iridium flares

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Sat Dec 02 2000 - 04:30:23 PST

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    Today Dec 2 between 9-12 UTC, I saw three iridium flares.
    Iridium 84? had a easy bright negative mag flare, even thought it is in the following orbit. Time
    was around 11:11 UTC
    IRIDIUM 84
    1 25530U 98066D   00336.55077274  .00005850  00000-0  10664-2 0  1239
    2 25530  86.5840 354.6929 0001973  59.9403 300.2009 14.65899252110902
    So it does flare, I have to keep an eye out for other sat's not in a orbit with a MM of 14.3421
    Iridium 5 was visible to the naked eye for a long time, of all the flares I have seen, the sat is
    faint, get's bright, flares, then gets faint again, so I can't see it. But because of the way the
    sat travelled it was visible for much longer. It moved slowly across the sky heading south. It
    flared at around 9:49 UTC
    Also had a flare from Iridium 56 at 10:58 UTC
    44.6062N -75.6910 W
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