Re: Help to Identify my friends observation

From: George Roberts (
Date: Fri Feb 11 2011 - 05:23:33 UTC

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    I think you may be mistaken.  Airplanes move much faster than 1 degree per 
    It is quite likely a tumbling satellite but there are thousands of possible 
    satellites that flash that are also in high (slow) orbits.
    We can't tell you which one it is unless you give us more information (time, 
    It could also be a tethered spy balloon.  Some countries (including USA) put 
    radar and optical sensors on tethered balloons.  But the object would 
    probably still be visible after sunrise.
    It could not have been an iridium flare as they also move much faster.  If 
    it was a satellite then it would be in a higher orbit than the iridiums. 
    These high orbit satellites quite frequently flare quite bright when their 
    panels or other flat surfaces reflect sunlight as they rotate.  5 seconds 
    between flares is typical.
    - George Roberts
    -----Original Message----- 
    Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2011 11:47 PM
    To: Ed Cannon
    Cc: post seesat
    Subject: Re: Help to Identify my friends observation
    Dear Friends,
    As seems from the report of Rahul Zota, as per my conclusion it was a
    aeroplane or a hot air balloon which is now a days very frequently seen in
    my state of Gujarat where Rahul is also reside.Unfortunately he did not take
    picture of the object otherwise it would help to have some more idea.Also I
    did not receive any strange radio interference on my super sid ,radio jove &
    other radio receiver on that day.So if there was  no any irridiumflare then
    it was a aeroplane or a balloon.
    On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 7:27 AM, Ed Cannon <> wrote:
    > Ulhas Deshpande wrote:
    > > My Friend Rahul Zota, an amateur observer and
    > > comet hunter, observed a strange object, on the
    > > morning of 10 Feb.
    > >
    > > His report is as follows
    > >
    > > Today at 5:38am ....
    > >
    > > KAAC, Bhuj-Gujarat, India
    > Are these more or less close to ?
    > 1. Local time there is 5.5 hours ahead of UTC (so
    >   the sighting was about 00:08 Feb 10 UTC)?
    > 2. Location is approximately 23 north, 69 east?
    >   (The more precise the location, the better.)
    > >From Gujarat, India, the sky position (about
    > 16:25, -23.5) is too far south for geosynchs.
    > Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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    Divyadarshan D.Purohit
    Gurudev Observatory,
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