Sunday, 29 April 2007

USA 116 flaring

Pierre recovered USA 116 (95-066A) on the 24th. I observed it this morning, making a nice pass high west.

It was bright for much of its track, +2 to +1, and slowly flared to +0.5 at 02:05:45 UTC (29 April) on the Bootes-Corona Borealis border. An image of this flare is below.

Five minutes earlier I observed a nice flare of Iridium 61 (predicted -8 but I think it was a bit fainter), see also below (2nd image).

(click images to enlarge)

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