new subscriber with a question

From: Walker, Wynne (Wynne.Walker@elpaso.com)
Date: Thu Nov 15 2001 - 15:31:46 EST

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    Hello All,
    
    I'm a new subscriber, a 42 year old geologist living in Houston, TX. I've
    been fascinated with astronomy and night sky gazing for a long time, and
    last night I saw something I can't readily explain.
    
    At approximately 6:45 CST, I saw a satellite approaching from the NW. It was
    on a path to go directly overhead. I could distinguish only one other star
    in the sky at that time, due to light pollution and weather; the sat. was
    just slightly brighter than the star. 
    
    About 10-15 degrees before it reached it's maximum altitude, it stopped
    moving completely. It remained stationary for several minutes; I had
    positioned it relative to a phone line and it had no apparent movement. Then
    it started moving again. Then I saw a second satellite approaching from the
    W-NW. It too stopped moving completely for a couple minutes then continued.
    It's maximum altitude was ~ 70 deg.
    
    I saw a third satellite a few minutes later, which acted quite normally. I'm
    sure there are good explanations for what I saw and would greatly appreciate
    hearing them. I checked H-A and can't quite match what they listed with what
    I saw,let alone that stationary business.
    
    My apologies for the length of this message. 
    
    Many thanks and happy night watching, 
    
    Wynne Walker
    29.763
    -95.363
    
    
    
    
    
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