Re: Unknown artificial, following ISS.

From: Kevin Fetter via Seesat-l <>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:58:14 -0700
I get  no APT (  Breeze-M DEB (Tank ) passing by, where you observed the sat.

If I allow for error in reported time of ISS pass, something tossed during a spacewalk awhile ago, was to pass by. So maybe you observed that.

It's catalog number = 40051. 

If you get a change, you can catch a undocked progress spacecraft. You have until July 31, to see it, as it will be deorbited that day.

It's catalog number is 39648. 


On Sat, 7/26/14, Les West via Seesat-l <> wrote:

 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. 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?

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