iridium 50 -flare (5/17) out of the blue

From: chiayk (
Date: Sun May 18 2003 - 03:03:30 EDT

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    Hi folks:
       Around 7:50 pm on May 17, I accidentally caught  a ' iridium-like'  
    flare ( -1 or -2)  while adjusting my video lens. I thought this must be 
    easy to ID but heavens-above did not yield any clue. Even running 
    irdiflar with fresh TLE did not help.
      Rechecking using skymap, the most likely candidate that fit the timing and direction/trajectory is IRIDIUM 50. No flare spot( normally colored yellow) was indicated. Is this unpredictable flare specific to iridum #50?
    yKChia ,Singapore
    +8 UT, Long: 103.7773 E , Lat 1.4311 N
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