NOSS 2-1 Cluster sighting

Robert Sheaffer (sheaffer@netcom.com)
Thu, 28 Nov 1996 11:17:02 -0800

Last night (28 Nov. 03:36 UT) I observed a pass of the NOSS 2-1
satellite cluster (NORAD nr 20682, etc.), at elevation 65 
degrees in the north-northwest. The three elements were
approximately magnitude 5, and widely-separated in the binocular
field. The configuration is that of a right-triangle, with the
right-angle travelling forward, the shorter leg in front, the
longer leg trailing.

                 
                   *                     *




                                         
                                         *       -->  motion



How do they maintain this configuration (assuming that they do),
and why do they want to? What stops them from drifting apart?



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