My first Iridium flare

Huston, Stu (A016174@MDCPO102.HB.MDC.COM)
Wed, 29 Oct 97 09:39:00 PST

I finally downloaded Rob Matson's IRIDFLAR yesterday and did a prediction. 
 Lo and behold, the first flare was a -5.6 magnitude with a maximum about 
1/4 mile from my house!   So at 18:18 PST, with absolutely clear skies, I 
went up on my roof (I didn't bother walking over to the maximum location) 
and saw an absolutely spectacular flare.  Much brighter than Jupiter (close 
by, mag ~ -2.5) and Venus (farther away, mag ~ -4.3 [also a nice sight with 
Mars only 2 deg away]), so the magnitude prediction was probably pretty 

Are they all like this?

Stu Huston