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« Reply #180 on: October 16, 2020, 02:24:22 PM »

Hi Vic,
Maggie's link tells the story about the Iridium flares.  As some satellites tumble they reflect the sunlight as you said.  https://www.heavens-above.com/ used to list the times and locations to see these flares, and with high accuracy too.  You could be outside expecting a flare and if someone was handy you could tell them to look "there" at the right moment and you would see a bright flare.  When it happened they would be looking at you in fear of someone with mystical powers.  It brings to mind the Bob Hope movie when he was about to be boiled by jungle natives and he told them if they did try to boil him he would removes the sun from the sky.  It was convenient he knew a solar eclipse was predicted.  They backed off and he was adored by all at the end of the eclipse for returning the sun to them.  Think it was this movie he also demonstrated the magic of matches.  And told them to practice with the one he lit as he blew out.

Heavens-Above has lots of valuable timings of things to see in the sky.  The ISS fly overs and the Starlink satellites are just couple of examples.
A flare is a neat thing to catch sight of.  Congratulations on this recent one.  It is like a rainbow. The flare and rainbow you see are your own. The person next to you sees their own as each are dependent on your exact location.  The intensity you see and that of the person next to you are different, even if only very minutely so.  Aaaaa....location, location, location....

Mike
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