From: Mail (sciteach1950@home.com)
Date: Sat Sep 01 2001 - 12:15:30 EDT

Hello Seesaters,

Two nights ago I was attending a high school retreat that our students go to
every year. Before the retreat, using MapBlast.com, I determined the precise
latitude and longitude of the area in front of the building in which we
spend much of the time after sunset.

About a minute before a -4 iridium flare was to show itself in the east, a
few teachers and myself left the building to hide envelopes for a scavenger
hunt. Seconds before the flare I hollered, "Look up in the sky right over
there. A satellite is going to shine a bright light down to the earth in
just a few seconds." And so it did! The music teacher gleamed with interest
and delight and wondered how I could have known that such a thing was going
to happen!

I want to thank Chris Peat for creating and maintaining Heavens-above and I
want to thank many of the rest of you for introducing me to these types of
observations. Even though modern methods have taken much of the challenge
out of predicting such events, It's still fun and gives a rank amateur like
me the opportunity to "look good" before those people that think it was
because of some great skill and knowledge on my part that I am able to know
when these things are going to happen.  ;~)

Clear skies and good flares,

science teacher

P.S. I recently used a GPS instrument to determine the coordinates of my
front yard. It matches well the coordinates provided by MapBlast. I also
checked the altitude of a US geological survey marker within a few blocks of
my place. The altitude readout from the GPS was within a foot of the value
on the marker. Nice!  The GPS receiver/transmitter cost less than $150.00 at

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