RE: Thoughts on Iridium glints

RJ@RMATSC.RIEM.COM
Thu, 9 Oct 1997 10:14:59 -0700

Yes, I had wondered about this as well.  An 8th magnitude satellite may
or may not ruin a professional astronomers observation, but only if it
passes through the field of view.  But a -6 magnitude flare will
probably affect an observation (perhaps only subtly) many degrees away.
The only consolation that I see is that the flares seem to occur during
twilight.  Of course that may change at high/low latitude sites or at
the extremes of winter/summer.
				Randy