RE: Bright flare of Lacrosse 4 (00-047A)

From: Stephan Szyman (szymanss@hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Sep 05 2005 - 17:53:34 EDT

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    I also caught lacrosse 4 flaring brightly like an iridium sat,  on 1 sept 
    2005, from approximately 02:03:35 UTC until 02:03:55 UTC (also just near 
    delphinus.) I estimate as well that it reached a brightness of magnitude 0 
    or perhapes even -1.  it came as quite a surprise,  I don't think I'd seen a 
    lacrosse object flare before like that.
    
    a diagram of the pass:
    
    http://www.heavens-above.com/passgif.exe?T=-5&FOV=60&RA=320.356507843838&Dec=19.9286514992469&RAInc=60&DecInc=10&TimeInc=15&SatName=Lacrosse+4&Width=600&Height=600&STime=38596.0860130504&Lat=41.684&Lng=-87.700&Line1=1+26473U+00047A+++05245%2E92208782+0%2E00000050++00000%2D0++94693%2D5+0++++01&Line2=2+26473++67%2E9950+264%2E2049+0003000+254%2E0577+105%2E9423+14%2E64220128++++04
    
    clear skies!
    
    stephan szyman
    chicago IL USA
    41.6840N, 87.7000W; 188 msl
    
    
    >
    >Just like 2 days ago, Lacrosse 4 (00-047A, 26473) did it again. It 
    >displayed a very bright, Iridium-like flare in deep twilight.
    >
    >The sky was still light blue and only the brightest stars visible, but 
    >00-047A for a few seconds popped into view easily, very bright and I 
    >estimate at least magnitude 0.
    >
    >This time the camera was on when it flared, and although the image is light 
    >blue the flare is well visible:
    >
    >http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b176/marcoaliaslama/satellites/lac4flr.jpg
    >
    >Stars of Delphinus can be recognized in the lower right part.
    >
    >- Marco  :-)
    >
    >-----
    >Dr Marco Langbroek  -  SatTrackCam Leiden, Cospar 4352
    >Leiden, the Netherlands, 52.15894 N, 4.48883 E (WGS84), +5 m ASL
    >
    
    
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