RE: Second Atlantis obs and flare

From: Daniel Deak (dan.deak@sympatico.ca)
Date: Sat Jun 09 2007 - 09:44:42 EDT

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    Hi,
    
    When I woke up this morning I realized what I wrote as an explanation to the
    shuttle flare was not correct. In fact I believe the flare came from the
    radiators that were opened over the wings. They were aligned with the sun
    and me and their surface is more reflective.
    
    Daniel Deak
    Webmestre, site Obsat
    Pompier, municipalite de L'Avenir, Quebec
     
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    -----Message d'origine-----
    De : Daniel Deak [mailto:dan.deak@sympatico.ca] 
    Envoyé : 8 juin 2007 23:21
    À : liste SeeSat-L
    Objet : Second Atlantis obs and flare
    
    
    ...
    
    I checked with Starry Night and verified that brightness of Atlantis was
    maximum when it got in line with me and the sun. It was then flying inverted
    and sideways with its left wing in the direction of travel. Given that, I
    guess a saw a shuttle wing flare coming from the wings white upper surfaces.
    The sun angle was very favorable and caused the brightness to increase so
    sharply.
    
    ...
    
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