Article on Iridium flare etc over Darwin

From: Robert Holdsworth (
Date: Wed Aug 11 2004 - 03:29:33 EDT

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    The Iridium flare referred to is presumably Iridium 3 which was due to flare
    at 19:15:32 local to mag -8 centred 8.7 km West of Darwin.
    The only thing "rare" about the ISS pass appears to be that it was so close
    in time after the Iridium flare.  I will not comment on the other
    inaccuracies in the article (which I am sure the astronomer is not
    responsible for) because they will be quite obvious to most if  not all on
    this list.
    Despite these errors, still some food for thought about the value of
    objective predictions being available to the public to reduce the
    probability of UFO reports (which could otherwise waste a lot of the
    authorities' time in refuting them.)
    Robert Holdsworth
    New Zealand
    (finally enjoying occasional clear skies!)
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