Re: Hello there

Leo J.C. Barhorst (
Fri, 26 Jun 1998 08:27:36 +0000

Robert DuHamel wrote:
> One notable exception was a satellite I used to see regularly in the early
> 1970's.  I would usually find this satellite by chance when I would look up
> and see a star, of approximately 0 magnitude, where there shouldn't be one.
> After the excitement of thinking I might be seeing a nova I would notice
> that the "star" was very slowly moving -- obviously a satellite.
> This satellite was in a very highly inclined orbit, very nearly 90 degrees
> as far as I could tell.  As it traversed the sky it would slowly vary in
> brightness from about +5 or fainter to about 0 or -1.  Once spotted I would
> see it at the same time nightly at nearly the same point in the sky, except
> about a degree or so to the west of the previous night's track.  One night,
> at a star party, I saw it (along with everyone else present) at about
> 10:00pm.  That same night we saw it again at 1:00am, considerably to the
> west of the earlier track.  As I recall, the times were exactly 3 hours
> apart as far as we could estimate.
> I've always wondered what satellite this was and have never been able to
> find out.  Are there any old-timers out there who can give me a clue?
You probably saw the Pageos balloon satellite

Leo Barhorst