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Is there anybody out there?

Is there anybody out there?

The thing in the sky is called a "flare." Basically the sun is just reflecting off of really large antennae on an Iridium satellite and shining a very bright light down to Earth.

Date: Sunday, 01 June, 2008
Your Location: 40.107°N, 105.148°W
Time Zone: Mountain Daylight Time (GMT - 6:00)
Satellite: Iridium 22
Antenna (MMA): Front
Flare centre is at: 40.088°N, 105.319°W
Distance to centre: 14.8 km (9.2 miles)
Time: 22:39:58
Magnitude: -6
Altitude: 18°
Azimuth: 262° (W)
Mirror angle: 0.1°


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Date: Mon June 2, 2008
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Whooooaaaa! I had no idea from the thumbnail that this would be so cool. This could send a shiver of exploration excitement through me if I saw it really big.


#1 Mon June 2, 2008 6:15am

im feeling like im in another planet...... cooooooolllll.....!!!!!!
#2 Mon June 2, 2008 9:43am

This is good,i like it very much Smile
#3 Mon June 2, 2008 10:35am

This is sooo coool!!!! Love the Flash on the near stuff too...
#4 Mon June 2, 2008 11:28am

Excellent! The flash effect is terrific on top of the flare. Viv
#5 Mon June 2, 2008 12:52pm

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Thanks everyone! Chris, if you PM me your email addy I would be glad to send you a full resolution file Smile -- Tim
#6 Mon June 2, 2008 5:39pm

An impressive shot Tim.....the foreground colours and lighting are fabulous, they highlight the different shapes and textures of the plants.....well done....SmileAlan
#7 Mon June 2, 2008 10:17pm

Thanks, Tim, but there's no need to go through the trouble, even if it isn't trouble. When I was speaking of big, I meant I could well imagine this image being several feet long, and me losing myself in it. It's still great as computer sized.

#8 Mon June 2, 2008 10:45pm

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Thanks Alan!! -- Tim
#9 Mon June 2, 2008 11:19pm

wonderful Tim!
"The poetry of photography will always be more important than the mechanics of the camera..." - J-H. Lartigue
#10 Tue June 3, 2008 1:22am

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Thanks Oly! -- Tim
#11 Tue June 3, 2008 5:05am

Well I learned a new word, "azimuth!"...but I don't think I'll be able to put it into a sentence anytime soon...LOL! Tim, this is just amazing!!!...you have really out done yourself, POTW!!! Thumbs Up!
Thumbs Up! I wish I was a more technically adept person...but just enough to be able to appreciate your coordinates info...even if I may not understand all of it. Smile This looks to be a very difficult shot, and you worked magic!!!! Smile! Daenna
#12 Thu June 5, 2008 8:36pm

Very intense.
#13 Thu June 5, 2008 8:47pm

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Thanks Deanna and JayFlo! Really all the coordinates tell is when and where to look in the sky and how bright the flare is going to be. The website www.heavens-above.com tells you everything you need to know after you enter your coordinates or select them from a map.


#14 Thu June 5, 2008 8:48pm

PS: Did you use a GPS device thingy for the location coordinates? D.
#15 Thu June 5, 2008 8:52pm

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