Re: double flare

Mir16609@aol.com
Thu, 15 Oct 1998 08:15:25 EDT

In a message dated 10/15/98 07:58:39 AM EDT, paul.d.maley1@jsc.nasa.gov
writes:
>   "was given a double treat this morning (0554 Arizona time).  While
>  looking to see a flare from Iridium 51, I saw a second flare approx. 5
>  degrees from the first.  Of course I don't know which one was 51, and
>  what the other was yet.  I was 28.2km East of center.
>  My location is 32.90N, 111.74W."

Iridium 51 seems to be the wild card here.

This morning at 06:29:19 and 06:31:55 EDT (10:29:19 and 10:31:55 UTC) I
observed 2 flares between Sirius and alpha-CMi.  The first was Iridium 36 at
an impressive -6 mag.  The second was Iridium 51 at a less than impressive
(compared to Sirius) +1 mag. 

I suppose that the in the future we'll be observing an operational Iridium, a
spare Iridium, and a tumbling Iridium all flaring/glinting/strobing at the
same time  :-)

Cheers
Don Gardner
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76.8419 W, 39.1796 N,  34m ASL