ISS in shadow and another brilliant UNI

Date: Wed Dec 12 2012 - 02:02:17 UTC

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    I was awaiting a satellite that would pass through Pegasus at 01:18 UT on 12 Dec 2012.  Then I saw a northeast bound satellite that was very bright and almost certainly the ISS (later verified that it was).  I watched it turn reddish as the brightness decreased so I picked up my binoculars and watched it.
    It decreased in magnitude to where I no longer saw any reddish tint but was still visible for another 30 seconds or so.  It was very faint in my 7x50 binoculars and I finally lost it at or slightly above the elevation of the Pleiades.  I do not know if I just saw it in the Earth's penumbra or if it was self-illuminated.
    Then looking back up towards Pegasus there was another brilliant light, similar in brightness to that of the ISS in that region.....maybe brighter. It was perhaps a few degrees east of Alpha around RA 23h16m and +15 Degrees.  Time around 0117 UT.  It was southbound with an inclination perhaps just over 90 degrees.  At some point south of the initial observation, perhaps 15 degrees or so of angular change, I lost it visually (naked eye).  
    Note that my recollection of the position relative to Alpha Pegasus may be off.  I was initially thinking that it was an airplane and picked up the binoculars to see the red/green position lights. After the fact, it was south of the zenith and moving south so aircraft lights would not have been likely.
    Unfortunately, my ability to search for the satellite is limited now.
    If someone wishes to identify it, I would appreciate it.
    latitude=38.948 N
    longitude=104.562 W
    alt=2073 meters
    Ron Lee
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