Reader’s photo of the International Space Station over Hastings district

Reader David Pulley's shot of the ISS and an Iridium satellite flare.
Reader David Pulley's shot of the ISS and an Iridium satellite flare.

Hastings Observer reader David Pulley has supplied us with this amazing shot he took of the International Space Station.

David writes: “The International Space Station (ISS) and Iridium Flare visible from Battle, Bexhill, Hastings and St Leonards. The ISS, travelling from bottom to top of the picture was imaged just before midnight on Friday 31st July and 15 minutes later an Iridium satellite was captured ‘flaring up’ whilst travelling from left to right through the same part of the night sky.

“These two 30 second images were combined to form this single montage. The bright trail of the ISS is usually visible for between two and four minutes as it passes overhead but the Iridium flare is very much transitory.

“The Iridium satellites were introduced in the late 1990s to provide the means of communication for our mobile phones and pagers and, at any one time, there are 66 operational and six spare satellites orbiting the Earth.

“This flare, seen in more detail in the inset, is of Iridium satellite no. 90 and occurred when the satellite’s solar panels caught and reflect the glint of our Sun.

“They are frequently very bright and extremely transitory brightening and fading over a 20 second period. If you know when and where to look the brightest can be seen during the day.

“Times of transit of the ISS and Iridium Flares can be found at

www.heavens-above.com.

“More details can be found at our website

www.thelocalgroup.org.uk.”

See also See the ​ISS glide across Sussex night skies

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