Sky charts and ground track maps for Iridium Flares added to Heavens-Above

From: Chris Peat (
Date: Thu Oct 18 2012 - 09:48:04 UTC

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    Hi all,
    As promised, we have now added the zoomable sky chart feature to the Iridium
    Flare details page. It was identically to the normal satellite passes. We
    also added a much improved map showing the path of the flare "beam" over the
    ground in your vicinity. This uses Google maps, and so it should be easy to
    navigate to a point on the centre line if you wish to get the best viewing.
    The mark on the sky chart is for the point of maximum flare intensity, but
    remember the flare should start several seconds before this time.
    Chris Peat
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