RE: Help with Satellite Pair ID

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Wed Aug 13 2008 - 18:15:07 UTC

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    Paul Zeller wrote:
    >   I am wondering if anyone can help me identify an unusual 
    > pair of satellites I saw Tuesday morning (August 12).
    >   I first spotted them around 3:31 UT about 7 degrees east of 
    > Alpha Ophiuchi. The leading object was about 3rd - 4th 
    > magnitude and the second was 2nd - 3rd magnitude trailing the 
    > first one by roughly 2 degrees.
    >   The pair kept the same separation and moved to the North, 
    > and the trailing object increased briefly in brightness to 
    > about 1st magnitude. They both then grew dimmer (the trailing 
    > object always stayed noticeably brighter than the first).
    >   Around 3:32 UT they both faded and vanished into shadow 
    > very close to Vega (Alpha Lyrae).
    I believe you observed the NOSS 3-2 pair (03054A / 28095 and 03054C / 28097).
    Here is a plot of 03054A's pass:
    Information on the NOSS is available here:
    Ted Molczan
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