ISS (International Space Station) IRIDIUM FLARES and more!

United States
August 13, 2007 12:31pm CST
Check out the ISS when it comes by your neighborhood. Watch the spectacular Iridium flares as the multi million dollar Iridium satellites burn up on re-entry. AND MORE! This web site can tell you when and where to look. It is free! http://www.heavens-above.com/ What do you think? Is this a neat web site or what?
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@VKXY62 (1606)
• Australia
31 Aug 07
Hi Red, I had to come and look when I saw this, not much stuff like this gets posted. All top stuff except the Iridium sats aren't burning up, these thingies have a big mirror on their side, if you happen to be under one when it is lit up by the sun and its mirror is pointing right at you, that is spectacular, You spot a tiny faint satellite at first, nothing special, but as it approaches, for want of a better word, zenith, it increases in brightness rapidly until the only things brighter are the moon, or sun. It only lasts for a few seconds and then they fade back to looking like a normal satellite again. But, well worth the effort to locate one and wait the few days until the event.
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• United States
31 Aug 07
Thanks, for the info. You prove that people should not make assumptions, like I did. I'm glad that flare isn't from them burning up. Then we can see them over and over. Neat!
@Riptide (2761)
• United States
31 Aug 07
Very interesting site. Thank you for sharing. I will definetely cjeck it out in more detail. I love star gazing and this should help me learn what exactly I'm looking at.
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• United States
31 Aug 07
You are welcome. If you like this site, try space.com! Actually, even better. Everything about space from home telescopes to the space shuttle, astrophysics and more.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Very interesting site. I will spend some time looking at it. Thanks for the tip.
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• United States
31 Aug 07
You are welcome and thanks for the response. I thought this thread was going to stay a zero. Best response for you!