Iridium 12 mag -4 flare

Tristan Cools (
Sun, 24 Aug 1997 01:39:42 +0200 (MET DST)


During an observation session this evening(aug 23) with Kurt Jonckheere, I
was plotting a track for Iridium 12/24837/97-30B on my computer.  There was
a pass at 21:24 UTC.  When we were ready to search for this object we saw a
satellite flare up to at least mag -4.  We quickly realised that this was
the predicted satellite because of the mailings we had on this list about
Iridium flare ups.

Quite spectacular !

Tristan Cools
BWGS member(Belgian Working Group Satellites)

Damse Vaart:    3.2478E/51.2277N 3.75m
Rijckevelde:    3.2856E/51.2045N 6.25m
Brugge     :    3.2166E/51.2104N 5m