Iridium flare

- Image ID: AG44P3
Iridium flare
Alistair Scott / Alamy Stock Photo
Image ID: AG44P3
An iridium flare streaks through the early morning sky between the constellations of Cygnus and Lyra. An iridium flare is caused when sunlight reflects off the mirror-like antenna of a satellite in the Iridium telephone network. They often appear as a brief bright streak of light in the sky shortly before sunrise or after sunset and can reach magnitude 9. This one was magnitude 8. Slight motion blur on the stars as this was a long exposure. The bright star near the bottom of the picture (and to the right of centre) is Vega in the constellation of Lyra. The rest of Lyra can be seen to the left stretching towards the tree.
Location: Gland, Vaud, Switzerland

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