Iridium Flare Help Please...

From: Michael diLorenzo (
Date: Thu Jul 27 2000 - 20:55:57 PDT

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    This is my first post to the list.....
    I'm a very new observer, and was originally drawn to satellites by the
    idea of Iridium flares.  I discovered that Iridium-10 was going to flare
    at 7:45pm EDT, 83deg AZ, with a magnitude here of -8.3.  Yes, that's
    minus eight point three.  According to my gps, my observing site was
    1.7km from the flare center.  The weather was perfect, the sun was low,
    I thought conditions were ideal.  I looked straight up from 7:40 to
    7:55, but didn't see the flare.
    I realize this is of extremely local interest, but did anyone else see
    it?  Can anyone shed some light (pun intended) on this observation?  I
    know that Iridium/Motorola is no longer maintaining these satellites,
    and flares may be more unpredictable?
    Forgive my ignorance.......but please help me do something about it.
    Michael diLorenzo
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