Re: Cosmos 2369 Rocket this AM?

From: Tony Beresford (dberesford@adam.com.au)
Date: Sat Sep 03 2005 - 11:09:13 EDT

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    At 11:54 PM 3/09/05, Charlie Hoff wrote:
    >Observed 3 bright bodies travelling close together Saturday AM (2005-09-02), approx 0325 EDT (0725 UTC); from 44.55N, 70.55W.
    >Objects in a slightly angled line, with 1 degree or less separation between each, all approx same magnitude (est. Mag 2-3).
    >Objects traveled from West high altitude to NNE low altitude. Observed both naked eye & with 10x50 binoculars, no tumbling or flashing observed.
    >I've checked Heavens-Above, only object I can find that matches time & trajectory is Cosmos 2369 Rocket, USSPACECOM #26070, international # 2000-006-B.  However, no indication there are 3 bodies travelling together.  Any confirmation or correction would be appreciated.  Thanks,
    >
    >Charlie Hoff
    >Rumford, ME USA
    Charlie,
    You saw what list members call the NOSS 2-2 triplet of satellites. These are in the HA database but are not routinely
    naked eye objects so they dont come up on a list of transits for the AM. They have catalog numbers 21799 21808 21809.
    You can thus check your observation by selecting one of the above, and checking out the path.
    The orbital elements of the NOSS objects come from observations by amateur observers. The newer 3-1, 3-2 and 3-3 
    NOSS satellites are only twins not triplets.
    
    Tony Beresford
    
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