ADEOS passed up by smaller, lower sat?

From: Greg Williams K4HSM via Seesat-l <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:43:29 -0400
Knoxville, Tn
Time of event: 0215z

Just observed two satellites in my binoculars at the same time, one about .5 - 1.0 magnitude dimmer than the other that came into the field of view as I was observing the unknown. Both traveling North on a polar orbit.  The brighter one was slower than the dimmer one. They came to within less than an arcsecond at closest point of conjunction.

I'm placing the brighter sat as ADEOS as it was in the right area at the time this occurred. I'm curious as to the other object and how far apart they actually were altitude-wise. I'm certain they were over 25km in altitude at least.

Location of conjunction was near the star Deneb, between the M29 and M39 clusters. Altitude approximately 43deg, traveling N and was to my NNE.

Greg Williams
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