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Occurred : 6/1/2002 21:38 (Entered as : 06/01/02 21:38)
Reported: 6/2/2002 12:31:33 AM 00:31
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Shape: Light
Duration:20 seconds
Possible Iridium Flares,…strange

I believe I witnessed 2 Iridium flares.

On the evening of 06/01/02 I was sitting in my backyard (ZIP 85014) facing east, at approximately 21:00 Hours.

At roughly 21:28 Hours I observed what I believed to be a polar orbiting satellite moving from North to South. I caught it just before it reached its zenith relative to my position. It looked very much like all the other satellites I have seen over the years, a faint but definite, tiny orb of soft white light, with just a hint of orange.

Just as this object hit it's zenith, it flared, quite brilliantly, and faded back to what I would describe as "Normal" for a satellite. The flare lasted approximately 3 seconds.

At 21:38 Hours I saw a re-play of the first event.

The second events flare seemed quite a bit brighter, and possibly as a consequence, I could not track the second object after the flare.

I very firmly believe these objects were "Man made", and not some sort of "Alien Spacecraft".

What troubles me is that they do not seem to conform to Iridium orbits.

Am I wrong?

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