Evening of firsts!

Leo Barhorst (leobarhorst@pi.net)
Sun, 31 Aug 1997 23:23:33 +0200

This was an evening of firsts!
The recent fragment 81-59 F could easily be observed and half an hour later
I saw Forte for the first time and 10 minutes thereafter my first Iridium flare.
Just as I had observed 87- 11 A, write down the obs, looked up the next sat in 
the predictions, went outside again from my gardenshed and looked in the general
direction of were this Iridium (no. 16) would pass it flared up. Over about 5 
seconds it became as bright as mag -4 and then faded to mag 5. Quite a spectacular
view. I pushed my chrono at the max of the flare and that is what is repiorted below.
The flare was just under Cassiopeia in the northeast at an elevation of 44 degrees.


97- 20 F 97-08-31 19:34      LB                       S, mag 4 
81- 59 F 97-08-31 20:01      LB                       S, mag 5
92- 94 A 97-08-31 20:08:50   LB   95.8 0.5  10  9.58  AA, mag 4->6
97- 30 E 97-08-31 20:24      LB                       S, mag 6
97- 47 A 97-08-31 20:31      LB                       var, mag 6->7 
94- 68 B 97-08-31 20:33      LB                       S, mag 7
87- 11 A 97-08-31 20:41:21   LB   50.5 0.2  10  5.05  AA, mag 5
97- 30 F 97-08-31 20:42:46.3 LB    5.0 0.0   1  5.000 1 flare mag -4, then S, 5

Shortly here after the seefog moved in and the brightest stars were hardly
visible.

Greetings and clear skies
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Leo Barhorst    Alkmaar   The Netherlands
52.65 North   4.77 East   3 m asl
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Every day I wonder about what I see in the sky