Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Double Iridium Flare

Iridium flares are bright flashes of light caused by sunlight reflected from any of the Iridium satellites. We wrote about how to see the ISS an another satellites before, but this time I will present a photo of a double Iridium flare. It seems odd since the satellites are spread evenly across the sky, so how come there will be two flares in less than 2 minutes in the exact same place? The answer is that one of the satellites is active and the other one is an old one or a backup one. This is the case with the pair Iridium14 and Iridium62 satellites who gave the double flash seen below.
The exposure is for 13 seconds. I couldn't take longer exposure because there were high clouds reflecting some remaining sun light (the photos were taken shortly after sunset). Seems I missed a few seconds from the second flare (the lower) I've cropped the relevant part and stacked two photos together. I hope you will like the result:
Double Iridium Flare
Double Iridium Flare


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