Re: "Whopper" or "monster" flare

Bryan Dort (
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 13:18:27 -0400

>>I'm happy to report having seen a monster Iridium flare Monday night!  
>Ok folks, this is bugging me.   At first they were "whopper flares", now
>we have "monster Flares".   Are they the same or is it a "whopper" up to

Maybe the following table will help:

Description                       Mag
----------------------            ---
'My eyes are burning'             -22
    (Usually during a solar transit)

monster flares                    -6

whopper flares                    -4

'WOW that's bright'               -2
    (Could also be 'There goes MIR, again!')

biggie flares                     0
    (not to be confused with biggie fries)

whimpy flares                     +2

'Where are my binoculars?'        +6

'I wish I had a newtonian.'       +10

'I wish I live at Mt. Palomar.'   +15 


Bryan Dort - 
Programmer / Analyst - Alpena General Hospital -
Alpena, MI  USA   45.0524N  83.4575W 200m