Re: Unidentified Jupiter Transit

From: Tom Wagner (
Date: Tue Jun 01 2004 - 16:25:24 EDT

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    > From: "Brian Webb" <>
    > To: "See-Sat" <>
    > Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2004 7:56 AM
    > Subject: Unidentified Jupiter Transit
    > Ernie Underhay of Oakview, California is seeking assistance in identifying
    > an object that he saw transit Jupiter last night. Here are [[some of]] the
    > The object then crossed Jupiter's disk from south to north in about 2
    > seconds. When the object was in front of the planet, it resembled a dark
    > cylinder or sliver about 6 to 7" long. The object's long axis was oriented
    > along the direction of travel.
    There have been several times in the last few years where people have
    written in about objects seen drifting in front of the moon and now in this
    case Jupiter. Each time the conclusion was that it was something in our
    Here is part of a post I made on 6/7/01.
    "Once  I was tracking a hydrogen filled balloon I launched with note
    attached and, to my surprise, a small white ball slightly bigger than my
    balloon appeared in my field of view. Actually, I was tracking the balloon
    with my telescope at 50X but perceived the other object was moving instead.
    As it turned out, that object was the planet Jupiter, and in the daytime no
    less!  My balloon drifted right past it."
    Tom  Iowa  USA
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