Re: A question about reflection

Leo Barhorst (
Tue, 25 Feb 1997 20:43:54 +0100 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.

Greetings and clear skies

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