Re: Satellite Glint or Lunar Impact

From: Kenneth Drake (
Date: Wed Jan 04 2006 - 04:25:11 EST

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    As a followup to my observation of the flash, I am providing more information.
    Observing Location - 30 28 39n  95 33 05w
    Observation Time - December 31, 2005  17:57cst = 23:57UT
    Moon's Position - 19h 36m 26s  -26d 58m 26s (Topocentric) (Refraction on)
    Sorry for the delay.
    Kenneth Drake
    Kenneth Drake wrote:
    > 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 lived.
    > Thanks in advance,
    > Kenneth Drake
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