February 22, 2018

AstroEvent of the Week: Spotting Iridium Flares.

Looking up at the dawn or dusk skies, itís not uncommon to see a satellite brighten, flare up, and the abruptly disappear from view. What youíve just seen is an Iridium flare, a glint of sunlight off of a refrigerator sized satellite†panel. Motorola launched this series of 66 communications satellites in 1997 through 1998 and they are currently owned and operated by Iridium Communications, Inc.

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