RE: ISS & Supply Ship Sighting ... ... Not ? Hmmm ....

From: joseph daniel <station969_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 04:47:40 -0500
> FYI.

> The NOSS 3-4 pair: 07027A / 31701, 07027C / 31708, appear to be a good match.
> NOSS satellites occasionally flare, sometimes brilliantly. This is true of the Chinese versions, as well as the U.S.
> ones. 
> http://satobs.org/noss.html
> Ted Molczan

Thanks very much for your reply Ted :

 Bingo ! That's exactly what I saw ! Heavens-Above has them listed as USA 194  &  USA 194DEB at Mag +4.0 .

http://tinyurl.com/meaxpkh  - USA 194 in an H-A skychart          (2007-027-A) / (31701)
http://tinyurl.com/n3ewx7t  -  USA 194DEB in an H-A skychart  (2007-027-C) / (31708)


 All the H-A numbers match , except for my usual under estimation of the elevation , due to small hands/fist (hope
you enjoyed those prenatal Players Filters , Mom) . I'll attempt another recalibration .

 Not sure why, but my poor short term memory suggests that I've tangled with this pair before ? Must search the
archives to be sure though .

Interesting to myself how this particular sighting , was not only very lucky , but also quite indicative as to just how much
hardware is floating around up there , and how easy it might be for a person to mistake one pair ,
for another . I'll gladly contribute a Satflare FPAS of course . Maybe one day NOSS sats will be predictable also ?

The more predictable flares , the merrier !
cheers & thanks again,
gc

		 	   		  
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