Iridium 59 and 96 version 1

Simultaneous Iridium flares occurred up and down Minnesota on Friday, February 9, 2007, running from Albert Lea in the south to Hibbing in the north, and crossing pretty much right over my head. At my location, they reached maximum brightness at 7:23:34 PM, at an estimated magnitude -8. Both had an azimuth of 22°. Iridium 96 had an altitude/elevation of 41° while Iridium 59 was at 40°.


Unfortunately, it's highly likely that I didn't have the camera focused properly... I also probably had the aperture a bit wide, and I had to use the curves tool to darken the image to what you see there.


See this Twin Cities discussion or the Star Tribune article.

brnpttmn, jat1974 and 12 more people faved this
  • brnpttmn 8y

    Nice job catching this...brrr.
  • Michael Hicks PRO 8y

    Yes, but at least it was above zero for once! ;-)
  • brnpttmn 8y

    weird it says this photo was taken in's nowhere near (relatively) to minneapolis.
  • Michael Hicks PRO 8y

    Yeah, I was just noticing that too. Now I have to see how many of my other photos are suddenly in a different city...
  • puppethead 8y

    Impressive, well done.
  • Dave Polaschek PRO 8y

    How many do you have in Barcode, MN?

    Nice shot.
  • smcgee PRO 8y

    Nicely done!
  • Michael Novak 8y

    thanks for the shot i wanted to see it.
  • Bl@ck Coffee 8y

    I am very impessed! You have to be happy with the way this turned out.
  • Chris White PRO 8y

    Very nice shot, well done.
  • LIV base13 8y

    Just as amazing as version 2
  • Dave PRO 7y

    Getting these shots isn't easy, and this one came out great. Excellent job.
  • Handolio PRO 6y

    Hello, I'm an admin for a group called More Than Living.

    Thanks for publishing this picture using a CC license - we've used it on our website to illustrate one of our stories: Sleeping satellites - how's this for a wake up call?

    If you'd like to add your pic to our stream of photos - or even to join our group, we'd love to have you.

  • Michael Menefee PRO 4y

    Got lucky and caught my third last night, will be putting it online shortly. I will have to pay attention to Heavens Above and plan a shoot when there is a chance for a double. This is amazingly cool, thanks for sharing.

    Found in a search. (?)
  • citocromo 4y

    Wow, two simultaneous -8 flares. Nice photo, I'll take a look at exif. Congrats.
  • Pat 2jp 1y

    Beautiful capture
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Taken on February 9, 2007
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