Iridium double-flare

From: Matson, Robert (
Date: Fri Mar 02 2001 - 12:02:36 PST

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    Hi Scott,
    Thanks for your post about the double-flare from Iridium 32.
    (However, I'm not showing a flare for this satellite from
    Winnipeg on 1 March -- are you sure it wasn't Iridium 37?
    I show it flaring at 20:10:01 CST.)
    Over the years, a handful of these elusive double-flares have
    been observed, and as the writer of IRIDFLAR I've certainly
    taken an interest in trying to track down the source of
    them.  Could you provide more information about the circumstances
    of the observation (your coordinates, the time of the peak of
    first flare and the approximate delay in time before the second
    flare peak.)  I'm assuming the first flare was the predicted
    one and the second one was the spurious one?  
    Rob Matson
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