Predicted Iridium Flare Observed

Ed Cannon (
Fri, 03 Oct 1997 14:36:01 -0400

Last night using Randy John's Iridium flare prediction program, 
Skysat (version 0.3), I noticed a prediction for a mirror angle 
of 1.6 degrees (not great but good) this morning, so I decided 
to look for it -- and saw a pretty good flare as expected.  I 
don't have time to file an official report right now, but it 
was Iridium 8 (92-20A, 24792) beginning about 11:33:37 UTC (I 
had a digital timepiece with me this time!), Oct. 3.  One-power 
visibility lasted more than 30 seconds, and magnitude possibly 
reached -2.  (There was some thin fog at the time.)  This 
observation was from outside my apartment.

Ed Cannon
Austin, Texas, USA -- 30.3086N, 97.7279W, 165m