AW: UNID

From: Arnold Barmettler (barmettler@calsky.com)
Date: Tue Jul 11 2006 - 13:15:20 EDT

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    Hi Tom,
    
    Iridium 44 looks like a good match:
    http://www.calsky.com/csrender.cgi?object=Satellite&number=11&tdt=2453927.65
    982017&interval=0.05&size=640&sat=25078&skymap=&lat=29.55&lon=-95.36
    
    And if you want to see more of them:
    http://www.calsky.com/?tumblers=& 
    
    Regards
    Arnold
    
    
    > -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
    > Von: Erkenswick, Tom M. (JSC-DM3) [mailto:tom.m.erkenswick@nasa.gov]
    > Gesendet: Dienstag, 11. Juli 2006 16:17
    > An: seesat-l@satobs.org
    > Betreff: UNID
    > 
    > 
    > I was wondering if someone can ID a flashing object for me.
    > 
    > My location was lat 29.55 deg, long -95.36 deg.  The time was 03:58 -
    > 04:00 UTC today.  The object caught my eye with a single bright flash,
    > close to but not quite the magnitude of Jupiter, approximate location
    > azimuth 005 deg, elevation 30 deg.  I continued to look in that direction
    > and saw two more flashes (less bright) at uneven intervals, and the object
    > was moving in a mostly northerly direction (as best I could tell from only
    > three data points).  Between the flashes I could not see the object at
    > all.
    > 
    > I checked H-A, and the Resurs 1-4 Rocket (SPACECOM 25400, International
    > 1998-043-G) matched the track pretty well but was predicted to show up a
    > full 5 minutes later (04:03 - 04:07 UTC).  Of course a rocket body makes
    > sense for the flashing, but I can't imagine such a difference being due to
    > decay given that this rocket is at 800+ km.
    > 
    > Thanks,
    > Tom M. Erkenswick
    > 
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