Re: Iridium double-flare

From: Rod Sladen (
Date: Fri Mar 02 2001 - 15:28:40 PST

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    Rob Matson ( wrote:
    > 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.
    I wonder if we are in a "double flare season"!  I saw a double flare from Iridium
    36 tonight.  As well as the expected flare (predicted magnitude -3.4, and may
    have been somewhat brighter) at 19:39:26 UT, the satellite flared again to almost
    the same brightness at about 19:40:30, close to Procyon.
    In fact, I had looked away when the first flare faded, to try and use Venus
    for a magnitude comparison, so I was most surprised, when I looked back, to
    see a second flare.
    I should be most interested to know what surface might have been responsible
    for the second flare.
    Rod Sladen, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, UK, 52.923N, 1.219W
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