Unknown artificial, following ISS.

From: Les West via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:22:50 +0000


I'm a skygazer, but a real amateur.  I can tell when I'm looking at the ISS, rather than a smaller satellite or maybe a tumbler, and I know what a satellite passing overhead at 17,000mph looks like.  However something I experienced has flummoxed me.


Friday 25th July 03.12'ish UTC  (04.12 GMT+1 local)

52.6309degN  1.2974degE  (Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK)


Shortly after an ISS pass at 03.07'ish UTC, a much dimmer, non-blinking, satellite-looking object raced by on a similar track.  It was travelling at approximately twice the visible speed of the ISS, and seemed to have a haze around it (humidity level was around 80%, which may account for this).  The object was as bright as Deneb, as it passed through the Summer Triangle from WSW to E.  But it was the speed of the thing that surprised me.  A non-skygazer with me, who had just watched the ISS too, also commented with surprise at how much faster it was travelling.  Heavens-above.com seemed to indicate that it may have been a Breeze-M DEB (Tank), but the speed of it pretty much discounted any other satellite for me.  Does anybody know what I saw?


Thank you & kind regards


Les West

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