Re: ISS magnitude surge

From: Tom Wagner (
Date: Fri Dec 14 2001 - 18:07:52 EST

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    Check out the movie showing a flare off the ISS at  It will put much meaning to
    what you saw.
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    From: "James" <>
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    Sent: Friday, December 14, 2001 4:06 PM
    Subject: ISS magnitude surge
    > Early this evening I observed an unbelievably bright surge in magnitude of
    > the ISS - 30 seconds before entering the Earth's shadow. I've been
    > the ISS for some time now and this was by far the best magnitude I have
    > seen - far far brighter than Venus, it almost looked like an aircraft
    > into land. The conditions were perfect, with crystal clear skies and about
    > 15 minutes after sunset.
    > I presume that the increase in magnitude was due to the solar panels
    > directly reflecting the sun? Admittedly this was the first time I had
    > observed an ISS pass so soon after sunset so I guess that the timing of
    > pass and angle of the sun combined to give this dramatic flare-up?
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