Moon Transit

Dave English (prospector@sd.znet.com)
Fri, 24 Jul 1998 20:28:28 -0700

I see some people are posting sighting satellites crossing in front of 
the Moon. In 1985 I was drawing the moon using a cheap table top 
telescope, but it magnified the moon to the size of the field. Just 
after I had reset this wonder of optics I saw a plane like image cross
from one side of the moon to the other. It was very small, about 
1/30th to 1/60th of the diameter of the moon but the small and sharp 
Canard wings, the long fuselage and the delta wings were all very 
distinct against the bright moon. I kept quiet about this for ten 
years but I do believe that it was the Aurora and by my caculations, 
if it was a 100 feet long, it could have been  at 240,000 feet or 
73,152 meters, in other words, low orbit. Over the years I have lost 
the notes I took as for the date, apx. elevation in degrees, but it's 
something I will never forget. I was living in Solana Beach at the 
time, a small beach community between San Diego and L.A., we were 
having unidentified sonic booms at the time. This was not the X-B70, 
or the SR-71, but something else.

                                   Dave English
                                   Oceanside, California