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Iridium 45 Flare at -8.1 mag image

Iridium 45 Flare at -8.1 mag


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Iridium flares represent the unique position of the satellite relative to a ground-based observer where sunlight is redirected to earth yielding flares as bright as -8.4 mag lasting up to 40 seconds or so. These flares also represent the unique occurrence of observing a satellite during the day!

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  • Anthony Ayiomamitis
  • Anthony Ayiomamitis
  • January 19, 2022