Svalbard mystery object

From: PAUL MALEY via Seesat-l <>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:30:59 +0000 (UTC)
I spent last week in Svalbard at the northernmost inhabited settlement on the planet.  This was my second
trip there.  The total eclipse of the Sun occurred March 20 and that night between sunset and midnight I was
able to see no less than 24 Iridium flares.  However, I need the assistance of experts on this list server
to try to figure out the origin of a mystery object or objects that I photographed after midnight on
March 21 from the area near my hotel in Longyearbyen.  I have built a web page with the account and
17 photos that will help perhaps.  In all of my years of sky watching I have not seen an apparition quite
like this, which appeared to resemble a rocket engine firing of some sort except that it occurs over
a 45 minute interval.  In fact, I had the impression that it was visible well before I began photographing
it with central brighenings occurring and reoccuring.  If anyone has any technical explanation (especially
anyone living at high latitudes where optical phenomenon are common), please forward it to me.

Paul D. Maley

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