Re: Seesat-l Digest, Vol 5, Issue 29

From: William Keel via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:28:47 -0500
On Jul 29, 2014, at 12:00 PM, via Seesat-l wrote:

>
> Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:13:20 -0500 (CDT)
> From: Mike McCants via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
> To: SeeSat-L_at_satobs.org
> Subject: "Comet" over longitude 93 west
> Message-ID: <201407290713.s6T7DKIP066697_at_fnord.prismnet.com>
>
> I was able to spot what I assume was the Centaur fuel dump
> from the GSSAP launch from Austin about 06:25 UT July 29.
>
> The "comet" was about magnitude 2 when I first spotted it.
> I was using 10x42 binoculars.  There were some thin cirrus clouds.
>
> Of course it was geostationary and the stars gradually moved
> from east to west.  It was very close to the 4.4 magnitude
> star 3 Aqu (RA 20 Hr 47.7 Mn, Dec -5.0, 2000) about 06:36 UT.
>
> I did not attempt to set up a telescope to observe the actual
> satellites.
>
> The "comet" gradually expanded and I stopped observing at 06:50 UT.
>

The night-time monitor camera at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope  
(CFHT) on Mauna Kea
caught this event, shown on this timelapse video:
http://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/en/gallery/cloudcams/index.php?opts=bestof&moviefile=data/gallery/geostationaryblur.mp4

It first appeared on the northern edge of Aquarius from that site.  
(Thanks to Kanoa Withington via Glenn Morrison for
the pointer).

I thought about it, should have stayed up that extra hour to watch for  
it...


Bill Keel

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