Re: FW: First iridium flare?

Date: Sun Mar 05 2000 - 14:27:23 PST

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    In a message dated 3/5/00 2:24:12 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
    > 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:
    Two other early sightings were my own on 8 August 1997:
    and I believe that Bjorn Gimle had some friends who observed a flare on 7 
    August 1997:
    After Iridflar was released I went back and confirmed the 8 August flare with 
    the old elsets.   
    It would be interesting to see which Iridium flared on 1 August 1997.  As I 
    recall there was some question as to the exact time but now with Iridflar it 
    should be easy to cofirm that there was a flare that evening at that 
    location.   The description at the time sure seem to describe a flare.
    Don Gardner  39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL
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