San Diego Mountain Parks - Kevin Key Photography
Iridium satellite flare and the Milky Way

Iridium satellite flare and the Milky Way

The white streak to the left of the center is an Iridium satellite flare.

Satellite flare is the phenomenon caused by the reflective surfaces on satellites (such as antennas, SAR or solar panels) reflecting sunlight directly onto the Earth below and appearing as a brief, bright "flare".

Shot at Noble Canyon in Mount Laguna. Cleveland National Forest.