Re: Decay over Southern France ??

Date: Fri Oct 12 2001 - 10:58:27 EDT

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    This sounds a lot like it could be a flare off an Iridium satellite.  
    According to the Heavens-Above website 
    %2DProvence&TZ=CET), there was such a flare in your area on the evening of 7 
    October.  The flare was from Iridium 11 and was in the correct direction 
    (Azimuth 138, Altitude 48), however it occurred at 20:42 Central Europe 
    Summer Time (18:42 GMT, if I've done the conversion correctly).  This is 
    about 1:20 after your reports.  The reports sound so much like an Iridium 
    flare, I'm wondering if the reported time may have some error associated with 
    it.  How accurate/reliable is the timing information from the observers?
    In a message dated 10/12/01 6:07:25 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:
    > Two groups of people, unaware of each other reported a sighting of a
    >  green-bluish light on 7th October at 19h21 (17h21 UTC). One of these groups
    >  (two people, one of which is a trained Ferry Boat commander) was in Senas,
    >  several kilometers northwest of Aix-en-Provence. He spoke of a greenish
    >  light observed for 2 seconds towards the southeast (145).
    >  The second group (4 people) was in Fayence, several kilometers to the East
    >  of Aix-en-Provence. They described a blue light visible 3 seconds, again
    >  towards the southeast.
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