Quick flash & nova like satellites?

From: Michael Boschat via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:07:03 +0000

 During my Perseid observing last night I noticed a bright

short flash and later a "nova" like object - both in Cassiopeia.

Are there very high orbit iridium satellites that can do this?

I managed to get images of them both.  I've seen these before

but this is first time I caught them on camera.  Just curious.

The fast ones you could only count "one thous...." and that is it,

less that 1/2 second flash. The other just looked like a nova starting and slowly faded. Both were in Cassiopeia. the slow

one went from 03:05:38 UT to 03:05:49 UT.

 The bright short one at 02:40:34 UT  just to right of Alpha-Beta  Cassiopeia.

 Me:  Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

        Lat: N44d 39'   W63d 36'

Clear skies
Michael Boschat
Halifax Center - Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
Astronomy page:  http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~aa063

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