Re: Re: Re: Which is this nice flashing satellite ?

From: alain.figer@club-internet.fr
Date: Wed Mar 14 2012 - 20:00:30 UTC

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    Hi Björn,
    
    Yes, I forgot to mention that the observation was made on 12 mars 2012 evening.
    Apparently this is not a referenced satellite. That's quite rare that using Calsky I fail to identify an unexpected track on my photos.
    Regards
    Alain
     
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    Message du : 14/03/2012 20:53
    De : "Björn Gimle " <bjorn.gimle@gmail.com>
    A : alain.figer@club-internet.fr
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    Thanks, Alain,
    
    as you can see in my chart I assumed your obs was yesterday, when I found no date in your mail.
    
    Still, I find only similar orbits on March 12.
    
    /Björn
    
    
    Den 14 mars 2012 20:34 skrev <alain.figer@club-internet.fr>:
    
    
    Hi Björn,
     
    Thanks for your answer. My satellite pass is not within those on your chart. The  pass (WE) was almost perpendicular to that of standard polar/retro satellites which are many on your chart.
    See the enclosed photo which shows the field of Capella with a similar orientation (field about 6° x 4°). The satellite moved from bottom to top.
    The angular velocity was about 0.8°/s hence the altitude of 500 km.
    Regards
    Alain
    
     
     
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    Message du : 14/03/2012 20:00
    De : "Björn Gimle " <bjorn.gimle@gmail.com>
    A : alain.figer@club-internet.fr
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    2012/3/14 <alain.figer@club-internet.fr> 
    
    
    
    Hi all,
    While expecting ITOS 1 rocket (1970-08C) at its pass close to Capella,  I noticed with binoculars a splendid flashing satellite.
    I took 2 photos of it as it passed about 1°at right of Capella (at UTC 19h45m34s +-3 sec) in a near zenithal pass, but failed to identify it later using Calsky.
    At first glance  I derived these tentative parameters:
    - altitude about 500 km
    - inclination in the vicinity of 50° or so.  (moving West to East)
    - flashing period 0.4 sec
    - magnitude 5-6 to invisibility
    It looked very much like a recently launched rocket body.
    
    Can someone tell me what it is ?
    Thanks
    Alain Figer
    48.67 N ; 2.13 E ; 170 m a.s.l.
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