Fine slow bright flare of USA 186 (05-042A)

From: Marco Langbroek (marco.langbroek@wanadoo.nl)
Date: Sun Sep 10 2006 - 17:40:21 EDT

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    Hi all,
    
    KH USA 186 (05-042A, 28888) just made a beautiful slow flare here high in the 
    northwest, lasting some tens of seconds and reaching at least mag. -2. I first 
    saw it around the actual brigthness peak (21:13:06 +/- 3s UTC): when I looked up 
    from triggering the camera it already was very bright, then  started to fade 
    while the camera opened. This was the first time I saw it give off such a long 
    flare, instead of the very short glints I had seen it give off so far.
    
    Image can be seen here (crop, reduced resolution):
    
    http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b176/marcoaliaslama/satellites/186_1009.jpg
    
    Will report positions later, along with positions for USA 129.
    
    - Marco  :-)
    
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