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Spotting the new Iridium satellites

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In June, I was observing when suddenly something caught my eye. It looked like a wishing balloon, but following the movement, it grew like a string of lights. Then suddenly it struck me: there was a launch of 10 new Iridium satellites a while before, and what I was looking at was this 'train' of satellites and the launch vehicle. I even managed to spot it through my telescope, showing a string of bright spots, but with smaller spots in between them, just a bit 'offset' of the line. 


Now there's a view you don't see every day!


well.. Spacex just launched another 10 of them! So keep your eyes open, they may fly over your head tonight! ;) 

I looked for flight data, but it might be too soon to track them. If anyone finds them, please let us know! 

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They look like regular satellites, I think they won't flash like that anymore.

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It appears Stellarium is keeping up-to-date in already adding them to it's data-base. Check out the 17th magnitude on this one:



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Happy Hunting,




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Wow! sounds like quite a sight. I hope to see that phenomenon someday myself.

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