Re: some nice sightings

From: Ralf Vandebergh (
Date: Fri May 21 2010 - 21:14:34 UTC

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      From: Ralf Vandebergh 
      Sent: Friday, May 21, 2010 11:13 PM
      Subject: some nice sightings
      A great observing evening yesterday (May 21) with shortly after
      each other 2 amazing binocular sightings. I was out visual observing
      for a 63 WSW culm. Terra pass. I knew I had observed a great flare of
      Terra before with such a comparable pass. And yes, indeed, it flared
      again very bright about -2 / -3. It's always when Terra ascents from 
      the South from here, instead from more SE as most of its passes.
      This was not all; Terra was caught up in the same field of view
      by Yaogan 6 LM Rocket in a lower orbit, an amazing view, as it passed
      in exactly the same direction. It looked like a tandem, with different
      speeds of both components.
      A few minutes later, I pointed the 7x50 binocular at a satellite moving
      into the south. The reference star I looked at in the field of view
      appeared to be another satellite, so I looked for another reference
      star to determine the speed of both satellites. This new reference star
      appeared to be a satellite too! as I pointed out when seeing some real reference
      stars finally. All 3 satellites were moving in another direction from each other, 
      they must have crossed approximately the same point. (so not a NOSS trio or
      so which I observed often and which move in the same direction. These
      phenomena really give you the impression how much satellites are really
      out there, orbiting the Earth.
      But next time when Terra ascents from the south with a WSW culmination pass,
      I will be at the telescope to get finally some images of that flare!
      Ralf Vandebergh
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