Re: Unexpected satellites and other ramblings

Tristan Cools (tcools@nic.INbe.net)
Wed, 14 May 1997 21:40:21 +0200 (MET DST)

>After reading Robert's latest obs report I have to add that seeing
>unexpected satellites is very common.  With binoculars it is almost 
>guaranteed that I will see another satellite if I go out soon
>enough to find the star field.
>

To see unexpected satellites is not that surprising if you know that at any
moment there are a few hundred satellites above you and there is only one of
them for which you have made a prediction.
It becomes more difficult when you have made a prediction for one satellite
and another is following the same track at approximately the same angular
speed.  If both objects are of the same brightness and no flash behaviour is
visible then it is difficult to distinguish them directly.  An
identification has to be made afterwards.

Greetings,
Tristan Cools
tcools@nic.INbe.net
BWGS member(Belgian Working Group Satellites)

Damse Vaart:    3.2478E/51.2277N 3.75m
Rijckevelde:    3.2856E/51.2045N 6.25m
Brugge     :    3.2166E/51.2104N 5m