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Daddee
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PostPosted: 10/12/2006, 2:35 pm    Post subject: Nightgazers: Observing Irridium flares Reply to topic Reply with quote

If you reacll the Irridium sattelite phone $5 Billion fiasco from the late 90s - well, the satelites are still up there, and thanks to special software, we know exactly when you can catch an Irridium "Flare" - which can last for several seconds and outshine the planet Venus.

Pretty cool.
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PostPosted: 10/12/2006, 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Think I have observed these from time to time. The space station is very bright like Venus and I think the magnitude is -3.
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PostPosted: 10/12/2006, 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Saw one of these flares at Kitt's Peak last summer during their night observation program. It was really cool!!!

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PostPosted: 10/12/2006, 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

GTG see them all the time! Silly
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PostPosted: 10/12/2006, 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

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GTG see them all the time! Silly


IGO used to, but now he's just a boring old guy! nutty
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PostPosted: 10/12/2006, 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

The Irridium flares can be as bright as -9.5 (with most hitting around -Cool

For those wondering what the -8 means, read this.
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PostPosted: 10/12/2006, 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

evenstar wrote:
evenstar wrote:
GTG see them all the time! Silly


IGO used to, but now he's just a boring old guy! nutty


Daddee wrote:
The Irridium flares can be as bright as -9.5 (with most hitting around -Cool

For those wondering what the -8 means, read this.


Does that mean Hooli ends up a shining bright 0 ?

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PostPosted: 10/13/2006, 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

evenstar wrote:
evenstar wrote:
GTG see them all the time! Silly


IGO used to, but now he's just a boring old guy! nutty

I still see them from time to time. Not as intense and not as frequently but I do see them.
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PostPosted: 10/13/2006, 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

IGO wrote:
evenstar wrote:
evenstar wrote:
GTG see them all the time! Silly


IGO used to, but now he's just a boring old guy! nutty

I still see them from time to time. Not as intense and not as frequently but I do see them.


...do they speak to you also? weird!
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PostPosted: 10/13/2006, 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Not so much anymore.
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PostPosted: 10/13/2006, 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

GTG wrote:
evenstar wrote:
evenstar wrote:
GTG see them all the time! Silly


IGO used to, but now he's just a boring old guy! nutty


Daddee wrote:
The Irridium flares can be as bright as -9.5 (with most hitting around -Cool

For those wondering what the -8 means, read this.


Does that mean Hooli ends up a shining bright 0 ?

GTG


It really depends on if he's wearing a hat or not. Sans hat we're looking at -12.6 minimum.
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PostPosted: 10/13/2006, 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Daddee wrote:
GTG wrote:
evenstar wrote:
evenstar wrote:
GTG see them all the time! Silly


IGO used to, but now he's just a boring old guy! nutty


Daddee wrote:
The Irridium flares can be as bright as -9.5 (with most hitting around -Cool

For those wondering what the -8 means, read this.


Does that mean Hooli ends up a shining bright 0 ?

GTG




It really depends on if he's wearing a hat or not. Sans hat we're looking at -12.6 minimum.


Let this blind ya: Moon
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PostPosted: 10/13/2006, 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

evenstar wrote:


Let this blind ya: Moon


Hmmm, I think that's about a -2.3.
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PostPosted: 10/14/2006, 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Look at the Wikipedia article - that one definitely ranks as a -12.6
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PostPosted: 10/14/2006, 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

If there's an ignition source we might even see a -22.4 flare!
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