FW: First iridium flare?

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@home.com)
Date: Sun Mar 05 2000 - 11:22:35 PST

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    Tony Beresford asked:
    > I just got this e-mail from a member of the local astronomical
    > society Martin Lewicki (mlewicki@dove.net.au). Does this
    > qualify as the
    > earliest Iridium flare?.
    Probably not the earliest Iridium flare, but perhaps the earliest reported
    > There were no references to Iridium flares
    > in the June or July 97 output from Seesat. Due to a mixup, I
    > lost the Aug97-dec97 e-mail archives.
    On 2 Aug 97, Leigh Palmer reported his flare observation of 1 Aug 97, which at
    first seemed to have come from Cosmos 1953 (88050A / 19210):
    On 15 Aug 97, Brian Hunter saw another flare, which he connected with an
    Iridium, and which led him to find that an Iridium had been in the same
    vicinity as Leigh Palmer's flare of 1 Aug 97:
    Martin Lewicki's report elsewhere, of flares on 19 Jun 97 may be the earliest
    reported sighting of Iridium flares. Perhaps someone should use deja.com to
    check for possible earlier sightings that may have been reported to the various
    USENET astronomy and space newsgroups.
    Ted Molczan
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