Re: Satellite ID help requested...

From: Michael McCants (
Date: Wed Nov 27 2002 - 18:23:44 EST

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    The trail is apparently about 5 arc minutes long in a
    southwest/northeast direction.
    Assuming that this trail represents motion over a 15 minute time
    span, I can fit a circular orbit to a trail like this.  The
    inclination would be about 60 degrees and the orbital period
    would be about 40 days.  Of course other periods down to about
    20 days are possible if the orbit is highly eccentric.
    The actual altitude/azimuth of the image is about 19 degrees up
    in the west.
    High-flying aircraft briefly visible?
    Mike McCants
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