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Old 11-16-2010, 01:23 PM
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Iridium is still used to make flares IIRC
An Iridium flare has almost nothing to do with iridium, and very little to do with flares. It's a specular reflection of sunlight off of an Iridium communications satellite, visible from the ground. And the Iridium satellites were named that because originally, there were 77 of them, and the structure of 77 satellites orbiting the Earth reminded the folks who founded the company of 77 electrons "orbiting" a nucleus.