Monday, September 08, 2008

Iridium Flares

This looks like fun for people interested in astronomy and 'things in the sky'. Apparently, a few years ago the Iridium Corporation sent a whole bunch of communication satellites up into the sky. They orbit at quite low levels. As with all satellites, when the angle is right the sun reflects off them and we can see them from earth. Apparently, these flashes can be quite bright - brighter than Jupiter or Venus. Somebody, who obviously understands plenty of maths has created a website to predict these flares for a particular location. So if you're interested click on the link : There is also info on comets and asteroids and more.

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