Re: What did I see?

From: Jonathan W (tlj1899@gmail.com)
Date: Thu Oct 06 2011 - 17:54:02 UTC

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    Arnold,
    
    Actually, I think NOSS 3-5 A and B are indeed a much better fit.  I was
    trying to find an object to match up with Cosmos 1607.  Although what I saw
    seemed much brighter than the predicted +7.5 for the NOSS pair.  I will say
    that when I saw the pair, the first thing I thought of was NOSS...
    
    Thanks for the tip.
    
    Jonathan
    
    On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 6:39 PM, Arnold Barmettler <barmettler@calsky.com>wrote:
    
    > Hi Jonathan
    >
    > After a quick check with CalSky: are you sure you did not observe NOSS 3-5
    > A
    > and B instead? They have been traveling parallel to Cosmos 1607.
    >
    > Best regards
    > Arnold
    >
    >
    > seesat-l-bounces+barmettler=calsky.com@satobs.org wrote:
    > > Hello all,
    > >
    > > On the evening of 4 October, I observed Cosmos 1607 (15378)
    > > through 7x35
    > > binoculars at approximately 2045 EDT (0045 GMT, 5 October).
    > > At the same
    > > time, I saw a mystery object of about the same magnitude (predicted
    > > magnitude for Cosmos 1607 was +4.5) in the same field of view, either
    > > leading or trailing Cosmos 1607 by around 5 degrees.  I have
    > > been unable to
    > > determine what this object was; no other satellite was
    > > predicted to have
    > > been at that location in the sky.  It appeared to be
    > > travelling on the same
    > > exact orbit as Cosmos 1607; they did not merely intersect
    > > within the same
    > > field of view.  Considering that Cosmos 1607 has been in
    > > orbit since 1984, I
    > > have discounted the possibility that it had released a
    > > payload.  My location
    > > is:
    > >
    > > Latitude: 39.706
    > > Longitude: -75.683
    > >
    > > Can anyone help me in identifying this object?  Thanks.
    > >
    > > Very Respectfully,
    > >
    > > Jonathan Wojack
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