Unknown Object

From: Mike Bevan (mike@bevan20.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Wed Apr 19 2000 - 10:14:34 PDT

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    Hi all
    I have a problem !
    As a naked eye observer only I tend to observe in the evenings and night
    Unusually I happened to be up at 04:55 BST (UTC+1) this morning and observed
    Mir passing from SW to Elev.59 SSE to E a brilliant sight.
    However at 05:08 I caught sight of another object travelling approx. WNW to
    Elev.80N to E (approximately) at about mag. 2 flaring to 0. Very quick 3-4
    mins. to complete the arc.
    To me it was obviously a satellite which was slowly rotating.
    I cannot find any satellite in Mcants alldat element files nor on the
    Heavens-above pages to match.
    Can anybody throw any light on this sighting.
    Clear skies
    Mike Bevan
    Poole, UK
    Lat. 50.7550
    Lon. -1.9800
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