Latest Satellite flare Stories

2011-02-01 14:54:40

By Dr. Tony Phillips, Science @ NASA It's a calm and peaceful night. Stars twinkle in the velvety darkness overhead as a distant plane blinks silently on the horizon. You could almost hear a pin drop. That is, until the flare. High overhead, out of the darkness, a bright light surges into view. For 5 to 10 seconds it outshines the brightest stars in the sky, mimicking a supernova, perhaps even casting faint shadows at your feet. The silence is broken by your own excited shouts. Could this...

2008-07-06 15:00:11

By Maggie Gill-Austern Last Monday night, I had a date with Envisat, the European Space Agency's Earth-watching satellite. At about 9:20, I got up, put on my shoes and went outside to wait on the sidewalk outside my apartment, looking up at the sky. A few weeks earlier, a co-worker had come into the office chirping excitedly about this new Web site he'd found: Heavens- Above. Put in your location and time zone (using either your latitude and longitude, which seems excessively detailed to...

Latest Satellite flare Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Iridium Satellite -- The Iridium satellite constellation is also a system of 66 active communication satellites and spares around the earth. Named for the element Iridium, it was originally to have 77 active satellites, but was later redesigned to have its current number, though the name was retained. Iridium allowed worldwide voice and data communications using handheld devices. The Iridium service once failed financially and the earth stations were shut down. Its financial...

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