|By Simone Corbellini||14 January 2011|
Long Iridium Flares
The longest iridium flare occurs when the reflected ray is approximately in the orbital plane and the satellite elevation is low. For a satellite elevation of only 10° the mirror angular speed can be as low as about 0.02 deg/s.
Fig. 1 - Example of a long Iridium Flare.
Fig. 2 - Example of a long Iridium Flare.