Iridium Flares - Do you watch them too?

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Iridium Flares - Do you watch them too?
Posted by Silveradogold on Sunday, October 13, 2013 12:06 AM

Hi fellow astronomers, 

I just wanted to know if you watch Iridium Flares like I do.

Please post if you do. I would like to check the pulse of the Iridium Watchers.

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33° 48' 10"N, 117° 57' 49"W "Remember, without data your conclusion is just another opinion" Look at all the stars. You look up and you think, "God made all this and He remembered to make a little speck like me." It's kind of flattering, really. +++ 150mm SkyWatcher refractor - 120mm reflector - Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Binoculars +++

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Posted by DanWebb314 on Sunday, October 13, 2013 2:16 AM

I used to watch them when I first discovered http://www.heavens-above.com/ website, but I have not seen any in a while.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, October 13, 2013 12:14 PM

I've been observing Iridium flares since I first learned of them in 1997. Iridium 45 on September 14th (magnitude -8.3), Iridium 58 on October 6th (magnitude -8.2), and Iridium 55 on October 7th (magnitude -6.2) were the three brightest flares that I've witnessed recently.  My house was right at the flare center for Iridium 58.

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/projects/3307166.html

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, October 13, 2013 2:16 PM

One of my photos of an Iridium flare is posted at http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/m/other/411460.aspx (Cosmic Creations Page 15)

Links to images in the Reader Photo Gallery will no longer hot-link, unfortunately.

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 3:22 AM

I caught a -0.8 magnitude flare from Iridium 58 on Sunday evening at 19:47:02 EDT.  It appeared in the south-southeast above the gibbous Moon at an altitude of 47°.

Dave Mitsky

 

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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Posted by Silveradogold on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 11:38 PM

Excellent Dave,

I and my girlfriend won't feel alone when we watch the Iridium Flare on Friday, Oct. 18, at 1912pdt.

This will be Iridium 59, peaking at -4.2 mag; It will be interesting to say the least.

Clear Skies ----- Silveradogold Cool

 

33° 48' 10"N, 117° 57' 49"W "Remember, without data your conclusion is just another opinion" Look at all the stars. You look up and you think, "God made all this and He remembered to make a little speck like me." It's kind of flattering, really. +++ 150mm SkyWatcher refractor - 120mm reflector - Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Binoculars +++

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