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m1618
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Some bright light near Cassiopeia new
      #5655223 - 01/31/13 10:34 PM

I didn't know where to post this but did anyone else see a "star" brighten to about Jupiter magnitude and then fade (near Cassiopeia)? This occurred around 7PM Pacific. I was driving. It was not an airplane. Perhaps satellight rotating? It was pretty bright though. Thanks for any possible explanation.

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BrooksObs
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Re: Some bright light near Cassiopeia new [Re: m1618]
      #5655634 - 02/01/13 06:22 AM

If we are talking about a single brightening-peak-fading cycle of around 30-45 seconds the description and time of evening would pretty well match a glint off one of the host of Iridium satellites. These sightings are fairly common from any particular location.

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WillCarney
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Re: Some bright light near Cassiopeia new [Re: BrooksObs]
      #5656241 - 02/01/13 12:11 PM

You can go to heavens above or calsky web sites to get predictions. You can enter the location and time of your event and see which satellite it was. I did not know your location so could not do it. Iridium flares happen often with up six or seven even in one night. While neat they are a bother for those taking astro pics. William

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Re: Some bright light near Cassiopeia [Re: m1618]
      #5657135 - 02/01/13 09:06 PM

Probably a satellite like Iridium, which can get very bright. They can be brighter than Venus. It could also be the International Space Station.

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Brett Carlson
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Re: Some bright light near Cassiopeia new [Re: Ptarmigan]
      #5682414 - 02/15/13 09:43 PM

Sound like an iridium flare to me.

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David Castillo
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Re: Some bright light near Cassiopeia new [Re: Brett Carlson]
      #5685877 - 02/17/13 08:13 PM

I have witnessed a flare in the area you described. I was amazed at how long it lasted. I thought it was a bolide meteor, but the general consensus was that it was an Iridium flare.
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panhard
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Re: Some bright light near Cassiopeia new [Re: David Castillo]
      #5685905 - 02/17/13 08:29 PM

My Starry Night indicates there was an Iridium flare in the vicinity of Cassiopeia at that time.

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