RE: SUPER COOL sighting in Cincinnati 4/8/2014

From: Ted Molczan via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:04:00 -0400
John Blakeney wrote:

> Not too sure if I am posting something correctly or if what I am posting is even "allowed."

Identifying suspected satellites is one of the things we enjoy on SeeSat-L.

> Brand new to the site...

Welcome!

> Anyway, last night, sitting in my hot tub, looking west, I saw the most amazing thing that I
> have ever seen.  Here are the notes that I jotted down after I saw it.
> 
> Lasted maybe only 7 seconds....
> Western sky
> Tumbling (I say that because while it was bright MOST of the time, it dimmed "off and on"
> about 5-6-7 times)
> Brightest moving thing I ever saw.  MUCH faster than any satellite that I have seen, but MUCH
> slower than any meteor
> Thought it was a great meteor but then dimmed then got bright again, 5-6-7 times before
> disappearing
> Around 11 pm EST
> 
> I could post the "star" coordinates at a later time if someone really wants to know...
> Best I can say now is that it was 10-15 degrees "west" of the Moon...and traveling in a
> Northerly direction.

Star coordinates provide the most reliable basis to identify objects, so always are desired. You might be able to spot
your object using Heavens-Above. Go to the following page, set the date to Apr 8 (it defaults to the 9th) and set the
minimum brightness to the faintest available, mag 5.0; I know what you saw was bright, but even small, normally faint
objects can flare brilliantly, so the fainter the better here.

http://www.heavens-above.com/AllSats.aspx?lat=39.1031&lng=-84.512&loc=Cincinnati&alt=168&tz=EST

Each entry in the table produced by this page includes a link to a star chart showing the path of the object. Fengyun 3A
(08026A / 32958) and Spot 4 (98017A / 25260) may be candidates that could match your sighting. I do not know whether
they have been previously observed to behave as you observed.

Ted Molczan
ssl3molcz_at_rogers.com



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