Iridium Flare

Iridium Satellite Flare
30 second exposures. Modified Canon Digital Rebel DSLR camera.

Iridium satellites can be fun to observe. They have large solar panels that reflect sunlight extremely well. If the observer is in the right location, these solar panels can catch the Sun just right resulting in the otherwise faint satellite flaring up in brightness to as much as -8! These have even been observed during daylight. Towards the end of my stay, one of these was predicted to flare to around magnitude -4. These images show the result.