Unknown artificial.

From: Les West via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:01:12 +0000


Sunday 3rd August 20.52'ish UTC  (21.52 GMT+1 local)

52.6309degN  1.2974degE  (Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK)

Very bright, tumbling object passing from West to East at a speed considerably in excess of an ISS pass.  I had observed the ISS some ten minutes earlier, and am very familiar with its speed and the general speed of other satellites.  This one was really moving, and it was as bright as Altair . . flashing brighter still at irregular times.


Heavens-above.com indicates that it may have been Fregat R/B Cluster II.  Can anyone explain to me why it appeared to be going so much faster than an ISS pass, and why it appears so much brighter than advertised?  


This is the second fast pass of a satellite-looking object in two weeks (I earlier posted 'Unknown artificial, following ISS' on 26th July).


Thank you & kind regards


Les West

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