Simultaneous Flares from the Newest Starlink Satellites

From: Anthony Mallama via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2020 17:58:57 -0400
The image linked below shows simultaneous flaring by three of the Starlink
satellites that were launched last week. The satellite trails and the
flares are nearly overlapping.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16zVhiil2tIGKZ3hRMI25zmTgInongoCj/view

Gus Saikaly (41.6317 N, 80.7217 W) recorded the image at 02:10 UTC on 2020
April 25 with a 30 second exposure using a Panasonic camera with a 25 mm
lens at f/1.7.

Analysis of the celestial geometry indicates that the azimuths of the
satellites and of the Sun were similar (324 and 310 degrees, respectively)
at the time of the flares. This is consistent with the flare hypothesis
outlined here:

http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Apr-2020/0116.html

Tony Mallama
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