Re:Visual color of satellite <HELP>

Kevin Fetter (kfetter@geocities.com)
Thu, 25 Feb 1999 17:43:11 -0500

The lacrosse military satellites and the ERBS satellite are known to have a
red colour when observed.

Lacrosse 2
1 21147U 91017  A 99051.83301304  .00001200  00000-0  20330-3 0    06
2 21147  68.0040 326.8924 0007000 253.9676 106.0324 14.69166166    06
Lacrosse 3
1 25017U 97064A   99051.23370688  .00000600  00000-0  10754-3 0    01
2 25017  57.0070 107.2833 0003000  69.7209 290.2791 14.66460315    02
ERBS           
1 15354U 84108B   99056.05191898  .00000631  00000-0  77785-4 0  4363
2 15354  56.9953  49.0514 0008399 131.8019 228.3727 14.95607842783849

The colour is due to a gold looking material on the satellites

Click on the below link to be taken to a site which shows a lacrosse
satellite and you will notice the gold looking material.

http://www2.satellite.eu.org/p_chien.html






At 12:07 AM 2/26/99 +0800, you wrote:
>Hi folks:
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>        Maybe some experts can throw some light on the subject of visual
satellite
>color. Isn't this a function of the sky conditions, location in the sky,
satellite
>reflecting materials, aperture of instrument???.  May be a listing of the
know one
>and reason for color typically seen can help me ( and others as well)
>
>    I have recently seen a 'reddish' satellite but others are mostly
either a pale
>yellow or blusih-white.
>
>thanks & rgds
>ykChia
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