RE: A mysterious trio

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Tue Mar 25 2003 - 07:03:56 EST

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    Grzegorz Koralewski reported:
    
    > A trio of bright (~2.5mag) satellites spreading about 1.5-2 
    > degrees, heading south.
    
    You saw the NOSS 2-3 triad: 96029C, 96029D, 96029E (23908, 23862, 23936).
    
    They are reconnaissance satellites that detect and track ships at sea by
    triangulating on their radio emissions.\
    
    Like other 2nd generation NOSS, the objects normally are no brighter than
    about mag 6, but occasionally brighten to around mag 2 to 4. Very rarely, they
    flare brilliantly.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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