Re: mystery flare,21/05

From: Patrick JL (patricjl@club-internet.fr)
Date: Wed May 23 2001 - 02:47:38 PDT

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    So, in a desperate effort to enter all things in a known box, the observer
    of a mystery object able to reverse its direction, is suggested to be so
    confused that he has "imagined" it and probably saw a fast moving planet as
    Saturn !
    
    Be open-minded.
    
    Patrick, Paris, France
    
    ----- Message d'origine -----
    De : "Jonathan T Wojack" <tlj18@juno.com>
    À : <SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
    Envoyé : mardi 22 mai 2001 22:14
    Objet : Re: mystery flare,21/05
    
    
    > > Observing from Paignton,UK,lat.50.43N long.03.55W on evening of 21st
    > > May,whilst looking for R Hya,at 23:28-23:30 BST(22:28-22:30 UST) I
    > > saw an
    > > object of approximate mag.3.0 falling rapidly to the Southern
    > > horizon.At
    > > about alt.30deg it reversed direction and began heading
    > > Northwards.At about
    > > alt.70deg az.SW it flared to at least mag.-1 and continued
    > > Northwards.
    > > Did anyone else see this,and what was it?
    >
    > I obviously didn't see it, but it couldn't have been a satellite.
    > Satellites can't change direction in such a radical fashion, and neither
    > can most airplanes.  Are you sure that didn't get disoriented and only
    > *imagine* that it changed directions?  I've mistaken Saturn for Rigel in
    > the past, so maybe a similar thing happened to you.
    >
    > ------------------------------
    > Jonathan T. Wojack                 tlj18@juno.com
    > 39.706d N   75.683d W
    >
    > 4 hours behind UT (-4)
    >
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