R: Re: What are these satellites?

From: satrack@libero.it
Date: Tue Aug 14 2012 - 14:35:37 UTC

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    Very interesting to have two photos of NOSS flares from two different 
    only two minutes apart!
    I've generated the related FPAS reports:
    >From Germany:
    >From Finland:
    Reader and Viewer here (copy and paste all the FPAS lines):
    >----Messaggio originale----
    >Da: W.H@mburg.org
    >Data: 14-ago-2012 0.19
    >A: <seesat-l@satobs.org>
    >Ogg: Re: What are these satellites?
    >Moin moin,
    >I captured this sat pair also some minutes earlier in NE-Germany:
    >GPSLatitudeRef - N
    >GPSLatitude - 53  54.40  0 (53.906667)
    >GPSLongitudeRef - E
    >GPSLongitude - 11  55.05  0 (11.917500)
    >GPSAltitudeRef - Sea level
    >GPSAltitude - 30 m
    >I took a series of 40s exposure pictures and between
    >22:32:25UT and 22:36:05UT in five pictures the sat pair was visible.
    >Today the difference between the camera time and the GPS time stamp
    >was -2s. So the difference between the time stamp in the pictures
    >and the "real" time should be lower than 5s. The last time sync was made
    >on 2012:08:11 about noon. The camera time zone is UTC+2 (MET DST).
    >DateTime - 2012:08:13 23:09:09
    >GPSTimeStamp - 21  9  11.00
    >GPSDateStamp - 2012:08:13
    >The time stamp in the EXIF headers marks the end time of the exposure.
    >The delay between the the single pictures was 5s.
    >The pictures are downloadable from:
    >The sat track starts in the right lower corner pretty much exactly
    >south direction.
    >Best regards,
    >	wolfgang
    >PS: Hunting for Perseids shot sats only(a lot of them)! ;-)
    >Am 13.08.2012 19:37, schrieb Leo Wikholm:
    >> Thank you for your help. NOSS 3-4 is not available in Space Track 
    >> elements, so that's reason
    >> why I did not find good objects for this. Great!
    >> 13.8.2012 20:25, Ted Molczan wrote:
    >>> They observed one of the NOSS (Naval Ocean Surveillance System) pairs 
    (NOSS 3-4).
    >>> Here is Heavens-Above's plot of the track of the leading object:
    >>> http://www.heavens-above.com/PassDetails.asp?lat=60.41667&lng=22.
    >>> 9446706366
    >>> Normally, they are not very bright, around mag 5 or 6 on a good pass, but 
    sometimes they flare to exceptional
    >>> brightness.
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