RE: Bright unknown

From: Chris Zietkiewicz (
Date: Thu Feb 24 2011 - 08:30:43 UTC

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    It's been a few years now but I also observed an extremely bright object
    that I could not find in the Heaven's Above (HA) database.  Our
    circumstances were also similar; I was unprepared for properly recording the
    observation, and in my case, very inexperienced.
    My observation occurred around the middle of December 2007 here in North
    Central Colorado (N40.27941  W105.35824 ele: 2000m -7 UTC) and within an
    hour either side of 8:00 PM MST. I observed a slow moving and extremely
    bright satellite like object coming out of the West and setting to the East
    after reaching a peak elevation of ~70 degrees to the North.  A few weeks
    earlier I had observed the ISS and this object appeared both brighter
    (steady, not a flare) and slower moving.  Much later that night I was
    surprised to learn that neither the ISS nor another candidate in HA matched
    my observation details.
    Steve, I can confirm your sighting but I have no idea what it is.
    Best regards,
    -----Original Message-----
    [] On Behalf Of
    Steve Newcomb
    Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:35 PM
    Subject: Bright unknown
    I went outside to walk the dog with no watch expecting clouds but had a 
    clear sky. Time is approximate 23.48.00 UTC February 23. From the northeast 
    a bright, -3 magnitude, satellite was observed. I watched it travel across 
    the sky a steady brightness getting a maximum elevation of about 60 degrees.
    It faded to 2 mag before passing less than a degree right of Jupiter. It was
    so bright that I was sure I would quickly identify using Heavens Above. I 
    wish I had made note of more positions even without a watch. The time could 
    be off plus/minus 5 minutes. Can anyone guess what I saw?
    Lat 39.4707 Lon -79.3388 Alt. 2590 ft. -5 UTC
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