Re: 88-080B tumble/flash obs; John Locker's photo

From: Sebastian Stabroth (
Date: Mon Mar 11 2002 - 03:38:47 EST

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    > If they were really geostationary - not very bright for a very short time
    > while moving at an inclination - they should all have nearly the same
    > declination.
    > This is not the case here. One above Sirius and beta CMa is around -12 deg,
    > which is not the "Clarke belt" (named after Arthur C Clarke)
    Observing from this high latitude (around 50 deg N) the GEO ring extends from
    15 to 45 deg in elevation, if looking south (-22 to 8 deg in declination).
    There is a lot of debris (old satellites and upper stages). So, I could
    imagine that some of those flare or flash also. The maximum inclination
    these objects can have is 15 deg to both sides of the equator.
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