Re: Iridium 4 at -2 magnitude!

Bjoern Gimle (
Sun, 17 Aug 1997 12:14:47 +0200

"Dr.Brian Hunter" <bkh@chem.QueensU.CA> wrote:
>Has anyone else seen such brightness from an Iridium?   I think so.
A friend of mine reported an observation of a bright object high in the
east, which gradually disappeared. Brightness as Jupiter. Thia was about
a minute before he observed #24801 at 19:59 UT on 970807.

The only candidate I found was Iridium 7, but I dismissed it because
I did not now they could be that bright, and because the position
observation was so uncertain.

Yesterday, I saw two flashers of about magnitude -2 (during our annual
crayfish party on our dead-end street!)

The first at 20:10 UT, three flashes with 30-60 seconds separation
with only about five degrees motion (120 degrees, i.e. right and down)
about 7 degrees below eta UMa

At about 20:13 UT, about four seconds flash, during which I could see
motion in direction 180 (down). 
This was at about 30 deg elevation, dead north, and later identified as
DMSP F10 (?) #20978)

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