Re: Bright object last night in Draco 21:15, what was it?

From: Rod Sladen (
Date: Sat Mar 14 2009 - 13:48:01 UTC

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    On Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 1:15 PM, Michael Boschat <> wrote:
    > I had been out to my parents place having my birthday dinner and it was a
    > nice night to take my trusty Odyssey out for some quality observing. My
    > father came out to see saturn, M3 and a few others when we were scanning the
    > NE and saw something bright, figuring Plane, Satellite, Satellite debris we
    > shrugged it off. The explanation is below :)
    > I was standing outside observing in Canes Venatici, Leo and Ursa Major when
    > I looked in between Ursa Major and Cassieopeia in the contellation Draco, I
    > had seen an object that was very stationary flare up to near 1.5 times the
    > brightness of Venus by the time I could swing my cold dob around and line up
    > with my Telrad it was gone.
    > What the heck was it? I checked for Iridium flares, ISS, Satellites in the
    > area at the time. I have seen plenty of airplanes landing in my lifetime as
    > well, this was no airplane. Could it have been a fragment from one of the
    > satellites that collided and  headed directly for me, since it wasn't
    > moving at all? who knows!
    > I was standing at 44.6333N, 63.5833W and the time was 21:15 Atlantic
    > Daylight Savings Time, any possible answers would be great!
    Iridium 31 (24950, 1997-051-G)  mag -7 flare predicted to peak at 00:13:25 UT,
    Cheers ... Rod
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