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IR 4 12 July 2002

The flare is moving from left to right (north to south). Kent caught the beginning of the flare nicely but the exposure wasn't quite long enough to get the end (fade out). However, the image is nicely framed. The flare cut right through Cygnus (the Swan). You can see Deneb and the other stars marking the body.

Map showing path of flare center over Earth's surface
Date: Friday, 12 July, 2002
Location: College Park Observatory (39.001°N, -76.955°E)
Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Time (GMT - 4:00)
Satellite: Iridium 4

At your location
Time: 22:13:33
Magnitude: -4
Altitude: 46°
Azimuth: 66° (ENE)
Mirror angle: 0.7°

Taken by R. Kent Riggins
Filename : DSCN2684.JPG
File Size : 817.4KB (837005 Bytes)
Date Taken : 2002/07/12 21:15:04 (actually see above)
Image Size : 1600 x 1200 pixels
Resolution : 300 x 300 dpi
Bit Depth : 8 bits/channel
Camera : Nikon 995
Quality Mode : FINE
Metering Mode : Matrix
Exposure Mode : Aperture Priority
Focal Length : 9.4 mm
Shutter Speed : 8.0 second
Aperture : F2.7
Exposure Compensation : 0 EV
White Balance : Auto
Lens : Built-in
Sensitivity : ISO800
Sharpening : Auto
Image Type : Color
Saturation Control : Normal
Software : E995v1.6
FocalLength : 9.40(mm)

Last Updated: Fri, 30-Mar-2012 by Elizabeth Warner
University of Maryland UMD Astronomy Department
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