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From: Perham, Jace A, NEO (
Date: Mon Apr 04 2005 - 22:18:29 EDT

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    	I'm new to this site because of a recent observation and now a new found interest. I live in Illinois and belong to a local astronomy club. 4 of us from our club were out doing some observing this past Saturday evening, April 2, and between 8 - 10pm central time, while I was trying to locate the Quasar 3C273 in Virgo, I came across a blinking/flashing light located about 3 degrees to the upper left of the star Zaniah. This object would blink several times, stop, change direction, blink some more, (in no particular order) and repeat the process over again. Its movement was very slow and bi-directional compared to a normal satellite so, of course, we ruled that out. All four of us had a chance to look at and confirm with each other what we were seeing. This lasted about 10 to 15 minutes. One of the people I was with suggested it might be a geo synchronous satellite. Is this what we were seeing and would you happen to know exactly what the object is, or the type, or name, of t!
     his particular satellite so I can pass it along to my fellow observers? Until now I've never heard of a geo synchronous satellite. If this is what we saw it's a very interesting object to come across. Thank you for any help and information on this.
    Thank you, George, following are answers to the questions you asked me to supply:
    1. Location observed from: 38.89N -89.41W
    2. The time we made the observation was April 2, 9:10pm Central or 3:10 UHT
    3. Scope used - 15" Obsession with a 32mm EP at 58 degrees apparent FOV giving 53.9X
    4. Rough location of the satellite was R.A. 12h13m DEC 1.8 degrees.
    I hope this helps.
    Jace Perham
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