Re[2]: Camera flash?

From: Vladislav Gooba via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:00:12 +0300
Oh, okay, I have seen the same things many times. They was not brighten than -3rd mag. And always it was the satellites: Globalstars, Orbcomms, failed Iridiums, and even Parasol one time. There was no flashes that I could not explain. 

I'm certain what I have seen is an artificial satellite reflecting sunlight off of a shiny surface, but rotating fast enough that it flashes for a microsecond. 
I have seen meteors coming "head-on" before, most recently during the Geminids, when one was dead center between Castor and Pollux and it burned bright for about a full second, flaring up then fading quickly. It moved slightly but I could tell it was a meteor. 
These "camera flash" flares (I'm told they're often called "glints") I've jokingly remarked are low budget spy satellites that forgot to turn the flash off... 
This discussion makes me feel better that it's not just me who has seen this occur.  I'll continue to look for them (when the weather clears up) and try to document any more instances while looking up. 
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