NEOS

From: satcom (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Sun Dec 19 2004 - 16:33:29 EST

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    Hi all,
    
    Presently taking advantage of a clear sky over the UK and observing the SES 
    Astra geos at 19 . 2 east.
    This group is interesting as it comprises of  seven satellites.
    
    When I last caught sight of them some weeks ago , one of the birds seemed 
    well outside their slot.
    Tonight's obs confirm this....the fleet spanning about 24 arc minutes.
    
    At 2056 gmt ( RA 3.59.5   DEC -7.31 ) a small object approx mag 10-15 moved 
    through the FOV.
    It took something like 2 minutes to track 20 arc minutes and travelled 
    roughly North to South.
    May have been a deep space satellite , but it could also be a small NEO.
    
    Any near earth object experts on the list ?
    
    (Pics/animation to follow )
    
    John
    
    03.05 west  53.23 north 
    
    
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