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Three Satellites

Three Satellites
I was very surprised to find that we were to experience not one, but two, Iridium satellite flares, a little over a minute apart and in almost exactly the same part of the sky. I'd always thought the Iridiums were well separated. The only problem was that it was at an ungodly hour of the morning.

And that hour and slow preparation are my excuse for missing the main flaring of Iridium 94 (the centre track) - by a second or two. Not a problem though, as Iridium 23 flared at the much brighter magnitude of -7 just a little later (the lower track). I must admit that the third (top) track was a complete and unexpected bonus, found when I reviewed the photo on the camera. A quick check on the satellites at that time showed that it is the rocket body associated with the 1992 launch of Cosmos 2227. I went back to bed feeling pleased. :)

Two minute exposure with 50mm lens, photo cropped. Satellite information from www.heavens-above.com

Christina Sonnenschein, Ton Sirisomphone, Antonio Zepeda, ~ erin ~ and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo

16 comments - The latest ones
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Awesome capture.
5 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Don Sutherland club
Thank you.
5 years ago.
Tacheles club
A real challenge with digital gear, because of the noise whilest long term exposure.
Since my past analogue times I've never tried this.
5 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Tacheles club
Yes, the earlier digitals became very noisy with even moderately long exposures. This was the longest I've tried and I was very pleased how little noise arose.
5 years ago.
 Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Unique image!
5 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Peter Van Der Houwen
Thank you, Peter.
5 years ago.
very interesting long expo...
5 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Dynamo
Thank you, AJ.
5 years ago.
Sumptuous !!!!!Excellent capture friend !!!! Compliments! Good evening from City beautiful Chandigarh !!! Wishes for happy and enjoyable weekend !!
5 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Rambonp
Thank you very much.
5 years ago.
Meadowmom club
Excellent. Proves it's getting crowded up there...
5 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Meadowmom club
Thank you, yes it's amazing, particularly when you think that these are among the larger objects.
5 years ago.

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