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Iridium 57: Magnitude -8 Flare in Hercules














Iridium #57 Satellite Flare at Magnitude -8 in Hercules (10:28PM EDT); Iridium Satellites can reflect sunlight at up to Mag -8 (much brighter than Venus) for a few seconds or so in a very localized geographic area. This particular flare was less than one mile laterally away from the site where this photo was taken and thus as bright as possible.  The entire event lasted about 30-45 seconds.

  Telescope (Photo) Canon 10-22 Zoom Lens at 22mm (f4.5)
  Telescope (Guiding) iOptron SkyTracker Camera Mount  
  Camera (Photo) Canon 50Dh DSLR Camera (Hutech modified)
  Camera (Guiding) None
  Exposure Detail Single image at 60 seconds each, ISO800; final image processing using Photoshop CS5
  Location Cincinnati Astronomical Society's Dark-Sky Site (Adams County, Ohio) (N38.876, W83.464)
  Date 05/30/2014