Jump to content

sgl_imaging_challenge_2021_annual.thumb.jpg.3fc34f695a81b16210333189a3162ac7.jpg

Wondering about a Bright Flash


Recommended Posts

Just getting back into astronomy over the last few weeks after taken a couple of decades off. 

We were out tonight, and spent some time looking at Cassiopeia with the eye. There was a point that was 15-20° to the west of Segin that suddenly became bright and went back to nothing in the span of about 5 seconds. I am not sure of the magnitude, but it was a good deal brighter than any star around it. The point did not move.

Any ideas what this could have been?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It sounds like an Iridium flare of sorts, the point not moving is the sort of problem.

Iridium satellites flare and there remains the normal satellite brightness (little) but they tend to move as they continue in their orbit.

Besides Iridium Satellites there are others and maybe one of those that has different charactoristics. Geostationary would explain the lack of subsequent movement but they are too far away to show a significant flare and then remain visible by eye.

Problem these days is that thee are a lot of satelites up there all with panels and so potentially flaring, also the sort of one off satellites are not predicted on sites like Heavens Above and Calsky.

If I recall someone in Tx as asking aboiut the same 3 or 4 weeks back.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.