Thursday, June 3, 2010
Thales Alenia Space of France will build the satellites - 66 to form the operational constellation, the remainder to act as spares.
Obviously Iridium flares can be observed anywhere. There are websites that predict them based on the Iridium satellite orbits so you can amaze your friends with your Aztec Priestly Powers, and maybe have yourself declared one of the "new gods". Check out http://www.heavens-above.com/
This flare of iridium 60 with a magnitude of -7 was filmed in Muenster-Hiltrup (Germany), 700 meters away from the flare centre. 19th of June, 2009 at 23:10:07 o'clock (CEST). This film shows quite exactly the impression which one has with unaided eyes. Camera: Panasonic SDR-H280 with NightView.