Satellite Glint or Lunar Impact

From: Kenneth Drake (
Date: Tue Jan 03 2006 - 13:01:25 EST

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    While observing a 20 hour old thin crescent moon, I saw a bright, short, point 
    flash which appeared to last between 1/10 and 1/2 second. It appeared to be 2-3 
    magnitudes brighter than the brightest portion of the visible arc of the Moon. I 
    was not prepared for this! I did have the sense to mark the time - 23:57:45UT. 
    Thinking back now, it could have been 23:59:45 - I may have misread the digital 
    watch. The Moon was less that 2 degree up and was getting weak in the thickening 
    haze. I made a note of the location of the flash relative to the arc and later 
    determine the flash was in Mare Tranquillitatis most likely near the crater Ross 
    or Plinius. This is a broad estimate since I could not see any lunar features. I 
    lost sight of the arc as it faded away in the muck at 00:02UT still 1.3 degrees up.
    The Moons position at this time was R.A. 19h 36m  Dec. -26d 58m.
    Does anyone know if any satellite could have been nearby that may have caused a 
    bright flash? There appeared to be no motion in the flash which was very short 
    Thanks in advance,
    Kenneth Drake
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