Re: Object in Sky

From: Marilyn Harris (marilyn1950@rogers.com)
Date: Wed Jul 30 2008 - 00:01:37 UTC

  • Next message: Ted Molczan: "TJM obs of 2008 Jul 30 UTC"

    Hi Ted:
    
    Wow, that's very neat! I will let my friend know - although it's not 
    absolutely certain but very possible.
    
    Thanks Ted and others who responded,
    
    Marilyn
    
    
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Ted Molczan" <ssl3molcz@rogers.com>
    To: <seesat-l@satobs.org>
    Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 8:15 AM
    Subject: RE: Object in Sky
    
    
    > Marilyn Harris wrote:
    >
    >> We were heading back to Ottawa on this road:
    >>
    >>
    > http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=45.604791,-76.100321&spn=0.041673,0.
    > 106516&z=14
    >>
    >> I am looking at the google satellite image and I think we
    >> (the car) were facing south at that point (we were stopped at
    >> the side of the road when we first noticed the object) and so
    >> the obect was basically going from west to east (this is only
    >> approximate). The date was July 19th and the time, maybe around 10 pm.
    >>
    >> I did not see anything but a blob of light traversing the
    >> night sky - larger than the background stars and big enough
    >> that a wobble was noticeable. I did not see any shape really
    >> other than basically round. The light was whitish and unblinking.
    >
    > You may have observed the International Space Station (aka ISS). Its
    > international designation is 1998-067A, and its US Strategic Command 
    > catalogue
    > number is 25544. It is Earth's largest and brightest artificial satellite.
    >
    > At about 10:14 PM EDT, it was 20 degrees above your south-western horizon. 
    > About
    > 90 seconds later, it was 57 degrees above the southern horizon, and still
    > rising. Just before 10:16 PM EDT, it culminated about 62 deg above the
    > south-eastern horizon. It passed below 10 deg elevation in the east 
    > north-east,
    > shortly after 10:18 PM EDT.
    >
    > Ted Molczan
    >
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