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Iridium 59 and 96 version 1

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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, dennyt, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. brnpttmn 100 months ago | reply

    Nice job catching this...brrr.

  2. Mulad 100 months ago | reply

    Yes, but at least it was above zero for once! ;-)

  3. brnpttmn 100 months ago | reply

    weird it says this photo was taken in minneapolis...it's nowhere near (relatively) to minneapolis.

  4. Mulad 100 months ago | reply

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

  5. puppethead 100 months ago | reply

    Impressive, well done.

  6. davepolaschek 100 months ago | reply

    How many do you have in Barcode, MN?

    Nice shot.

  7. smcgee 100 months ago | reply

    Nicely done!

  8. InventiveMedia Photography 100 months ago | reply

    thanks for the shot i wanted to see it.

  9. Bl@ck Coffee 100 months ago | reply

    I am very impessed! You have to be happy with the way this turned out.

  10. JakeBlaster 99 months ago | reply

    Very nice shot, well done.

  11. livbase13 94 months ago | reply

    Just as amazing as version 2

  12. RGB12 76 months ago | reply

    Getting these shots isn't easy, and this one came out great. Excellent job.

  13. Handolio 75 months ago | reply

    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.


  14. Fort Photo 47 months ago | reply

    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. (?)

  15. citocromo 46 months ago | reply

    Wow, two simultaneous -8 flares. Nice photo, I'll take a look at exif. Congrats.

  16. Pat 2jp 8 months ago | reply

    Beautiful capture

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