Iridium 59 and 96 version 2

The same image as the previous in my photo stream, just darkened more.


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.

Bolobilly, Fra:-) and 8 more people faved this
  • Dan PRO 8y

    So far I think you have the only double iridium flare pictures on Flickr, after looking at "iridium flare"-tagged pictures. Good job!
  • Michael Hicks PRO 8y

    There are a few others which could qualify:

    Iridium 36-97 Cosmos 1484f by ipaintman

    Iridium 90 55 01-17f by ipaintman

    Iridium 7 and friend by jpstanley

    Though I suspect all of those were flares which occurred one after the other, rather than at the same time.

    This is amazing.
  • NavneethC 8y

    Nice catch! These must be relatively rare. I have seen one occur around half a minute apart from the first, but with 15-second limit, I can't hope to photograph those for now.
  • alforque 8y

    Very cool shot. Nice timing and aim.
    Found in a search. (?)
  • LIV base13 8y

    WOW - I want to see this LIVE!!
    Really nice catch!
  • enryb 7y

    This is fantastic. Wish I could see something like this someday. Well Done.
  • 6y

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    (RA, Dec) center:(159.57213439, 71.5798620169) degrees
    (RA, Dec) center (H:M:S, D:M:S):(10:38:17.312, +71:34:47.503)
    Orientation:105.60 deg E of N

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