Re: Unidentified flaring satellite

From: Leo Barhorst via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2015 07:54:19 +0200
 Ricardo,

This looks like a tumbling satellite with some flares.
Probably a classified sat and these are not all shown on HA.
Use the classfd.tle file from Mike McCants wedpage
www.prismnet.com/~mmccants/Tles/classfd.zip

Regards
Leo Barhorst


2015-05-06 6:11 GMT+02:00 Ricardo J. Tohmé <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>:
> I'm sorry about asking this since I'm quite a newbie when it comes to
> identifying unknown satellites, but sadly, the following video is being
> touted by the local media as an UFO seen from my city, Bahía Blanca
> (latitude 38º 44' 06" S, longitude 62º 14' 02" W) on the evening of Monday,
> April 4th, 2015:
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPikxwZgmjQ
>
> Since it seemed to me this was nothing but some satellite flare, I decided
> to look into the issue and try to identify it. I grabbed a screenshot from
> the 2m8s mark on the video, deleted the satellite using Photoshop, and
> Astrometry.net promptly identified the sky area as part of the
> constellation Columba:
>
> http://nova.astrometry.net/user_images/663199#annotated
>
> So basically, this would put the unidentified satellite almost "touching"
> the star Xi Columbae (HIP 28010) at 07:20:53pm, and the star Gamma Columbae
> (HIP 28199) at 07:20:57pm, assuming the video timestamp is accurate (which
> the observer that videotaped this claims to be).
>
> Taking this into account, I've done searches for known satellites using
> Stellarium and Heavens-Above.com and have come empty-handed in both cases.
> I have no doubt someone on this list will be able to easily check this, or
> at least provide some advice on how to deepen the search.
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Ricardo J. Tohmé
> rtohme_at_gmail.com
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