MIR flares

From: Matthew_Fawcett@eastriding.gov.uk
Date: Mon Mar 13 2000 - 00:33:05 PST

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         Observed MIR last night (12/3) - as it passed through Orion at 19:48UT 
         it brightened from -0.5 to around -2 for a couple of seconds and then 
         dimmed back to -0.5.  Then 4 seconds later it brightened again - this 
         time it was as bright as Venus, it must have been -4 at least, for 3 
         seconds - then it began to enter the shadow.  I've seen MIR pass 
         several times in the past but I've not seen it flaring quite like 
         that.  A lovely sight.  
         I had actually set up my 8" reflector in an attempt to track MIR (I 
         got charts from heavens above and hoped to catch it going through 
         Orion in the scope), but I went out too late to set it up properly.  
         Having seen the speed at which MIR is crossing the skies I'll not 
         bother anyway - not with my pathetic stand anyway.  How are people 
         managing to do this??
         Clear (and not too cold) skies to all
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