Re: Unknown Satellite Observation

Jim Nix (
Thu, 28 Jan 1999 04:46:58 -0600


    Skymap  showed two sats moving between Rigel &  M42,  but much closer
to M42, based on the given times and coordinates, sans altitude.

90081BR moving S to N and Cosmos 1526 moving N - S.  Both were passing the
between 18:55 and 18:56 local.

Skymap indicated no shadow entries.  So the question is do either
satellites tumble/rotate/flash?

Perhaps one of the more experienced can add a comment to this or suggest


Pandini Gianfranco wrote:

> Hi,
> this evening, January 31, I probably and casually observed a satellite
> in the Orion Constellation; really I was expecting the Meteor Priroda
> (nr. 12585) to take a picture. At 6.55 pm local time (5.55 pm U.T) I
> observed for about 3 sec. a light slowly turned off like a satellite
> that enter in the Earth shadow. This light was among Rigel-M42-k Orion.
> Can anyone send me informations if it was a satellite?
> Thanks from Gianfranco
> Italy, 45 24' N - 9 38' E