Re: Triad NOAA

Ron Lee (
Tue, 26 May 1998 05:53:53 -0600

Actually someone else made that reference. I was just pointing out
that someone else had seen the same object titled "Unidentified

I have seen one Molniya at apogee but I needed an 8" telescope to
do it.  I suppose they may get to visual magnitudes but the postings
suggest that the visibility period is at best a few minutes.

That is not unexpected if you consider objects like Superbird-A.

Ron Lee

At 03:03 PM 5/26/98 +0900, you wrote:
>At 23:17 25/05/98 -0600, you wrote:
>>After reading Ron Lee's post, Re: Unidentified Molynia? and mention being
>>made of the triad of NOAA satellites that fly in a triangular formation.
>>Last August, i saw a formation of 3 sats make a pass overhead and i've
>>always wondered what they were. Were they the above mentioned NOAA sats?
>>Sure sounds like it and if so, which NOAA sats are they?
>Ron actually meant the NOSS triads. of which there are several. Every
>now and again they reach naked eye brightness. Usually binoculars.
>Elements in the Molczan list and Mike McCants classified file.
>Tony Beresford