Re: Unknown satellites in high orbits

Alphonse POUPLIER (
Wed, 17 Sep 1997 12:54:42 +0200 (MET DST)

> On 31st of August at 21.08 (UT), or 19970831.881 (UT)
>while observing a variable star I saw two satellites
>in a high orbit. I had a high magnification, so they
>were not seen simultaneously, and I cannot say if there
>were more satellites in a group. These two had almost
>the same path.
>  Both were 14th magnitude, moving about 1 degree in
>a minute Eastward (coordinates equatorial). Their
>separation was roughly one minute, or one degree.
>  They were spotted at 00h 49m, +56 54 (2000)
>My site is at   60 14 29N
>                24 48 58E
>Telescope 44.5cm f/4.5 refl.
>                        Regards,
>                        Timo Kinnunen

My IDENT progr gives:

File: EL970913.TXT
Place: ESPOO
Lo.(DDDMM East):02448 La.(=F1DDMM):+6014
Date (DDMMYY): 310897