A Call For Action

From: Jeff Umbarger (jumbarger2000@yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Nov 08 2005 - 23:13:20 EST

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    Hey All,
         If any of you have a clear shot at the eastern
    horizon and you expect to have clear skies in the next
    few days, I'm wondering if you would try to see Mars
    rising out of the haze at the horizon shortly after
    sunset. Mars, which is in opposition, is very near the
    opposite point in the sky from the sun. So at sunset,
    with the sun setting and Mars rising, any
    *operational* satellites passing near Mars at that
    time *should* have their solar array panels aimed back
    at the sun, with you in between. This should mean a
    Iridium type flare - many of them - around Mars as
    twilight deepens. I've never seen this effect, but
    I've also never had good enough conditions either.
    Please write back to me if you see anything in the
    next few days for the 1st hour after sunset around
    (and above, or west) of Mars.
              Jeff Umbarger
              Plano, TX USA
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