Re: Iridium flare light across a cloud?

From: Tom Wagner (
Date: Wed Jun 16 2004 - 00:05:06 EDT

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    Now that I think about it, if the flare was exactly between me and the
    cloud, (or is it proper English to say the cloud and me:) how could the
    timing be different? Maybe I imagined the light.
    I added 2000 meters to my altitude in H-A but it made no difference in the
    time of maximum brightness either. Then again, neither did it change when I
    added 10,000 meters to my altitude!
    By the way, it was Iridium 67, USSPACECOM Catalog No.: 25290
    International Designation Code: 1998-021-F
    Tom  Iowa  USA
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    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Tom Wagner" <>
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    Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2004 10:32 PM
    Subject: Iridium flare light across a cloud?
    > I just saw a -8 Iridium flare at an elevation of 59 degrees toward the
    It occurred through a high thin narrow cloud. About two seconds before the
    maximum brightness I swear I saw its light sweep across the cloud.
    > Tom  Iowa  USA
    > Latitude: 42.473513              42 deg  28' 25"
    > Longitude: -92.360413          92 deg  21' 37"
    > Meters above sea level: 274
    > 6/15/04
    > Time zone: USA Central Daylight Time, GMT -5
    > Local Time: 22:05:06
    > Object altitude: 59 degrees  Direction ENE  of travel: South
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