On Orbit Rocket Burn Aug. 2 ~0347 UT?

From: David Oesper (oesper@mac.com)
Date: Tue Aug 03 2010 - 03:03:44 UTC

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    I was at Sierra la Rana last night SW of Alpine, TX (30 21 15.8 N, 103 33 55.5 W, 5165 ft.)
    photographing the Milky Way with a digital SLR on a camera tracker, and started a
    5-minute exposure of the Scorpius region around 10:47 p.m. CDT (2010-08-02 0347 UT).
    The photograph shows a circular reddish cloud located in Norma at about
    15h 43m -48d 46' (2000) that was not visible to the unaided eye. There is no nebula at this
    location, nor does this appear to be a "ghost" image in the optics, so I suspect this is a
    rocket plume from some rocket firing in Earth orbit.
    
    Here's the full-resolution image for your review.
    
    http://skythisweek.info/SLR201008020347_1543-4846.jpg
    
    You will find the "nebula" in the lower right portion of the image.
    
    Are any of you aware of a rocket firing on orbit a few minutes before 2010-08-02 0347 UT?
    
    Thanks much,
    
    David Oesper
    Alpine, TX  USA
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