NOSS trio naked eye from Turkey

Tue, 17 Aug 1999 07:57:04 -0500

I have just returned from Turkey where I successfully observed my 23rd solar
eclipse. However, during that time I planned a night time observing session
for satellites and the Perseid meteors. There was a prediction for a maximum
around 23 hours UT on August 12 and I located my group of 73 persons just
outside the town of Sanli Urfa, Turkey in a reasonably dark site for about
2.5 hours. During Perseid meteor observations, where we had rates of up to
166 meteors per hour, I was shocked to see an obvious NOSS trio moving south
to north and visible to the naked eye. Of course, I have seen several
reports on SEESAT of others who have seen this naked eye, but then I was not
expecting it since the NOSS group was not on my prediction list.
Nevertheless it appears to be the NOSS 2-1, C,D,E group at about 2354 UT and
the trio uniformly were the same maximum brightness of about +3.0 as they
passed overhead. I recorded them using only my SONY camcorder.


Paul D. Maley

tel. 281-244-0208; fax: 281-244-1140
latitude 29.6049 north, longitude 95.1086 west, elev 6m