Watch Jupiter Get Blasted by an Iridium Flare

Cue the “Space Invaders” sound effects! We’ve shared previously how astrophotographer Thierry Legault will travel anywhere to get a unique shot. He took this impressive but fun video of an Iridium 72 satellite flaring and passing in front of Jupiter, traveling to Oostende Beach at the North Sea in Belgium to capture this transit. He took both a wide angle view as well as the telescopic close-up view of Jupiter, and from the vantage point of Earth, it appears as though Jupiter gets blasted by the flare. In the zoomed-in view, even Jupiter’s moons are part of the scene.

You can almost hear the “pew-pew.”

Legault also shared a another recent video he shot of the Chinese Yaogan 6 satellite. “It is probably out of control, quickly tumbling with very bright and short flashes,” Legault said, and it has been tumbling for about a year. Yaogan 6 is a radar reconnaissance satellite launched by China in 2009. Legault said he did the tracking by hand with professional video tripod with a fluid head.

See more of Legault’s extraordinary astrophotography work at his website.

5 Replies to “Watch Jupiter Get Blasted by an Iridium Flare”

  1. Great to read some space related news from my home town which is coincidently one of the most light polluted places in the word.
    Everything is possible when people like Thierry Legault visits. 😉

  2. Brilliant! Always wanted something like this happen. I think I’ve managed to catch (with only my eyes) and ISS/IF-star (near) occulation. Nothing like this, though.

    Does CalSky now offer IF-Planet occultation predictions or is he using a different source?

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