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The horrible weather that I have had the last few days finally cleared enough this morning for me to do a spot of meteor hunting. Even though the Geminids Meteor shower was past it's peak I did still see quite a few but they were all fairly faint and not worth posting. The most spectacular sight from this morning was this Iridium Satellite Flare. An Iridium Flare is produced when sunlight reflects off an antenna on an Iridium Telecomunications Satellite. The great thing about these iridium flares is that they are predictable. Whilst I didn't know that this event was going to happen, thanks to the Heavens Above website I now know that this was Iridium Satellite Number 86 and it had a peak brightness of -6.9 at the center of the flare (Venus is currently about -3.9 and Jupiter -2.6)
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