Milky Way and the Iridium Neighbor

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Image of an Iridium flare that occurred near the Milky Way, clearly visible on the left side of the image. The “Iridium Flare” is produced by the reflection of the antennas and solar panels from the Iridium satellite network. Sometimes, the increasing brightness can be 100x brighter than a star of magnitude “0”. In the image, the form of galaxy is caused precisely by increasing the brightness while moving simultaneously in the sky during the long exposure, leaving that characteristic appearance. These satellites can be observed with the naked eye, even from a big city like Lisbon.

The image was captured on Monte Bravo in Mourão, the great Dark Sky Reserve Alqueva in Alentejo, Portugal.

Canon 60Da ISO2000-10mm f / 4 Exp 120 secs. + Vixen Polarie. 16/06/2013 at 3:54 AM

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