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Bright satellite flash

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Guys,

Last night at 2312ut, by my watch, I noted an extremely bright flash from a satellite as it crossed our skies.
It was around 10* above Altair, in line with Vega. For a few seconds it was far brighter than any other star in the Sky.
I thought it may have been an Iridium flare, but it was travelling W - E. ???
No satellite was visible before or after that outburst.

Anybody else see it, I'm puzzled.
Too much dew in the air for my scope last night :x

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Have you checked the heaven's above ?
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Post by astrotones »

I observed this last night whilst chatting on the phone in my back garden and iam in the NW of england.

Not checked heavens above yet but from what i experianced it's not likely to eplain it tbh :? .

James :)
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Post by astroeddie »

Guys,

Nothing on Heavens-above.
Just listing Iridium flares for the previous 24 hrs.

Just curious thats all. Definately there if "astrotones" noticed it aswell.

Off to work in a few hours, so clear skies to you all, til my return in late dec/Jan.

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Post by Alastair McBeath »

Eddie & James,

Given that you've ruled out an Iridium flare, it's possible that two such widely separated sightings of this flash - assuming you both saw the same object - were because it belonged to a bright meteor, or fireball (= a meteor of at least magnitude -3), not a satellite.

I should be able to tell more if you can send me full details of your sightings as soon as possible. I especially need information on exactly where the object was in the sky as you each saw it, giving positions for the start and end of the trail please, and information on your exact observing locations.

Sightings of any fireballs, or suspected fireballs, are always welcomed at the Meteor Section, especially those seen from the UK and nearby. The information to send is outlined at:

http://www.popastro.com/sections/meteor/fireball.htm .

Alastair McBeath,
Meteor Director, Society for Popular Astronomy.
E-mail: <meteor@popastro.com> (messages under 150 kB in size only, please)
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