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Satellite flare, also known as satellite glint, is a satellite pass visible to the naked eye as a brief, bright "flare". It is caused by the reflection toward the Earth below of sunlight incident on satellite surfaces such as solar panels and antennas (e.g., synthetic aperture radar).
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: MerkabaTribeEntity
There are no more Iridium satellites of the flaring type. The last of them fell down last December. The new generation lacks the big panels. It's sad. I used to get a kick out of freaking out my friends.
"Watch this!" *magical hand wave in the direction of the predicted flare*
Sort of symbolic. I guess.
It's sad. I used to get a kick out of freaking out my friends. "Watch this!" *magical hand wave in the direction of the predicted flare*