Re: Unidentified subject!

From: Matthew_Fawcett@eastriding.gov.uk
Date: Mon Feb 28 2000 - 04:07:45 PST

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         I have dug out notes I made on a similar observation 2 weeks ago.
         
         At around 18:10 UT on 11/2/2000 I was driving home when me and my 
         Brother in Law observed 2 bright objects (approx -2) moving parallel 
         and fairly fast moving SW to N.  Approx 1 full moon width apart.  Due 
         to clouds (and I was driving!) contact with object was not long.  
         Could have been an aircraft but V. unlikely - it was above high clouds 
         and would therefore have to have been one huge fast airplane!  I have 
         seen similar objects before.
         
         I am fairly new to this and I confess I can offer no explanation.
         
         Matt
         
    
    
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    Subject: Unidentified subject!
    Author:  SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com at MHS
    Date:    27/02/2000 22:04
    
    
    Hello I'm Felix. I am a student of Biology in Halle (Germany) (N 51.4731a
     nd E 11.9669). I need your help.
         
    I've never watched satellites as a hobby, but recently I saw something andh
     ave no idea whom to ask what this might be. It was definitely not a normals
     atellite as one sees them a dozen times a night.
         
    It was on the 27th of February 2000, 29 minutes past midnight, in Halle. The 
    sky was clear. We were five people (all have seen it) and I discovered 2 
    bright dots travelling very fast from East towards the western horizon 
    (right above us). The bright dots seemed larger than "normal" satellites.T
     he distance between them was approximately 3 or 4 times their diameter. 
    They flew on a parallel course. And the amazing thing about them was theirs
     peed. They were moving so fast that we saw them just for 6 or 7 seconds.T
     hen they disappeared in the dust of the horizon. We have a lot of air 
    traffic here, but I'm sure it was not a plane (there were no flashing lights 
    and it was moving too fast). And it had no tail or anything else, so it wasn
     ot a falling star.
         
    I have checked this site:
    http://www.heavens-above.com/allsats.asp?lat=51.500&lng=12.000&alt=0&loc=Hal 
    le&TZ=CET&Date=36582.2291666667&Mag=4.5 and found no visible satellite 
    passing by at that early time in the morning.
    So I had no other idea than to ask you. Was it a satellite we've seen and if 
    yes - what type of satellite travels so fast? It would be very kind of yout
     o help us with this question.
         
    Thanks a lot,
         
    felix berthelmann
         
         
         
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