What was that?!?

patrick wiggins (w@apeleon.net)
Tue, 02 Sep 1997 10:49:09 -0700

What was that?!?

Last Saturday night (MDT) I was conducting a public star party in Bryce
Canyon National Park when several members of the audience started
exclaiming about something they were seeing in the sky.

I turned and found myself saying something like "Oh my God!".

What we were seeing was the brightest satellite I=92ve ever seen.  Much
brighter than Jupiter, this thing actually caused the thin clouds we saw
it through glow.

The entire sighting lasted only a few seconds before the object faded
from view.

Good show!  :-)

Using the following data I=92m wondering if anyone out there can tell me
what we saw.

DATE:     31 AUG 97 (UT)
TIME:     03:04:10 (+/- 5")
LOCATION: 112d  9' W
           37d 42' N
          2,300 m
Seen:     4d north of Altair, headed south
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Patrick Wiggins, Hansen Planetarium, SLC, UT, USA
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