RE: first posting

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Thu May 08 2003 - 11:28:14 EDT

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    Paul Heath asked,
    >     If no satellite fits my observation of May 03/03 then 
    > could I have seen a piece of space debris? Is there any way 
    > to find out the tracks of space debris?
    I have made a preliminary check against a data file that includes most objects
    in orbit, including debris. There are some possible candidates, but it would
    be helpful if you could answer the following questions:
    1. How wide was your field of view? I can divide this by the time it took the
    object to cross, to obtain its angular velocity.
    2. What path did it take through the FOV? For example, picture the FOV as the
    face of a clock. If the object moved from left to right, then it entered the
    FOV at 9 o'clock. If your FOV was inverted or reversed, could you please state
    this information as it would appear in binoculars?
    Ted Molczan
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