iridium 26 failed to flare as bright as predicted

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Tue May 08 2007 - 22:12:36 EDT

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    Heavens above listed a flare from Iridum 26 ( 24903 ) to be -8 tonight.
    Well me and my neirbour watched, and ended up disappointed with it.
    It got no brighter then, the magnitude of  -1 :(
    I find it almost seems all iridium flares I have observed, end up fainter then predicted. How can
    I show a good flare to people, when I can no longer trust the irdium satellite's to put on a show
    like they did in the past, and seemed to be more reliable at getting closer to the predicted
    magnitude. At least to me it seems that way. 
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