Re: [OT] Need help in identifying a comet like object

From: Mark Robinson (
Date: Tue Feb 12 2013 - 23:02:13 UTC

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    On 13/02/13 09:14, Sankaranarayanan K V wrote:
    > Perhaps my question is off-topic for this list - but I thought I will check
    > anyway since it might have something to do with ISS.
    > On February 8th early morning I saw a comet like object (fuzzy white with a
    > tail) from about 3:30 am to 5:30 am Indian Standard Time (February 7th 10
    > pm UTC onwards) from Coorg - a southern Indian town. It was quite bright
    > and it first appeared somewhere in Centaurus in the southern sky. It  moved
    > very quickly through Lupus, Scorpius, and Serpens in a span of about 2
    > hours while its brightness reduced rapidly. One could see its movement in
    > the binocular FoV.
    > Now, how do I figure out what the object could be?
    > Could this have been be a liquid waste dump from the ISS? Is there any way
    > to confirm this?
    > Thanks
    > Sankar
    I'm confused about relative times but this may be worthy of consideration:
    I can neither confirm nor deny that I can't see any reference to it on space-track.
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