Re: An exceptional flaring by ENVISAT at magnitude -9

From: Kevin Flanagan (
Date: Tue May 22 2012 - 23:40:24 UTC

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    This is exactly describes an extremely bright flare I attributed to ENVISAT
    on the evening of May 10th. I emailed Ted Molczan the details since I was
    unsure of the identification. On that date it had just come out of shadow
    and I was slightly west of the track. Sounds ENVISAT should be watched for
    future flares.
    On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM, <> wrote:
    > 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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