RE: Help Needed to Identify 3 Satellite Formation

From: Derek C Breit (breit_ideas@hotmail.com)
Date: Fri May 30 2008 - 05:43:29 UTC

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    I just saw a two bird formation moving slowing than any satellite I have
    ever seen..
    
    10:30 PM from Martinez, CA.. 
    
    Moving inline, about a degree apart, moving north to south in an apparent
    polar orbit..
    
    Spot them in Corona, and I lost them about 45 degrees up in the South as I
    tried to point them out to my Eagle Eyed Wife..
    Could have used the laser, if it wasn't packed for my move Sunday to Dark
    Skies...
    
    Any idea what the two I saw are???
    
    Very Cool..
    
    Derek
    www.poyntsource.com/New/index.htm
     
    
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Greg Williams [mailto:k4hsm@knology.net] 
    Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 10:10 PM
    To: seesat-l@satobs.org
    Subject: Re: Help Needed to Identify 3 Satellite Formation
    
    
    Kevin took a video of NOSS 2-1:
    http://www.kfetter.com/satvideo/noss/NOSS%202-1.wmv
    
    Ive seen these birds only once before some 15 years ago (incredibly 
    faint, a streetlamp 300' away obscured them in an area otherwise 
    unpolluted by light) and they are fascinating to watch.
    
    Greg
    
    
    Ted Molczan wrote:
    > Chris Zietkiewicz wrote:
    >
    >   
    >> Ted, I recall a maximum elevation of about 70 to 75 degrees
    >> on a compass heading of 60 degrees
    >>     
    >
    > Your observation report is in reasonable agreement with the NOSS 2-1 
    > triad.
    >
    > The US STRATCOM catalogue numbers of the three NOSS 2-1 objects are 
    > 20691, 20692 and 20642.
    >
    > Here is a plot of object 20691 on the pass you observed:
    >
    > http://www.heavens-above.com/PassDetails.asp?Session=kebgcphanmhenddaj
    > dfegchm&sa
    > tid=20691&date=39597.1842208796
    >
    > Information on the NOSS satellites is available here:
    >
    > http://www.satobs.org/noss.html
    >
    > Ted Molczan
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