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midtskogenDate: Thursday, 14.08.2014, 07:24 | Message # 2521
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Certainly in this case with -8.4 the uncertainty is in the dimmer direction, but if Calsky says -7.4 and 0.3 off the centreline, it's hardly only satellite location and orientation uncertainty, since Calsky says near perfect orientation, yet one full magnitude weaker (I think heavens above even said 1 km from the centreline, but even that is close to perfect orientation). Certainly, Heavens Above and Calsky wouldn't disagree so much about the distance so the difference becomes one magnitude.

Heavens Above sometimes gives magnitudes close to -9. In a really dark, moonless location it would mean that shadows would easily become visible. But I'm not convinced that they ever get that bright.





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WatsisnameDate: Thursday, 14.08.2014, 14:11 | Message # 2522
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Oh no, the discrepancy between heavens-above and calsky's prediction is not location/orientation error. I'm saying that discrepancy's given a particular source for magnitude calculation are caused by those. Which source has the correct magnitude for a given pass, I haven't a clue. Heavens-above tends to give the most optimistic estimates for the brightest passes, but I don't know how it compares through the whole magnitude scale. It's usually pretty good for the fainter ones. I'm not convinced Iridium flares ever get quite as bright as -9 either, and I've seen several of the theoretical brightest ones. But it's hard to know without a suitable object to serve as a comparison.

Basically how flare magnitude prediction works is that you do the math and derive a formula for the magnitude as a function of knowable or calculable parameters: apparent angular size of the reflecting region, how much of the light source it is reflecting, and how bright that source is. Albedo is of course going to factor in as well, but we can't know or calculate what it is from first principles. However, we can reasonably expect that all the satellites in the Iridium constellation have roughly the same quality panels. So we have an equation with several free variables, one unknown (albedo), and one output. The next step then is to calibrate the formula -- solving for the albedo -- by plotting predicted outputs against observations. The best fit will uniquely determine the equation you use.

If different sites/softwares presumably did not all produce their formula from common data (I don't know, I've never done that kind of work), they're not going to agree perfectly on a given pass. That's why it's best to use several sources to get an idea of what to expect, if knowing the exact magnitude is important. Or do it yourself with photometry. smile





 
Tac1017Date: Thursday, 14.08.2014, 19:33 | Message # 2523
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Hi. I am Tac1017, and I hunt earth-like planets right in our milky way. My favorite thing to do in space engine is to research my terra planets an study them, and make up the species that live on them! As of now, I found over 10 of these planets, and we could live on each one if we could go to them.

Btw, about my age, I tried to make an account with my real bday, but it couldn't work, and I had tons of recommendations like special filters, multiverses, and even alien life detections like night side lights on other planets with it. I am devoted to the game since I first got it a few months back, and I want to blend in with the others into this game.

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Antza2Date: Thursday, 14.08.2014, 19:45 | Message # 2524
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Tac1017, Your post doesn't need it's own thread. Please read the forum rules before posting.




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SalvoDate: Friday, 15.08.2014, 09:10 | Message # 2525
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Tac1017, hi to you too!
Quote Antza2 ()
Your post doesn't need it's own thread. Please read the forum rules before posting.

Maybe it fits better in "Hello - From New Members" thread smile





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midtskogenDate: Sunday, 17.08.2014, 14:32 | Message # 2526
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Woke up 5am GMT+0200 yesterday and got to bed 22:30 GMT-0700. Woke up again 01:30 GMT-0700 (my body thought it was 10:30) and haven't fallen asleep again since. It's now 06:30 and I give up. My brain is not going to work today.




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spacerDate: Sunday, 17.08.2014, 15:05 | Message # 2527
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midtskogen, i am really Confused right now ( tongue wacko )




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WatsisnameDate: Sunday, 17.08.2014, 15:56 | Message # 2528
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Quote midtskogen ()
Woke up 5am GMT+0200 yesterday and got to bed 22:30 GMT-0700. Woke up again 01:30 GMT-0700 (my body thought it was 10:30) and haven't fallen asleep again since. It's now 06:30 and I give up. My brain is not going to work today.


Jet-lag sucks. Welcome to the States, though. smile





 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Sunday, 17.08.2014, 20:34 | Message # 2529
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Original, Unaltered Cut Of Star Wars Trilogy To Be Released On Blu-ray By Disney

This is going to be good





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werdnaforeverDate: Monday, 18.08.2014, 02:16 | Message # 2530
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Quote DoctorOfSpace ()
This is going to be good

I knew this would happen. Disney knows they will sell every last copy.


Edited by werdnaforever - Monday, 18.08.2014, 02:17
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Thursday, 21.08.2014, 01:27 | Message # 2531
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Quote DoctorOfSpace ()
Original, Unaltered Cut Of Star Wars Trilogy To Be Released On Blu-ray By Disney

YUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS





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Tac1017Date: Friday, 22.08.2014, 18:53 | Message # 2532
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Cool planet!
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HarbingerDawnDate: Sunday, 24.08.2014, 15:37 | Message # 2533
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WwadlolDate: Sunday, 24.08.2014, 15:56 | Message # 2534
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HarbingerDawn, But wheres the bucket?
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Sunday, 24.08.2014, 17:34 | Message # 2535
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Quote Wwadlol ()
But wheres the bucket?

The entire Atlantic Ocean basin is the bucket.





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