Flaring of ERS-1

From: Petter B. Aslaksen (aslaksen@stud.ntnu.no)
Date: Thu Apr 17 2003 - 17:30:58 EDT

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    I observed the ERS-1 tonight as it was passing pretty much through zenith 
    at 22.41 local time. Heavens-above.com claims that the maximum brightness 
    is 4.8 of this satellite. But, I am certain that for maybe a couple of 
    seconds it was maybe magnitude -1 or at least magnitude zero. Do all 
    satellites flare up like this if the angles are right? Sure enough, it 
    wasn't as spectacular as an iridium flare, but still, it makes me wonder 
    if it was something else I saw. Anyone know the answer?
    
    Petter,
    
    Trondheim, Norway (63.40 N, 10.433 E)
    
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