Hubble flashes

Robert Reeves (
Fri, 07 Feb 1997 06:41:31 -0600

Hello everyone,

Those of you who observe from the low latitudes like me have a good shot at
HST and have probably noticed the brilliant flare it produces from time to
time.  I had assumed it was solar panel reflections until I saw the images
from the last servicing mission which showed the panels were actually quite
bowed and therefore lousy reflectors.  I just looked at the excellent MPG of
HST taken through a 1.6-meter scope in Hawaii and I have decided those
flashes are really off the aperture cover door.  Take a look at the movie at
the following site:

and see if you don't agree.

Hope your skies are clearer than mine today.

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