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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.

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Taken on February 9, 2007