Iridium satellite flare

Iridium satellite flare

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Credit: PEKKA PARVIAINEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Iridium satellite flare. This is caused by the reflection of the sun from one of the three aluminium antennae on an Iridium communication satellite. The antennae are set at an angle from the axis of the satellite and reflect sunlight to Earth at certain times during orbit. The satellite is one of a series of relatively small communication satellites in orbit round the earth. Photographed in Finland.

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Keywords: communication, communications, evening, finland, flare, glare, glint, global communication, iridium satellite, observation tower, reflect, reflecting, reflection, satellite, starry, stars, trail

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