Bright IGS 1B Flare

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (
Date: Tue Jul 01 2008 - 18:10:21 UTC

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    Two nights ago I saw a very bright flare (mag -6 or better) by IGS 1B 
    (2003-009B) just after it had passed two degrees above Vega at about 20:58:25 
    UTC, 29-JUN-08). I was totally caught off guard by this flare. Having 
    expected nothing special I was watching with my binoculars but quickly put 
    them away lest I got blinded! The flare was similar to very bright Iridium 
    flares - lasting about as long. 
    Just to save me an hour of research - does anyone of you know right away 
    whether IGS 1B is still operational (I remember vaguely that there was 
    something strange with IGS 1A or IGS 1B).
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
    49.8822 N, 8.6558 E
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