An exceptional flaring by ENVISAT at magnitude -9

Date: Fri May 18 2012 - 18:46:27 UTC

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    Hi all,
    On 16 May 2012, during nautical twilight I catched by chance a very bright flare of the famous ENVISAT, 2002-009A. Its flare was even brighter than any Iridium flares I ever watched. It reached at least magnitude -9 and was extremely red. I never watched a bright flare this red before. This flaring appeared as longer at maximum than current Iridium flares at mag-8. That's a real surprize to me, because I watched several deceiving passes of Envisat in the past, so that I had dropped it from my observing list.
    I issued the 3 most striking photographs of the flaring, taken in the row, here :
    By clicking on each photograph you can get more information (times for instance), and by moving the mouse on the enlarged photograph you can access the notes (star names).
    Another view of the photos on my photostream at :
    Alain Figer
    48.67 N ; 2.13 E ; 170 m a.s.l.
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