Re: Possible Geo Satellite captured in image? (fwd)

Ed Cannon (donotspamecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Thu, 02 Dec 1999 01:15:34 -0600

Anyone want to try to ID the possible geosynch captured in the photo
mentioned in the newsgroup message below?  

Ed C. - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA

----Forwarded----

] From: "J.A. MacQuarrie" <jamacq@erols.com>
] Newsgroups: sci.astro.satellites.visual-observe
] Subject: Re: Possible Geo Satellite captured in image?
] Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1999 18:03:53 -0500
] 
] The times for the entire transit in the image are from 0446-0447EDT
] (0846-0847UT) on the morning of 18Sep99.  My observing location is 38
] 36'41"N 76 59'14"W.
] 
] "J.A. MacQuarrie" <jamacq@erols.com> wrote in message 
] news:<821rkg$3bp$1@autumn.news.rcn.net>...
] 
] > While shooting a series of 15 sec subexposures of NGC1055 on 18 Sep, three
] > of the 15-second exposures showed the appearance of an object slowly
] > wandering through the field of view.
] >
] > I've combined an image from the three subexposures that shows the object
] > as it wanders across the field of view. I calculate that the object was
] > travelling approximately 12.7 arcsec/sec.
] >
] > Due to the very slow rate of transit and the fact that NGC1055 is very
] > close to the celestial equator (00 26' 20" dec), I assume that the object 
] > is a geosynchronous satellite either wandering in its slow figure 8 pattern 
] > or possibly being repositioned.  Any ideas?  Do you concur?
] >
] > You can see the image at:
] >
] > http://members.aol.com/ccdastronomy/ngc1055sat.html
] >
] > Regards,
] > Jeff
] >
] > --
] > Jeff MacQuarrie's Astronomy Homepage
] > http://members.aol.com/tchphysics/

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