Re: Bright UnID

From: Marco Langbroek (
Date: Sun Feb 13 2011 - 11:43:12 UTC

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    Op 13-2-2011 10:05, Rodney Austin schreef:
    > 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?
    > Cheers
    > Rod Austin
    If you mean 5 degrees NE rather than SE, it could be the SL-8 rocket stage 
    77-036B. It passed through the line Castor and Pollux at about 8:31:00, slightly 
    closer to Castor than Pollux.
    - Marco
    Dr Marco Langbroek  -  SatTrackCam Leiden, the Netherlands.
    Cospar 4353 (Leiden):   52.15412 N, 4.49081 E (WGS84), +0 m ASL
    Cospar 4354 (De Wilck): 52.11685 N, 4.56016 E (WGS84), -2 m ASL
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