Double Iridium Flare

Jul 30, 2009 by Jared Smith

Double Iridium Flare
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Iridium class communication satellites have large solar panels, which can occasionally reflect bright sunlight onto your location. Very rarely, you can see two of these satellites pass over in close succession to one another. Such an occurrence is captured here.

The blurry looking ‘star’ just below and to the right of the flares is actually the Andromeda Galaxy – the most distant (2.5 million light years) object visible to the naked eye.

Labeled version

2 minute exposure, Nikon D70, 18mm at f/8.

  1. 3 Responses to “Double Iridium Flare”

  2. It’s hard to fathom the Double Iridium Flare wasn’t near the hit as David Archuletta!:)

    By Trisha on Aug 1, 2009

  3. Yeah, maybe my next blog post will be “Satellite lands in David Archuleta’s hair!”

    By Jared Smith on Aug 1, 2009

  4. Wow. That it amazazing. I read the entire article so I could put it with the rest of the things I have in my book of useless crap.David Archuleta, then “Double Iridium Flare” Do you need to go see a counselor about some tendencies or emotions you are experiencing. “Where’s Jared at?” Smithplanet I want Jared Back what have you done with him!!!!!

    By Aaron on Aug 4, 2009

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