Unusual Observations

Timbob (timbob@clear.net.nz)
Tue, 12 Jan 1999 17:44:20 +1300

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Hello All!
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I'm wondering if you can help me.  I was e-mailed by a person who made =
an unusual observation, and asked me if I knew what he saw.  I thought =
perhaps they would likely be satellites, so I decided to see if anyone =
here could help.  He observes from approximately 46 degrees South, 168 =
degrees East.
Here is an excerpt from his messages: All times stated are NZDT =
(UT+1300)
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Message dated 11th Jan, 1999
"At 12.29 on the morning of 8 January 1999, my mother and I observed a
moving object that flashed every few seconds in the Southeast sky. It
'flew' down behind the horizon. Through binoculars it looked 'craftlike'
but I can't be sure.
Then on the morning of the 11th I saw two more of these 'flashers', at
12.46 and 12.50. These were in the Western sky and were farther up than
the previous one. They also curved down below the horizon. They flashed
every few seconds too."
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Message dated 12th Jan, 1999
"I was out again this morning and saw 'flashers' again at 12.12, =
12.30ish
and 12.46. The one at 12.46 was different from the rest because for a
while it would flash once then a few seconds later it would flash two
times, both bright than the single flash."


He also sent me a jpeg image, plotting a rough course through the sky. =
Rather than clog up the mailing list, give me an e-mail, and I'll send =
it to you privately.
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Thanks,
Clear Skies and Steady Atmospheres to you all
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Tim Maynard
Committee Member, Southland Astronomical Society
Invercargill, New Zealand
168=BA 37' East, 46=BA 41' South
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timbob@clear.net.nz=20
Check out my website at:
http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Hall/8002


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Hello All!
 
I'm wondering if you can help me.  I was = e-mailed=20 by a person who made an unusual observation, and asked me if I knew what = he=20 saw.  I thought perhaps they would likely be satellites, so I = decided to=20 see if anyone here could help.  He observes from approximately 46 = degrees=20 South, 168 degrees East.
Here is an excerpt from his messages: All = times stated=20 are NZDT (UT+1300)
 
Message dated 11th Jan, 1999
"At 12.29 on the morning of 8 January = 1999, my=20 mother and I observed a
moving object that flashed every few seconds = in the=20 Southeast sky. It
'flew' down behind the horizon. Through binoculars = it=20 looked 'craftlike'
but I can't be sure.
Then on the morning of the = 11th I=20 saw two more of these 'flashers', at
12.46 and 12.50. These were in = the=20 Western sky and were farther up than
the previous one. They also = curved down=20 below the horizon. They flashed
every few seconds = too."
 
Message dated 12th Jan, 1999
"I was out again this morning and saw = 'flashers'=20 again at 12.12, 12.30ish
and 12.46. The one at 12.46 was different = from the=20 rest because for a
while it would flash once then a few seconds later = it=20 would flash two
times, both bright than the single=20 flash."
 
He also sent me a jpeg image, plotting a = rough course=20 through the sky. Rather than clog up the mailing list, give me an e-mail, and I'll send it to you = privately.
 
Thanks,
Clear Skies and Steady Atmospheres to you=20 all
 
Tim Maynard
Committee Member, Southland = Astronomical=20 Society
Invercargill, New Zealand
168º 37' East, 46º 41' = South
 
timbob@clear.net.nz
Check = out my=20 website at:
http://www.geoc= ities.com/CapeCanaveral/Hall/8002

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