double flare

MALEY, PAUL D. (paul.d.maley1@jsc.nasa.gov)
Thu, 15 Oct 1998 06:13:11 -0500

The double flare was from IR 5.  I had a similar double flare with IR 6 on
October 13 but not quite so close in time.

"This morning I watched the Iridium flare predicted by the GSOC flare 
prediction page
http://www2.gsoc.dlr.de/scripts/satvis/satvis.asp?Lat=40.3964&Lng=-111.5  
4178+++&Loc=Canyon+Meadows&TZ=MST

for Observer's Location: Canyon Meadows ( 40.40?N, 111.54?W)
14 Oct 06:51:58 -5 40? 166? (S ) 8.8 km (E) -6 Iridium 51

To my surprise, I saw two simultaneous flares, both of equal brightness, in 
the predicted time and location, but spaced about 2-3 degrees apart.  My 
location was about 6 km west of the flare center."

AND

 "was given a double treat this morning (0554 Arizona time).  While
looking to see a flare from Iridium 51, I saw a second flare approx. 5
degrees from the first.  Of course I don't know which one was 51, and
what the other was yet.  I was 28.2km East of center.
My location is 32.90N, 111.74W."




Paul D. Maley

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email: paul.d.maley1@jsc.nasa.gov
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