Re: Missed Daytime Iridium Flare

From: Tom Wagner (sciteach1950@home.com)
Date: Wed Mar 28 2001 - 15:36:52 PST

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    I have found that sometimes there are no predictions for a flare in my town
    of 70,000 yet some close neighboring small towns have a bright pass
    predicted.
    
    Figure that one out.
    
    Tom
    Iowa
    USA
    
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Thomas A. Troszak" <tom@bullhammer.com>
    To: <kevin.o.morris@worldnet.att.net>
    Cc: "SeeSat List" <SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
    Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2001 10:47 AM
    Subject: Re: Missed Daytime Iridium Flare
    
    
    > The Morris Family wrote:
    > > Yesterday, 26 March, Heavens Above showed a daytime flare at my location
    of
    > > Iridium 6 at 6:18 CST. Yet this morning when I checked Heavens Above
    again
    > > at 6:14 it showed nothing. Is this because of updated orbital elements?
    >
    > My experience indicates that there is a "hole" in the prediction
    > software, sometimes the predictions for a "today"  flare (like in the
    > next few minutes) do not show up in the "next 24 hours" link if it is
    > too close to the actual time.
    >
    > I have had the same thing happen when I went for a "last minute check"
    > before running out the door to observe a flare.
    >
    > I think the workaround is to use the seven-day forecast for based on
    > "today", and if the prediction for "today" does not appear, hit the
    > "Prev" link, and you'll get it as the last date for the previous week.
    > Try this for the flare in question and see if it works.
    >
    > Am I making sense here?
    >
    > --
    > Tom Troszak,
    > Asheville, NC, USA
    > 35.601 N, -82.554 W
    > mailto:tom@bullhammer.com
    >
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