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Iridium 64 Flare [Mag. -6.3]
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Date Taken: 07/22/2013
Photographer: Aaron C.
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Mount: Orion Paragon HD-F2 Heavy Duty Tripod
Other Camera: Nikon 1 V1
Exposure: 1x30 sec @ ISO 400 f/10
Notes: Iridium satellites are part of a fleet of satellites, built for worldwide wireless communications. When you happen to see the reflection of sunrays from one of the three MMA antennas or from the solar panels, you will stand in the limelight: The satellite lights up for a few seconds and produces an almost dazzling flare, that can even cast shadows. I used CalSKY.com to predict the flare.

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