Re: Help needed in identification of a bright object

From: Bjoern Gimle@GlocalNet (Gimle@GlocalNet)
Date: Tue Sep 01 2009 - 18:32:47 UTC

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    Marco Langbroek reported a similar observation by a friend,
    on Aug 24 at 20:15 UTC near zenith and the star HP092689
    I answered him privately, then Marco and Mike.
    The most likely object turned out to be Molniya 3-40,
    which happens to be close to your observation as well.
    I suspect it is rotating extremely slowly, so it might flare at similar positions in
    coming days.
    Gerhard's explanation seems likely, but could his obs 400 km to the NNE be the "same" 
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Bjoern Gimle@GlocalNet" <>
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    Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 3:15 PM
    Subject: Fw: Possible HEO object manoeuvre burn?
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Gerhard HOLTKAMP" >
    What you have observed was a weather balloon. This time of the year the
    illumination is just right for your location to see this phenomenon. Every
    day such a balloon is launched some 100 km away from your place at 16:45 UT
    and depending on the wind it may drift toward you. At 18:30 UT the sky is
    already dark enough and the balloon high enough to see it.
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