RE: A possible satellite observation?

Ted Molczan (
Tue, 3 Aug 1999 20:05:30 -0400

Ed Cannon wrote:

> I stumbled across an article called "A Starlike Glow on the
> Gibbous Moon"
> written by an amateur astronomer.  The observation was made
> this past at about
> 4:50 on 26 January UTC (11:50 p.m. on 25 January EST), and
> the observer says
> that the light on the Moon lasted several minutes.  Here's
> the URL of his
> article:

At the bottom of that page, another person offers a possible explanation: at
the same time that the glow was observed, a bright star happened to be on
the limb of the moon. Comparing the observer's sketch and the Sky Map
illustration, it appears that the star was at about the same position as the

Ted Molczan