FW: A possible satellite observation?

MALEY, PAUL D. (paul.d.maley1@jsc.nasa.gov)
Wed, 4 Aug 1999 06:27:09 -0500

Ed Cannon found an interesting note in the literature and  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:
>  http://www.corvus.com/rz-lunar.htm
> His location seems to have been in or near Richmond Township, Rhode
> Island,
> USA, which is at about 41.500N, 71.661W.  I checked on high-eccentricity
> objects for that epoch, but I don't have a geosynch elset file for that
> date."
This observation seems to be a genuine appulse of the star 5 Tauri which is
acknowledged further in this same article.  A star, not a satellite, is the
more likely culprit even without the identification. The description of the
observation in which he describes the  long period of time  (from a
beginning observer) also lends strong credence to a non satellite source
without the explanation.


Paul D. Maley

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