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Iridium Communications Satellite

Iridium Communications Satellite

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JERRY LODRIGUSS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY 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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