My first Iridium flare

I just saw my first Iridium flare, caused by Iridium 65, with Becky and Barb from the parking lot of the UB Anderson Gallery in Buffalo. And of course, I got a photo:

Wide view here (2592×1944 pixels, 616 KB).

It wasn’t terribly dramatic to the naked eye, but that’s because it was a relatively weak flare from this location (magnitude -2, about the brightness of Jupiter, whereas some flares can get up to -9, about the brightness of a half moon) and we were in a rather well-lit parking lot, so there was lots of light pollution. I definitely look forward to seeing a lower-magnitude (i.e., brighter) flare from a better location sometime soon. But as a “starter flare,” this wasn’t too bad. :)

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