Re: Iridium Flare Program - new versions.

Earl Needham (kd5xb@amsat.org)
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 18:13:41 -0600

At 03:48 PM 10/17/97 +0100, Neil Clifford wrote:
>Rob Matson has kindly provided new versions of his iridium flare
>program. They are at
>
>http://www.satellite.eu.org/programs/iridflar.zip
>http://www.satellite.eu.org/programs/flare_nc.zip

	I've been trying this program, and it works!

	That is, I *think* it works.  I just ran the program, and it showed that I
had a chance at 1800 LCL.  So, I went outside, and sure enough, there was a
bright pinpoint of light exactly where the program said it should be.
	But it doesn't move!  I watched it for about 10 minutes!  I suspect the
Iridium should flash pretty quickly, and that what I'm actually seeing is a
star.
	Is this true?  How long should I be able to see one of these sats?


Earl Needham, KD5XB
Clovis, NM
Conquistador Council, BSA
mailto:KD5XB@AMSAT.ORG
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Chi '76  (That was Texas A&I University.)

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