Watch Out for Solar Sail Flares

NASA’s first Earth-orbiting solar sail, NanoSail-D, is circling our planet and attracting the attention of sky watchers. Occasionally, sunlight glinting from the sail’s reflective fabric produces a flash of light in the night sky. These “solar sail flares” are expected to grow brighter as NanoSail-D descends in the weeks ahead.

URL: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/01feb_solarsailflares/

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