Iridium flare provides outreach

Rocky (harperr@webster.wireline.slb.com)
Fri, 24 Oct 1997 03:49:04 -0500

There was an exceptional flare last night by Iridium 20 that reached
magnitude -5.  I had 9 kids from around the neighborhood to watch.  I have
seldom seen such excitement.  It happened in a area just a few degrees from
Jupiter and the moon.  Events like this create a lot of interest from kids
and stimulate their minds and provides space/astronomy outreach to the
public.  Tomorrow night is the three shadow transit of the moons of Jupiter
a very rare event.  Share your experience.