Iridium Communications Satellite

Iridium Communications Satellite

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Credit: JERRY LODRIGUSS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: An iridium communications satellite, part of a system that allows for communication via handheld devices, brightening to approximately minus fourth magnitude as it passes overhead through a star field. The flares are caused by the reflection of direct sunlight off of a mirror on the satellite.

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Keywords: astronomical photography, astronomy, cell phone, cell phones, cellphone, communication, communications, flare, iridium, iridium communications satellite, iridium communications satellites, mirror, satellite, space, star, star field, technology, telephone

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