Starlink minis looking blue

From: Tom Wagner via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_lists.seesatmail.org>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2023 05:26:39 +0000
I heard that the new ‘mini’ Starlink satellites have a dielectric sticker on parts of them to redirect (?) sunlight away from observers on the ground. I photographed G6-3 over Waterloo, Iowa, USA on 5/21/23, 03:37:03 UTC, 56° up, Predicted Magnitude 3.0, Sun -18.6°. The predicted magnitude seemed close that night and the night previous. They were launched just under two days before.

Notice the blue color. I wonder if the dielectric material is what is causing the blue tint?

Here’s the image:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FPd45K23E_DhhdULZDF3Ru4b-jQiU9KE/view?usp=sharing

Also, does anyone know of a link to information about how the dielectric material is supposed to make these satellites less visible?

Thanks!

Tom Iowa USA

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