Re: A question about reflection

Leo Barhorst (leobarhorst@pi.net)
Tue, 25 Feb 1997 20:43:54 +0100

Soilman3@aol.com wrote:
> 
> I saw Mir flare up for more than 5 seconds tonight. 
> Is it because the panels are warped
> or is it because the panels have surfaces which are not very smooth?  I'm
> guessing it is the latter, but wondered if anyone out there knows for sure.
>  Thanks much!
> 
> Wilfred Whiteside
> Walnut Creek, CA
> 37.9053N, 122.0550W
> 

As you look at the pictures of MIR taken by the shuttle astronauts you can see MIR has a 
lot of solararrays all turned towards the sun.
So you could have observed an elonged flash from more than one panel.

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Leo Barhorst		Alkmaar			The Netherlands
52.65 North		4.767 East		1 m ASL
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