Bright visual, help in identifying?

From: Cristian Arezzini (
Date: Tue Mar 27 2012 - 04:19:34 UTC

  • Next message: Makoto Kamada: "Re: Bright visual, help in identifying?"

    I just went out a few minutes ago because my phone gave me a notification
    for a Tiangong pass. It was right where expected, but there was another
    bright satellite I couldn't identify.
    I'm not an expert so I can't give you detailed data, except this:
    - It was very bright, almost as bright but probably brighter than Tiangong.
    Very visible even in a light-polluted sky, I'd say brighter than 0.
    - I noticed it exactly when Tiangong was culminating, which means at 05:52
    local time.
    - My location is in Italy, 12.44E, 42.23N.
    - The satellite, at the moment of Tiangong culmination, was very close to
    it - I'd say no more than 10 degrees, probably less.
    - It was moving roughly perpendicular to Tiangong trajectory, roughly SE to
    I tried Heavens Above and calsky but there's nothing so bright there at
    that time.
    Does anyone know what it could be? I couldn't follow it until it entered
    shadow, because it was blocked by a building.
    Ah... I'm not an expert but I think I'm beyond mistaking an aircraft for a
    satellite! :)
    Thank you,
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