April 18, 2012

A Flare of the Iridium Type

Another iridium flare. This one happens to have been caused by the satellite Iridium 60. It was launched March 30th 1998 from Vandenberg AFB in California aboard a Delta II rocket along with four of its iridium buddies.

Like all the Iridium satellites this one is a communications satellite for satellite phones. It is in a polar orbit going from pole to pole and back in about 100 minutes. It is in orbit almost 800 km above the earth.

I don't have much else to say about this picture. I took it on saturday night from Mt Tolmie. It was a 30 second exposure.


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