RE: an unusual sighting

McConahy, Ralph (RMcConahy@jbar.gdscc.nasa.gov)
Fri, 13 Aug 1999 09:20:15 -0700

Sherry,

What you saw was the NOSS 2-1 triplet:

NOSS 2-1 (E)     3.0  2.0  0.0  5.9 v  4.0
1 20642U 90050E   99185.14630959  .00000030  00000-0  47756-4 0    06
2 20642  63.4240  78.3359 0215999 352.7527   7.2473 13.40316656    04

NOSS 2-1 (C)     3.0  2.0  0.0  5.9 v  4.0
1 20691U 90050C   99176.93929783  .00000040  00000-0  63595-4 0    03
2 20691  63.4240  99.9163 0217000   1.9424 358.0576 13.40315520    04

NOSS 2-1 (D)     3.0  2.0  0.0  5.9 v  4.0
1 20692U 90050D   99185.14643788  .00000030  00000-0  47390-4 0    09
2 20692  63.4240  79.0054 0222000   1.5419 358.4580 13.40316370    02

You can read about these at
http://www.fas.org/spp/military/program/surveill/sbwass_n.htm

   Ralph McConahy
   34.8829N  117.0064W  670m


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	SDU2828@aol.com [SMTP:SDU2828@aol.com]
> Sent:	Friday, August 13, 1999 8:32 AM
> To:	SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com
> Subject:	an unusual sighting
> 
> There was a break in the clouds here at 3a.m. to look for the meteors. We
> saw 
> 43 in just 25 mins before the clouds started to fill back in. At around 
> 3:45a.m. CDT we saw 3 satellites coming out of the western sky at about 70
> 
> degrees high.They were traveling to the north. The unusaul thing is that
> they 
> were traveling in a triangular formation. When I first spotted them, it 
> appeared as if a constellation was moving!
> I would estimate the brightness at about a +5 magnitute.  There were 3
> people 
> in my group who all saw the same thing, so it wasn't my imagination. They 
> certainly looked like satellites and not planes.(no colored lights or
> noise) 
> But could this have actually been satellites? I would appreciate any of
> your 
> thoughts on what we saw.
> Thanks, Sherry Underhill
>           41.85 degrees N   87.65 degrees W