Envisat season of bright flares

From: Alexander Repnoy (astronom-2003@meta.ua)
Date: Sat Jun 30 2012 - 09:52:17 UTC

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    Hi all!
    
    The evening of 26 and 29 June 2012, I saw a very bright flares satellite
    Envisat! Evening of June 26 passage of Envisat in my point of observation
    was between 18:59 - 19:09 UTC. The height of the satellite at the top was
    the culmination of 73 degrees ENE. During this time, I saw a flares
    Envisat five different brightness. The brightness of the flare was very
    dull 5m, and the brightest flare -3m. The duration of the flares did not
    exceed 3 seconds. Color was definitely a white flares. For all time of my
    observations as I saw the Envisat satellite, I have not never seen one of
    these bright flares. I only saw a slight increase in the brightness of
    Envisat. Last night, June 29th, I saw only two fairly bright flares
    Envisat. Envisat passage took place from 18:49 - 18:59 UTC. The height of
    the satellite at the top was the culmination of 60 degrees ENE. The
    brightness of the first flare, I appreciated the in the -0.5m. The second
    flare occurred in the bright dawn of the low over the northern part of the
    horizon, when the satellite was not visible in binoculars, and suddenly
    gave a bright flare -3m. I think it's season began flares Envisat.
    
    Regards, Alexander Repnoy, Alexandria (Ukraine), 48.6657N 33.1137E 101m.
    
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