Re: Iridium 12 mag -4 flare

Ron Lee (
Sat, 23 Aug 1997 19:52:08

Considering the numerous brilliant flares, I would appreciate a bit more info.
In particular, local time and approximate az/el and direction of the

This will help pin down the circumstances of the flares without having to run
the pass for each observation.

Ron Lee

>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