Re: Unknown satellite?

From: Arnold Barmettler (barmettler@rsl.geo.unizh.ch)
Date: Tue Feb 20 2001 - 00:28:26 PST

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    according to www.CalSKY.com, the observed satellite could have been Cosmos 2372,
    a Russian military photo reconaissance satellite launched in 2000.
    The data Oscar provided fits well to the calculated position: SSW, elevation
    24.1 deg. The satellite was close to its perigee (lower than 220km). Check
    further details using this link:
    
    http://www.calsky.com/?cha=1&sec=0&sub=0&group=1&coorSystem=WGS84&lon=5%3A25%3A58.8&lat=36%3A10%3A58.8&timezone=7&level=3&obsbuild=1&rcha=12&rsec=7&rsub=0&user=&pw=&email=&m=&obsbuild=2&user=&pw=&Go.x=15&Go.y=16&tdt=2451952.2487
    
    Does anybody know, if this kind of satellites (Yenisey) produces flares
    regularly?
    
    NOAA 8 was at that time at an elevation of only 10 deg and more than 2300 km
    away - and with the sun just 19 degrees beneath the satellite (elevation -9
    deg).
    
    
    Best regards
    Arnold Barmettler
    
    
    
    > A colleague reported me about an observation of an Iridium-type flare in
    > the sky some days ago. I checked out <http://www.heavens-above.com>
    > looking for the satellite which produced this flare, but I could not
    > find any one which would fit with the observation (according with
    > Heavens Above, no Iridiums or another satellites passed at that time).
    > Does anyone know what satellite produced that flare? The observation
    > data are as follows:
    > 
    > Location: Palmones (Cadiz, Spain) / N36.183  W5.433.
    > Date: February 11, 2001.
    > Time: 18:57 CET (17:57 GMT).
    > Azimuth: SSW - SW approx.
    > Altitude: 20 - 22 degrees.
    
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