Re: Iridium orientation/predict

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Wed, 1 Oct 1997 06:41:57 +0100

Rob Matson responded:
>Hi Bjorn,
...
>Ir6 10/1 4:08:00 el 42  0.3 !!  Very bright
...

Thanks Rob, and congratulations on your prediction program!

At 3:38 we had fog, and I could see Capella at 1-power, but not find
Polaris even in binoculars. At 04:05, the sun was at -6 degrees, and
I could see that the fog had disappeared from the ground, but formed
heavy clouds. At about 06:08:03 I found a VERY bright flare, for 3 s
and about four degrees below one cloud, so I don't think I missed any
of it. I haven't seen one brighter than -2 before, this one I couldn't
estimate, so it was well worth it. Too bad I wasn't prepared to video
tape it - I will make more attempts when I can see reference stars.

NORAD __date__ __time__ D azI eI azM eM azS _eS Phs Dur Mag Obs COSPAR Ir
24794 19971001 04:08:03 N 017 42 092 75 085  -6 079   3 -6? BG1 97 20C  6

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