Re: Iridium double-flare

From: Rod Sladen (
Date: Sat Mar 03 2001 - 15:37:17 PST

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    Almost a double double tonight!
    After last night's double flare, I decided to watch at the equivalent time tonight,
    escpecially as there were predicted flares in the same location from two satellites
    just 20 seconds or so apart.
    Iridium 7 (24793) flared to around the expected mag +0.6 at around 19:33:25
    before dimming.  It then reappeared dimly with a maximum at around 19:34:10
    of perhaps only +3 or so.
    I failed to see the predicted mag +1.2 of iridium 51 (25262) at 19:33:46, but
    it flared at around 19:34:30 to something like mag. -2.  Location of the extra
    flare much the same as last night's
    Other bonuses tonight:
    A flare of Mir to about -2 just before it went into eclipse.
    An impressive halo right around the Moon for several hours, passing between
    Jupiter and Saturn.
    Rod Sladen, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, UK, 52.923N, 1.219W
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