Re: Have satellite observation with moon overpass, seek candidate name(s)

From: C. Bassa via Seesat-l <>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:00:23 +0200
Hi Fotis,

On Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 11:29 AM, Fotis Georgatos via Seesat-l
<> wrote:
> However, there are some questions about it:
> a) what is the preferred process to identify candidate satellite(s) for
> this overpass?

You will need to retrieve TLEs from around that date. The USSTRATCOM
catalog can be accessed through There is also a small
probability that this is a classified object whose TLEs are not in the
USSTRATCOM catalog. People on this list may have a copy from around
this date. Several planetarium programs can use TLEs to make
predictions of where satellites were at the time of your observation.

I quickly compared the USSTRATCOM catalog for around that date with
your reported location and time, but unfortunately do not find any
promising candidates. How accurate is the time you report?

> c) does anyone collect such observations, recorded on video? (youtube no
> good)

If the satellite can be identified and is indeed classified it may be
worth measuring its position.

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