Re: Question about Flashes not listed at Heavens-Above.com

From: Thomas Ashcraft (ashcraft@heliotown.com)
Date: Mon Oct 06 2008 - 17:45:40 UTC

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    Follow-up:
    
    The satellite has been identified as Iridium 17.
    
    Also, I learned that heavens-above.com only lists Iridiums that are in 
    control.  This is very helpful information and I will pass this on to my 
    fellow meteor observers.
    
    Clear skies,
    Thomas Ashcraft
    
    
    
    Thomas Ashcraft wrote:
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    > Some meteor observers, including myself, who operate all-sky cameras 
    > often get bright negative magnitude satellite-like flashes that are 
    > not listed at www.heavens-above.com.  Am I right in assuming that 
    > heavens-above.com does not list all satellites that create negative 
    > magnitude flashes?
    >
    > For example, this morning I captured a -3 magnitude flash at 1223 UT ( 
    > 6:23 am MDT) in my north northwest sky which was seemingly a sat flash 
    > but is not listed at heavens-above.
    >
    > I posted a brief movie clip of this 1223 UT  unidentified flash on my 
    > daily archive page. See the last specimen on the page.
    > http://www.heliotown.com/Fireballs_October_06_2008_Ashcraft.html
    > This seems very much like a sat flash.
    > I am wondering if anyone could check if any satellites were predicted 
    > to appear in my local sky around then?
    >
    > Many thanks in advance for any replies.
    >
    > Thomas Ashcraft
    > 35.50 N Lat  105.89 W Long
    > New Mexico
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