Re: Iridium double-flare

From: Rod Sladen (
Date: Mon Mar 05 2001 - 03:37:30 PST

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    Iridium double flares continue:
    Last night, 04 Mar 2001, Iridium 61 (25263) flared to about the expected mag.
    +1.8 at 19:36:25 UT, then faded to invisibility before flaring again to something
    like +1 at around 19:40:05.
    (While watching this in the SE, I missed in the W my best pass of Mir before
    its demise!)
    As well as a mag. -0.2 flare in a similar place from Iridium 35 tonight, I have
    a predicted -8.1 flare from Iridium 6 on Tuesday.  If clear skies permit, it
    will be interesting to see if this resolves into two separate flare episodes.
    The timings for the last three days seem to suggest that the flare pairs are
    getting closer in time.  But this may just be my inaccuracy in estimating the
    times of the flare peaks.
    Rod Sladen, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, UK, 52.923N, 1.219W
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