Iridium 9 Flare 8 Oct. 1997 @ 02:13:45 UTC

JRBURCA@aol.com
Wed, 8 Oct 1997 02:33:27 -0400 (EDT)

Not so spectacular compared to other reports but to add to
the database:  I missed the beginning of the flare due to 
looking with binoculars again.  I was unsuccessful in my 
attempt to spot it but when I took the binoculars down it
was already in mid-flare.  My measurements I think are
fairly close; not using a stop-watch but just observing and
then going inside and looking at the computer screen for time
and subtracting about 45 sec. and then recreating the pass.
Using Home Planet to get sun position.  It seemed to be
a little less bright than Jupiter but seemed to last a 
little longer than some of my previous sightings so I'm 
calling it 7 sec.  Date was 7 Oct. local or 8 Oct. 1997 UTC.

NORAD  date      time  Dir aF eF aM  eM  aS  eS Phs Dur Mag Obs COSPAR
24839 97-10-08 02:13:45 S 165 48  87 79 270 -10  Unk ~7  -2  JR  97030D

Jake Rees
Burbank, Calif., USA
(118.3117 W, 34.1817 N)