Flashing Shenzhou-8???

From: Allen Thomson (thomsona@flash.net)
Date: Wed Nov 02 2011 - 12:03:08 UTC

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    This could have been an airplane or something else, but while watching for 
    Tiangong-1 and Shenzhou-8 just now, we failed to see Tiangong-1 on the Heavens 
    Above prediction due, probably, to haze. But about two minutes later, a brightly 
    flashing something followed along very close to the Tiangong trajectory. From 
    our position, 29.5481N, 98.5580W, it passed under Polaris at about 
    2011-11-02T11:44:28Z.  The flashes were in a somewhat complicated pattern and 
    occurred several times a second. The brightest in the pattern were much brighter 
    than Polaris, similar to an airplane's navigation lights.  I can't rule out that 
    it actually was an airplane, but the pattern of flashes was more complex than 
    I've seen before, and the path certainly followed that of Tiangong-1 at about 
    the right speed.
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