Pouplier Alphonse (
Mon, 7 Apr 1997 13:10:59 +0200

Dear Friends,

An unexpected transit?
My friend Jean Bourgeois writes me that he saw a "transit"
on the Sun of something which could be a satellite.
Jean Bourgeois is a very experienced and well known observer.
The data:
Site: 05d05m27s East (ED50) 50d14m43s North 317m
Date: 04-04-1997
Time: from 06:21:03 to 06:21:10

Jean sent me a very precise drawing of what he saw:
The object was a very little black spot with a little appendix.
In horizontal coordinates, it was moving from the left to the right.
It crossed the Sun in its lower part.
As I can not give here the drawing, I would say that
at 06:21:03 it was "at about 7 o'clock"
at 06:21:10 it was "at about 5 o'clock"
Its path on the Sun's disk was from the left to the right
and was thus about 1/4 degree long.
It was thus moving 0.25 degrees in 7 seconds.

In a file of about 2,000 sats, I could not find any candidate...

Any idea of what it could be?

My pleasure, avec plaisir,  Alphonse
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