Tandem-X (36605) TerraSAR-X (31698) flare, 22 January 2016 MST

From: ronlee--- via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:49:18 -0700 (MST)
Thanks for the information on this pair of flaring satellites.

About two weeks ago I observed a very short, ~ 3rd magnitude flare on a
northbound, 39 degree elevation pass about an hour after sunset.

Tonight at 552 PM MST (UT-7) I went out to observe a 51 degree pass
through the square of Pegasus.  I did not exactly located the square
due to a few thin clouds and twilight but the flare did occur about
where I expected based upon the event of a few weeks ago.

It might have been negative magnitude but the thing that I was not
expecting was that it appeared that there were two flares in very close
proximity.  I think that the lower flare was slightly behind the other.

This was just a visual observation and the separation was minimal.  Next
time I will take binoculars.

I probably should have expected this but I do not recall ever seeing
this pair before.   Very nice and worth seeing if you never have.

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