Re: Side-by-side red satellites observation

From: rkresken@t-online.de
Date: Mon Dec 10 2012 - 13:38:46 UTC

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    Hi Bib,
    
    Without any doubt, you saw Terrasar-X(31698) and Tandem-X (36605). They
    are flying in close formation at a distance of less than 1000 m and look
    precisely as described when the phase angle is adequate. From about
    october through march, you can see them around 6 PM and 6 AM from your
    location.
    
    Here is a list of future passes:
    http://tinyurl.com/cdambxp
    
    Occasionaly,  you may need a pair of small binoculars to separate them.
    
    Info:
    http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/terrasar-x.htm
    
    Rainer
    
    
    
    
    
    Hi everyone,
    I saw a very interesting pair of satellites red in color moving south
    to north and separated by ~ 5 arc minutes when near the zenith. Mags
    were bright south of the zenith at approx mag 1 but then fading. Time
    was 5:24 p.m. from Duluth, Minn. USA. Each was steady - no flashing -
    however one grew slightly brighter than the other. Does anyone have
    any idea what I saw? H-A doesn't show a listing that matches. Are they
    a NOSS pair or ...?
    Thank you for your help.
    Bob
    n
    
    
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