05 November 2007

More on Iridium Flares

So Christine and I went outside to catch an Iridium Flare last evening. This was Iridium 57. The magnitude was -4 (that of Venus at her best). For it's 3 seconds of glory it was quite amazing. I had this strange feeling, in that brief time, that I had telescopic sight and I could see every detail on the satellite. Heavens Above showed another flare (Iridium 60) for tonight at almost the exact time and location. This one even brighter at a magnitude of -8. I took my camera out and caught the last second and a half outside a near by church in this photo. Click on the photo for a better image. The fuzzy "star" at the bottom/middle of the image is Comet 17P Holmes again.