Iridium flares for New York City

Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@cpmx.saic.com)
Thu, 3 Sep 1998 12:21:45 -0700

Hi All,

Don Gardner prompted me to take a look at upcoming Iridium flares for
major metropolitan areas.  New York City was the first that came to
mind, and they will have quite a show over the next week:

Configuration file: newyork.cfg
TLE File: iridium.tle
Site name: New York, NY
Latitude:  40.75170  Longitude:  -73.99420  Altitude:     0.0 ft
Time Zone: UTC  -4.0 h

      Local    Local     Iridium          Sun    Flare   Maximum Flare  Ir
Day   Date     Time    Azm El Rnge N I  Azm Elv Mag MMA Latit.  Longit.  # S
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Thu 98- 9- 3 20:42:12  356 30  855 A L  294 -14   2  L  39.766  -74.365 28  
Thu 98- 9- 3 20:42:30  356 26  924 A L  294 -14  -3  L      9.8 mi W    28  
Thu 98- 9- 3 20:42:52  357 23 1002 A L  294 -14   2  L  42.106  -73.917 28  

Fri 98- 9- 4  6:01:55  184 61  547 D L   76  -4  -4  L  40.825  -74.062 45  
Fri 98- 9- 4  6:01:57  184 60  549 D L   76  -4  -6  L      3.4 mi W    45  
Fri 98- 9- 4  6:01:58  184 60  552 D L   76  -4  -4  L  40.668  -74.055 45  

Fri 98- 9- 4 18:30:34  331 63  538 A L  271   9  -4  L  40.683  -74.034 23  
Fri 98- 9- 4 18:30:36  332 63  540 A L  271   9  -8  L      1.9 mi W    23  
Fri 98- 9- 4 18:30:37  333 62  542 A L  271   9  -4  L  40.834  -74.027 23  

Fri 98- 9- 4 20:36:01  355 32  820 A L  292 -13   2  L  39.857  -74.426 31  
Fri 98- 9- 4 20:36:18  356 28  884 A L  292 -13  -2  L     14.6 mi W    31  
Fri 98- 9- 4 20:36:38  357 25  953 A L  292 -13   2  L  42.023  -74.045 31  

Sat 98- 9- 5 20:29:47  355 34  789 A L  291 -12   2  L  39.921  -74.394 57  
Sat 98- 9- 5 20:30:03  356 30  846 A L  291 -12  -2  L     14.1 mi W    57  
Sat 98- 9- 5 20:30:21  357 27  909 A L  291 -12   2  L  41.913  -74.072 57  

Sun 98- 9- 6 20:23:33  355 36  761 A L  290 -11   2  L  39.987  -74.405 60  
Sun 98- 9- 6 20:23:48  356 32  812 A L  290 -11  -1  L     15.7 mi W    60  
Sun 98- 9- 6 20:24:04  357 29  868 A L  290 -12   2  L  41.805  -74.134 60  

Mon 98- 9- 7  5:47:10  191 61  547 D L   74  -7   0  L  41.090  -73.825 76 M
Mon 98- 9- 7  5:47:15  190 59  559 D L   74  -7  -3  L      9.4 mi E    76 M
Mon 98- 9- 7  5:47:26  189 55  582 D L   74  -7   2  L  40.174  -73.795 76 M

Mon 98- 9- 7 20:17:21  356 38  733 A L  288 -11   2  L  39.956  -74.317 29  
Mon 98- 9- 7 20:17:35  357 34  782 A L  288 -11  -2  L     11.3 mi W    29  
Mon 98- 9- 7 20:17:52  357 31  838 A L  288 -11   2  L  41.774  -74.066 29  

Tue 98- 9- 8 20:11:11  356 40  708 A L  287 -10   2  L  39.974  -74.303 32  
Tue 98- 9- 8 20:11:25  357 36  755 A L  287 -10  -2  L     11.1 mi W    32  
Tue 98- 9- 8 20:11:41  357 33  808 A L  287 -10   2  L  41.735  -74.078 32  

Wed 98- 9- 9  5:40:45  204 58  564 D L   74  -9   1  L  40.942  -74.474 26  
Wed 98- 9- 9  5:40:49  203 56  573 D L   74  -9   0  L     24.9 mi W    26  
Wed 98- 9- 9  5:40:58  200 53  593 D L   74  -9   2  L  40.204  -74.455 26  
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Note that the one on Friday night at 6:30pm is before sunset.  I included it
only
because of the -8 magnitude prediction.  Also notice that most of the flare
centerlines are west of the coordinates I chose, so if you happen to live in
Newark (or really anywhere in eastern Jersey), you'll be in prime position.
--Rob