I first saw an Iridium flare about 3-4 years ago; before even all the satelites were up. I was at a bar, and one of the regulars told me about it. What was really cool was that this had become somewhat of a ritual at the bar; 5 minutes before the designated time, many of the regulars would go out onto the patio to watch, sometimes 10-20 people. Of course, there would always be questions as to the other stuff up there (mostly planets). Anything that can get that many people to go outside to look up is pretty neat. (of course, the pros hate them; one flare can destroy sensitive CCD equipment, which is the original reason for tracking the flares).David
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