Re: (meteorobs) Re: Iridium flares

Steve Harrison wrote

But remember that the Iridium "flare" is the reflection from the solar
panels, which cannot be covered so easily as with some kind of paint.

I do not believe that is correct.  My understanding is that the flare is 
reflected from the transmission panel and not the solar panels.  It is the 
transmission panel that faces directly at the earth's surface.  The solar 
panel faces the sun.

With the light pollution around my neck of the woods (eastern megalopolis 
directly between New York and Washington DC with Philadelphia thrown in for 
good measure) I am happy to see anything more than a +3 LM sky.

Russell Altersitz