RE: Top ten brightest satellites

From: David Tiller (
Date: Wed May 19 2010 - 17:11:38 UTC

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    I've found that although heavens-above is an excellent site, there are many bright satellites in the sky that do not have a magnitude listed in HA, so no visible pass results are ever shown for them.
    I can't think of ones off the top of my head, but there have been plenty of times when I've been out on the deck getting my eyes adjusted and a bright, unexpected sat goes whizzing by. usually has it, but HA often does not.
    David Tiller
    Lead Consultant/Architect | CapTech Ventures
    (804) 304-0638 |
    -----Original Message-----
    From: on behalf of George Roberts
    Sent: Wed 5/19/2010 1:09 PM
    To: Bob King;
    Subject: Re: Top ten brightest satellites
    > I'm writing about the easiest satellites to see with the naked eye and
    > would like the list's help on what you think are the brightest 10 or
    > so out there after the space shuttle and space station. These
    > satellites should be in high inclinations so they're visible most
    > places around the world. I really appreciate any help you can give me.
    Why do you want this list?  If it so you can go out and see the brighter 
    satellites each night then I recommend you use heavens above and only ask for 
    brightest satellites (brighter than mag 3.5):
    It's easy to configure for your lat/lon/altitude/timezone and then save the URL 
    as a bookmark and never have to enter lat/lon again.
    - George Roberts 
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