ISS/atlantis flare

From: Stephan Szyman (
Date: Mon Jun 18 2007 - 03:15:16 EDT

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    as I watched the  pass of the shuttle/station complex tonight,  I witnessed 
    it flaring much brighter than I've yet seen,  by my estimate between -5th 
    and -6th magnitude for a few seconds.  who installed a highly-polished 
    iridium panel on atlantis?  ;)
    i have no accurate time for the flare due to the fact that I was using my 
    cellphone as a clock (which does not display seconds) but by looking at the 
    HA detailed star chart and remembering the position from which the flare 
    came, it occured sometime between 03:27:20 and 03:27:45 UTC monday morning 
    the 18th of june.
    it was an amazingly bright pass, and I am glad i checked HA this weekend,  
    because an entire pubfull of people saw tonight's pass (probably 3 dozen 
    folks). thanks again, mr. peat.
    clear skies!
    stephan szyman
    chicago IL USA
    41.6840N, 87.7000W; 188 msl
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