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-8 Iridium flare through M31 and UFOs!!

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Did anyone see the -8 iridum flare pass by M31 tonight (20040914) - absoloutley spectacular!! I got an image of it but it's on slide film (sorry but I haven't caught up with you 300D guys yet) so it will be a while before I get it developed.

Also while out I saw 3 UFOs!! No I haven't gone lala to me they were unidentifed objects. They looked like 3 mag 4.5 stars forming an equilateral triangle about 5 deg wide moving as a group. Saw them first around alpha and gamma Aquairii and they moved toward Fomallhalt. I looked away to make sure that my eyes weren't plaing tricks but when I looked back I picked them up again.

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Don't the yanks have three spy satellites that pass as you discribed....can't remember the name :roll:

Looked it up on the web try NOSS Satellites. (Naval Ocean Surveillance System) www.eclipsetours.com/sat/class.html

Maybe heavens above can confirm?

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Replied by gnason on topic Re: -8 Iridium flare through M31 and UFOs!!

Also while out I saw 3 UFOs!! No I haven't gone lala to me they were unidentifed objects. They looked like 3 mag 4.5 stars forming an equilateral triangle about 5 deg wide moving as a group. Saw them first around alpha and gamma Aquairii and they moved toward Fomallhalt. I looked away to make sure that my eyes weren't plaing tricks but when I looked back I picked them up again.DaveG


Dave,

You saw one of the NOSS triplets, which are US spy satellites in a triangular formation. You can get predictions on www.heavensabove.com

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Replied by Paul Tipper on topic Re: -8 Iridium flare through M31 and UFOs!!

Did anyone see the -8 iridum flare pass by M31 tonight (20040914) - absoloutley spectacular!!


Dave, from what location did you see the Iridium flare? The visibility and magnitude of Iridium flares are highly dependent on the viewer's location - your -8 flare was probably invisible to anyone more than 50km from where you were.
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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: -8 Iridium flare through M31 and UFOs!!

Not particulaliry effective spy planes if you get their predicted fly over times off the web?? :lol:

What were they doing, spying on Dave Gs deep space tracking center. :wink:
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Paul

The -8 was visible from my house about 4miles SW of Birr.

Gordon

Thanks for that I thought that I'd watched Close Encounters one too many times!

Dave

It's OK my cloaking device was activated that night! :D

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