Re: Lacrosse-5 flares and disappearance.

From: Allen Thomson (
Date: Thu Oct 18 2007 - 11:45:42 EDT

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    --- Gerhard HOLTKAMP <> wrote:
    > (and assuming that this disappearance is intrinsic to the satellite
    > and doesn't depend on the observer) it would mean that it disappeared
    > on that pass every two minutes. 
    There's a significant chance that the disappearance is a directional
    phenomenon analogous to Iridium flares. I.e., it could depend on the
    orientation of the satellite, the direction of solar illumination, and
    the location of the observer.
    It would be useful to get a set of truly simultaneous observations by
    observers separated by a few hundred kilometers to see if their
    disappearance timings were the same. 
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