Re: Mysterious objects

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Sat Jul 02 2005 - 14:34:04 EDT

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    At 02:21 AM 3/07/05, you wrote:
    >Hi SeeSat-L list (and others) --
    >A well known planetary amateur Paolo Lazzarotti of Italy has sent out an 
    >e-mail referring to a pair of mysterious objects located near to M27. I am 
    >forwarding his e-mail at below. 
    >     It has been calculated at 2.6" / minute speed.  
    >Frank J. Mellilo, of ALPO suggests that it is a possible geostationery 
    >satellite (two so close together???). After you see the animation, what do you think 
    >it could be? Ted or anybody?
    >-- joe rao
    Joe, You can discount the  geostationary suggestion entirely,because of the slow motion and the declination.
    GEO satellites are stationary relative to ground, but 900"/min relative to the sky. 
    This applies to geosynchronous satellites with a period near 24 hours as well.
    with regards to declination, geostationary satellites as seen from Italy are all at about declination
    The motion is more like the rate of a moderately close asteroid. 
    Tony Beresford
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