Iridium Satellites

Iridium Satellites

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Credit: Ted Kinsman/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Iridium satellites on a decaying orbit. Photographed from Rochester NY on July 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm, closely followed by the bottom satellite at 10:21. These satellites were -8 magnitude in brightness. The Iridium satellite network was a world wide phone network that went bankrupt. The satellites are now on decaying orbits and will burn up in the atmosphere over the next decade.

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Keywords: astronomy, bankrupt, decaying, decaying orbit, iridium, network, night sky, orbit, satellites, space junk, space trash

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