Iridium Flares

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Iridium Flares

Postby Fu Manchu » Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:24 pm

The Phantom writes
@TheWAWG If anyone is up in the early tomorrow morning there will be a very bright Mag -8.5 Iridium Flare over #Perth at 4:28am Looking WNW.

@TheWAWG This Iridium Flare would be worth waking up to look at as it is a very rare & very bright Magnitude -8.5 (Brightest they get) flare


Should be visible at slightly different times around the coastal towns and cities.

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Re: Iridium Flares

Postby Fu Manchu » Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:45 pm

The Phantom, AKA @Weather_WA AKA EOS wrote:@MistaJinxx @TheWAWG The Iridium Flare will be high in the sky looking West/North West, It will look like a white flare lasting a few secs.

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Re: Iridium Flares

Postby Fu Manchu » Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:08 pm

The phantom wrote:@TheWAWG @MistaJinxx If You Look South South East Before Dawn You Will See The Moon, Saturn, Mars And Spica All Lined Up Along The Ecliptic.

It is 260 light years from Earth and a Blue Giant. Our sun is just a dot if lined up next to this star.

Wiki:
Spica is a close binary star whose components orbit about each other every four days. They remain sufficiently close together that they cannot be resolved as individual stars through a telescope. The changes in the orbital motion of this pair results in a Doppler shift in the absorption lines of their respective spectra, making them a double-lined spectroscopic binary

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Re: Iridium Flares

Postby Fu Manchu » Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:10 am

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That's Saturn next to the moon. Thank goodness to wasn't Uranus.

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