fortunate to have dark sky when the sky will cooperate. While away from home
    on June 23 while standing on a bright corner with traffic, lots of people
    walking around, and my soon to be 8 year old daughter turning a 10,000 pound
    round smooth stone in a water stream in front of a Ripley's Museum in the
    town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, I determined the position of the flare by the
    position where our closest star  had just set and estimating the elevation
    to be slightly above the building on the opposite side of the street. I had
    left my notes on flare times in the room and was working from memory on the
    time and azimuth/elevation and used my wife's watch to get the close time.
    The sky was still bright at 21.16.06 local time when Iridium 66 flared
    brightly for my wife and I to see.
    Observed from lat 35.714 lon -83.510
    home Lat 39.4707 Lon -79.3388  Alt 2573 ft  -4 UTC
    Home now and it is clear tonight, obs to follow.
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