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Iridium flare 2008 08 11.jpgComet holmes and iridium flare.jpg
  • Top: a simulated animation of a typical Iridium flare
  • Bottom: Both images show a flare of an iridium satellite. Comet Holmes can be seen in the right image, slightly above the tree branch.

Satellite flare, also known as satellite glint, is the phenomenon caused by the reflective surfaces on satellites (such as antennas or solar panels) reflecting sunlight directly onto the Earth below and appearing as a brief, bright "flare".

The Iridium constellation with 66 active telecommunication satellites in low Earth orbit are known to cause the brightest flares of all orbiting satellites.


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