Date & Time - IridiumFlares

Description: If you're interested in everyday astronomy, you will love this! Just set your location and this widget shows you the next time an Iridium satellite flares above you! And it's visible to naked eye.

About Iridium satellites:
The Iridium satellites have a highly visible satellite flare. The forward mirror faces the direction in which the satellite is travelling. On their orbits, the antennas directly reflect sunlight, creating a predictable and quickly moving illuminated spot of about 10 km diameter when the reflected beam hits the earth. To a spectator this looks like an extremely bright flare in the sky with a duration of only a couple of seconds. Some of the flares are so bright (up to ?8 magnitude) that they can be seen at daytime, but they are most impressive after dusk and before dawn.

Note that in astronomy, the brightness of a space object is measured in magnitudes. The lower the value, the brighter the star. The Moon has a brightness of -12, The Sun has -26. Mostly the objects below +1 are visible in brighter cities.
Author: zolchew
Version: 1.0
Uploaded on: December 19th 2005 at 1:07 AM
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Just forget some links from the description, it could be useful for beginners:
You can get your coordinates at:

You can get information about what Alt. and Az. mean in the widget:

Posted by: zolchew (developer) on Dec 19, 05 (10:19 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

Note that the last link above is temporary and will expire in 1-2 days from now.

Support site for this widget is under construction.

Posted by: zolchew (developer) on Dec 19, 05 (10:24 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

Very good idea..

But the predictions on the widget are not the same in heavens (same coordinates, same time zone)

Posted by: Achis on Jul 15, 06 (1:43 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

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