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Tonight (7-31-2014) There will be an iridium flare of greater than minus 7 brightness visible from Fargo at 10:43 PM (43 degrees above horizon, azimuth

57 degrees --ENE). An iridium flare is a predictable, sometimes very bright reflection off a satellite. Minus 7 magnitude will make it brighter than any star but not nearly as bright as the moon.

So time is 10:43 pm. Look about halfway in the sky in an east-northeast direction. Look for a sudden, very bright star. It is nothing but a reflection off a satellite mirror but it is very impressive. Even more impressive is our ability to predict these flares.

Meteorologist John Wheeler

John Wheeler
John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.
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