Re: WOW! Iridium 43!

Robert Smathers (
Mon, 2 Mar 1998 23:23:42 -0700 (MST)

Earl Needham wrote:
> 	Just had an extremely bright flare from Iridium 43.  Iridflar predicted a
> magnitude of -7.9, with the flare lat/long only 1.3 km east of here.  I
> felt like I was a shepherd at Bethlehem or something, it was so bright!

and I had a good one the other evening here in Albuquerque.  Iridflar 
predicted a -8 flare at about 7:30pm mountain (on the evening of Feb
26th or so).  high cirrus clouds, this thing was bright enough to shine
brillantly through that cloud bank.  if the flare had the ability to produce
a trail you'd think it was a meteor (it was that bright! rivals the best
of the meteors I've ever seen in my life as far as brillance!)

de fcc sgn, Robert Smathers  (   Albuquerque, NM USA
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