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From: Rodney Austin (
Date: Sun Feb 13 2011 - 09:05:32 UTC

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    Hi All,
    At approx 8:28 UT 13 FEb, I observed a very bright (~1 mag) satellite moving
    virtually due north between Orion and Gemini, from New Plymouth, New Zealand
    (39.1deg South,174.1 deg East).
    I have done a search on HeavensAbove, and the plotted sky track agrees with
    Lacrosse 4, but is almost a *half hour late*. No other object remotely fits
    the path and brightness. It faded into the Earth's shadow about 5 degrees SE
    of Castor and Pollux. Any ideas as to what it was?
    Rod Austin
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