Red Iridium flare was explained

From: Matson, Robert (
Date: Wed Jun 21 2000 - 11:08:18 PDT

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    I explained Kevin Martin's observation to Seesat-L in a later
    message.  What he saw was a penumbral flare -- one that occurs
    right as the satellite is experiencing sunrise or sunset.  As
    I recall, Kevin's case was one of a reverse sunrise -- sun
    rising in the northeast, but satellite heading south such that
    the sun actually appeared to be setting from its vantage point.
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