ANGARA 5 event

From: Greg Roberts via Seesat-l <>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 23:18:46 +0200
Sorry to harp on this subject but I am beginning to come to the 
conclusion that the sighting in South Africa by several people of a 
light in the sky that slowly moved ,increasing elevation slowly in a 
westerly direction,could not have been an ANGARA 5 event as the 
magnitude would have had to have been around mag -5 or much brighter to 
be obvious and this, I think, is highly unlikely for any satellite 
activity at near geostationary altitudes. I did consider Venus as the 
object but this was only 14 degrees away from the sun at magnitude -3.9 
and elevation 46 degrees so I am pretty certain it could not be easily 
seen, if at all,  by the naked eye under these conditions.    SPACETRACK 
apparently has not yet found the object placed in a graveyard orbit - 
certainly not as of a few hours ago, so at the moment I cannot check 
where the main component was,or even if above the horizon, so unless 
something spectacular happened at around 1430 UT on the 23 Dec 2014 with 
the ANGARA 5 test flight, I think I must conclude that the event was not 
related and I have no idea what it was.

Any sensible suggestions will be welcome :-))
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