RE: Object near Jupiter

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Fri Jul 23 2004 - 09:23:23 EDT

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    The middle object moved at an angular velocity of about 0.09 deg/s. I did not
    measure the others, but they appeared to move at about the same speed. A
    satellite would have to be several thousand km distant, say 4,000 km, to move so
    Despite their apparent great distance, the objects appear to be several
    magnitudes brighter than the three Jovian moons, which range in magnitude from
    about 5.4 to 6.0. To be so bright, would require that they be unrealistically
    large to be satellites.
    The objects appulse Jupiter at about 1 s intervals. The top object arrives
    first, followed 1.1 s later by the middle object, which is followed 1 s later by
    the bottom object. I determined this from several stopwatch timings.
    Putting a rule against my monitor, I found that the spacing between the top and
    middle tracks and the middle and bottom tracks is about the same.
    Whatever they are, the objects are not satellites. Does anyone know of any kind
    of electrical interference that could manifest itself similar to the objects on
    Thomas's video?
    Ted Molczan
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