Intelsat 1R flare and picture of satellite

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Wed Jul 29 2009 - 03:40:33 UTC

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    At 2:14 utc ( July 29 ) Intelsat 1R ( 26608 ) was mag 7 are brighter.
    The flare last's for awhile, but the flare is brightest only for a few minutes.
    A picture of Intelsat 1R, before they sent it, to the launch site.
    You should see a silver coloured surface on it, near the top left, that's one of it's antenna's :) 
    So a good surface to reflect sunlight.
    So to my illogical way of thinking, the antenna can cause a flare, when the angles are right. 
    But pay no attention to me.
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