[meteorite-list] Meteor or supernova tonight?

From: lebofsky at lpl.arizona.edu <lebofsky_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:46:22 -0700 (MST)
Message-ID: <55049.>

>From Superior, Colorado, on Tuesday night (July 29) at 11:25:21, there was
an Iridium flare 16 degrees above the horizon in the WSW. It was -4 (3
times brighter than Jupiter). If you were west of "downtown) Superior, it
would have been even brighter.


On Thu, July 31, 2008 9:34 am, Marco Langbroek wrote:

> Iridium satellite flaring, or geostationary satellite flaring.
> - Marco
>> Hi all,
>> About 1 hour ago (somewhere between 11:20pm and 11:40pm Mountain
>> timezone) while walking in my Superior, Colorado neighborhood I saw
>> something in the western sky that was really cool. The thing that
>> caught my eye was a star that brightened and brightened (so it was as
>> bright as Jupiter) and then it faded away. It took between 5 and 10
>> seconds for the whole thing to occur until I couldn't see it anymore.
>> At first I thought it might be a meteor
>> coming toward me from the west, but I didn't see much (if any) movement.
>> It
>> just brightened and faded. I was still walking, so my perspective
>> might've been off with the motion of me moving (so background trees and
>> houses would've been "moving" also). I guess it could still be a
>> meteor, but it seemed more like a supernova (although those take a lot
>> longer to brighten and fade). I didn't hear anything, but I am near a
>> somewhat busy highway. It definitely was NOT an airplane. No blinking
>> lights and not much movement. It was between the stars Arcturus (in
>> Bootes) and Antares (in
>> Scorpius) possibly in the Serpens constellation, like near M5 (Messier
>> 5).
>> I think it was closer to Arcturus (maybe 10 degrees to the south of it)
>> and slightly higher in the sky, but there were several bright street
>> lights in that direction, so I couldn't get a more exact location for
>> it. Sorry.
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