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Phoenix, AZ

Sighted on Saturday 01. June 2002
Reported on
Shape: Light | Duration: 20 seconds
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Possible Iridium Flares,…strangeI 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?((NUFORC Note: Witness can check <www.heavens-above.com> to confirm his sightings. PD))

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