Re: FW: Iridium Flare Image

Neil Clifford (clifford@astro.ox.ac.uk)
Tue, 9 Sep 1997 10:21:18 +0100 (BST)

|>And now a question...  I see four roughly parallel tracks and one
|>"oddball" track below and roughly perpendicular to those four.  Is
|>that odd fifth track that of the fifth Iridium?  Surely not...?!?
|>But if not, then what is it?

We won't reach a resolution until Paul gets back in the office at the
end of this week, but - if you play with the image in your favo[u]rite
processing package you might spot a fainter parallel track running
between the leftmost two brighter trails... (probably easier to pull out
of the original bmp bitmap files rather than the derived gif/jpg files;
Flare[1,2].bmp exist at the same location but watch out they are >1MB
each).

An alternative would be to fire up skymap and feed in the
circumstances/tle's (don't have my MSDOG emulation setup yet).

regards,

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Neil Clifford                                       <neil@satellite.eu.org>
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