RE: 2 faint satellites last night - not sure what they were

From: Ted Molczan via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 07:23:49 -0400
Michael Boschat wrote:

>    See attachment:
> 
>  March 11, 2019 at 2330 UT
> 
>  I was looking at the tail end of Ursa Major with my 10x50 binoculars when I noticed 2 star
> like objects same magnitude, about 6th and same distant apart one following the other. At 
> first I thought they were planes doing a re-fueling, but saw no aircraft lights.  I looked at
> Heavens above but could not get any that matched these. any idea as to what 2 satellites
> these would have been?
> 
>  My lat = N 44d 39m
> 
> My long= W 63d  36m
> 
> Time - 2330 UT
> 
> Magnitude based on the 2 stars noted on map as satellites were very close to that magnitude.

The NOSS 3-8 pair were in the vicinity. Leader is 17011A / 42058; trailer is 17011B / 42065. Here is the plot of the
leader's pass:

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=44.65&lng=-63.6&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=UCT&satid=42058&mjd=58553.97
58171471&type=V

Information about NOSS:

http://www.satobs.org/noss.html

Ted Molczan






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