IridiumFlares Publisher's description
from Emmanuel ZURMELY
IridiumFlares is an application that predicts the flares produced by the constellation of communication satellites known as Iridium.
IridiumFlares is an application that predicts the flares produced by the constellation of communication satellites known as Iridium. A flare can be observed when a light source (such as the sun or the moon) is reflected by one of the satelliteвЂ™s antennas. A flare is a very bright phenomenon (the brightest have a magnitude of about -8.4) that can easily be observed if the date and location in the sky are known. This phenomenon generally occurs at least once a day, the morning before sun set or the evening after dawn. Some flares can be visible during the day. The duration of a flare is approximately from 3 to 8 seconds, therefore an application that predicts the exact date is required to have a maximum chance to correctly observe the phenomenon.
IridiumFlares is free and open source. It has been written in the portable language Java (version 1.4). It requires a Java virtual machine (>= 1.4) and the Java3d package.
What's New in This Release:Corrections:
В· minor bug fixes in computation.
В· cardinal directions can now be explicitly set when entering latitude and longitude, in order to avoid confusion with negative and positive values.
System Requirements:В· Java Environment
Program Release Status: Minor Update
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall