Re: Iridium 30 long flare (+aurora again!)

From: Thomas A. Troszak (tom@bullhammer.com)
Date: Tue May 02 2000 - 09:21:19 PDT

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    Matthew.Fawcett@eastriding.gov.uk wrote:
      I've never seen a flare that
    >      lasted so long!  Is this common or just a feature of the Motorola
    >      situation?
    
    The very first Iridium flare that I ever observed lasted between 15 and
    20 seconds, and probably peaked at -8 magnitude. Looked like a car
    headlight coming down. The flare was very gradual and smooth up and down
    in magnitude, except a flicker at the end... I have not seen one like it
    since. I can only assume that I happened to be Dead Center of the
    predicted path just by sheer luck.
    
    Tom Troszak, 
    Asheville, NC, USA
    35.601 N, -82.554 W
    elevation 2,300 ft.
    mailto:tom@bullhammer.com
    http://www.bullhammer.com/satphotos1.htm
    
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