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Old 27th of January 2010 (Wed)   #1
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Default The ultimate Iridium Flare?

Check this story out, this guy may have beat Karl.


http://news.discovery.com/space/auro...ry-solved.html
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Old 27th of January 2010 (Wed)   #2
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Default Re: The ultimate Iridium Flare?

Cool! It almost looks like what happens when you have a filter on the lens and there's a nick in it, in the day, but weird that it caused the aurora to do that. I think the satellite argument is kinda cool but doesn't the light form after the electrons from the solar radiation mix with our atmosphere?

I'm betting it's a giant jellyfish .
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Old 28th of January 2010 (Thu)   #3
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Default Re: The ultimate Iridium Flare?

I've had "Jellyfish" like that on my pictures before, but I thought the colour of them was down to the type of bright light that causes them. Either way, cool photo.
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Old 29th of January 2010 (Fri)   #4
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Default Re: The ultimate Iridium Flare?

I doubt it's a satellite. Even with a 1/200 exposure, it would show some motion blur. Likely a reflection off the interior of the camera.

A quick look at the exposure time could clear the satellite hypotheses up.
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Old 29th of January 2010 (Fri)   #5
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I disagree with the story of what they think it is . Follow the link below to the story where Obama is canceling the Moon prodject and scroll down to the small picture on the left side and look at that "Bow Shock" from a rocket and tell me it doesn't look like the same type object in the aurora picture .
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/...ation-program/
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Old 30th of January 2010 (Sat)   #6
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Default Re: The ultimate Iridium Flare?

Lens Flare of some type?
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Old 30th of January 2010 (Sat)   #7
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Default Re: The ultimate Iridium Flare?

This very well may be light cast or reflected from a source outside the atmosphere(i.e. a satellite) but it has all the characteristics of a lens flare created by a nearby light source. The wider(full) image shows many possible sources, especially the lights from the closest house at the bottom of the frame. Had this image been taken from a remote location like those Karl images from, I would be much more inclined to believe it was something besides a lens flare.

But then again it might very well be a bow shock caused by a very fast moving cosmic jellyfish. ...it could happen.
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Old 30th of January 2010 (Sat)   #8
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Default Re: The ultimate Iridium Flare?

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I disagree with the story of what they think it is . Follow the link below to the story where Obama is canceling the Moon prodject and scroll down to the small picture on the left side and look at that "Bow Shock" from a rocket and tell me it doesn't look like the same type object in the aurora picture .
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/...ation-program/

Actually, there has been some rocket launches from Russia lately, so maybe it could be something like that? Or maybe its a rocket from Andenes?

This is a picture of a light that Norwegian spacesenter believe is a Russian rocket spinning, but Russia denies it...

Google translate:
http://translate.google.com/translat...85&sl=no&tl=en


Original:
http://www.vg.no/nyheter/vaer/artikkel.php?artid=596385
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Default Re: The ultimate Iridium Flare?

The 'axis' of that object radiates from the nearest porch light perfectly. A search for flare examples from the lens used yields a lot of small, green reflections. This is lens flare. I can't believe they're even talking about this.
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Default Re: The ultimate Iridium Flare?

Lens flare. I've had the exact same thing in some of my astrophotos. It happens when I forget to remove the UV filter from the lens.
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If any of you read the story from the link i provided the man that took the image said it was near a rocket base he use to work at .
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I doubt it's a satellite. Even with a 1/200 exposure, it would show some motion blur. Likely a reflection off the interior of the camera.

A quick look at the exposure time could clear the satellite hypotheses up.
Doesn't look like one to me either...
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Here is from another link showing the whole picture but i still will not believe it's a reflection even from a satellite .

http://news.discovery.com/space/norw...ite-flare.html
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Here is from another link showing the whole picture but i still will not believe it's a reflection even from a satellite .

http://news.discovery.com/space/norw...ite-flare.html
It's too big, and too much of it is evenly illuminated as if it's surrounded by St Elmo's fire.
Looks like lense flare/back reflection, big surprise.
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Take a close look at the light shape in question in Ron's link. Note the halo circle seen faintly that the hour glass shape sits inside of.
http://news.discovery.com/space/auro...ry-solved.html

Now take a look at the flare in the fourth image down on this page (sun bursting above house through foreground tree). Look familiar? Obviously they aren't exact but that stands to reason since this example is flaring from the sun.
http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00TXNu
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