Sky at Night - markhumpage
Feb 11 2012. Nice bright Iridium flare captured over a snow laden field during my startrail shoot. Olympus E5, 7-14mm, ISO 500, single 15s exposure, F4. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between an Iridium flare and a meteor. Iridium Flares are common communication satellites which illuminate when the sun reflects off their bright antennas. Usually the brightness, colour and trajectory are a giveaway (noticeably brighter in the center and dimmer at its ends). Iridium flares can also be accurately predicted (http://www.heavens-above.com) and which is the best indicator for confirming, as long as you note the time, direction and elevation. Check out my article on shooting meteors etc here - http://tinyurl.com/3pckhkc

Feb 11 2012. Nice bright Iridium flare captured over a snow laden field during my startrail shoot. Olympus E5, 7-14mm, ISO 500, single 15s exposure, F4. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between an Iridium flare and a meteor. Iridium Flares are common communication satellites which illuminate when the sun reflects off their bright antennas. Usually the brightness, colour and trajectory are a giveaway (noticeably brighter in the center and dimmer at its ends). Iridium flares can also be accurately predicted http://www.heavens-above.com) and which is the best indicator for confirming, as long as you note the time, direction and elevation. Check out my article on shooting meteors etc here - http://tinyurl.com/3pckhkc

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