Re: Fwd: Re: Help with identification

From: George Roberts (gr@gr5.org)
Date: Wed Apr 03 2013 - 14:53:21 UTC

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    The only match I can find is CZ-3A DEB (a launch vehicle/rocket body 
    launched from China)
    aka 35551
    
    But it's off by 2.3 degrees which seems like a lot considering the accuracy 
    of the RA, Dec you provided.
    
    Here's the track in heaven's above
    http://129.247.247.254/passdetails.aspx?lat=41.6&lng=-71.1&loc=Westport&alt=60&tz=EST&satid=35551&mjd=56382.1299008912&type=A
    
    It's not technically geosync although it was 23,000 miles away at the time. 
    In heaven's above unfortunately I don't know how to reduce the time codes 
    and they all run together at 8:44pm but according to latest TLE it was here 
    at that time:
    ra 10h 8.8 min
    dec 4.69
    
    Is it moving in the correct direction for your starfield?
    
    - George Roberts
    http://gr5.org
    
    -----Original Message----- 
    From: tom
    Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2013 1:23 PM
    To: seesat-l@satobs.org
    Subject: Fwd: Re: Help with identification
    
    Sorry George, I should have remembered the importance of my location in
    the calculation.... Lat= 41.596 N, Long= 71.091 W. Also, the telescope
    tracks in sidereal time so I assume this object was a geosync. based on
    its location and the amount of apparent motion.
    
    Tom
    
    
    On 3/30/2013 10:39 PM, George Roberts wrote:
    > Unlike with asteroids, we need to know your latitude and longitude (within 
    > a
    > mile is probably fine).  This is because satellites are much closer than
    > asteroids.
    >
    > - George Roberts
    > http://gr5.org
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: tom
    > while imaging an asteroid this evening I had a slow mover track across
    > the field. I'm guessing it was around 12th or 13th magnitude. Wonder if
    > someone could identify it...info follows....object moved about  12
    > arc-minutes in 45 seconds.
    >
    > 3/31/2013  00 04 44UTC      RA=10h 06m 01.5s   DEC=+02Deg 29' 11"
    >
    > Tom
    >
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