Re: unusual satellite formation

From: Russ Bessom (russbessom@desurf.com)
Date: Tue May 15 2001 - 12:35:20 PDT

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    Here's some more info for Rudi...
    http://www.fas.org/spp/military/program/surveill/sbwass_n.htm
    
    Hope this helps...Russ Bessom
    
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Edward S Light <light@argoscomp.com>
    To: <SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
    Cc: <light@argoscomp.com>
    Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 2:49 PM
    Subject: Re: unusual satellite formation
    
    
    > Anthony Ayiomamitis recently asked ...
    >
    > > Can any of the local experts assist in the identifictaion of this
    > > fellow's observation. His coordinates are 34-deg 35' S and 150-deg 46'
    E.
    > >
    > > Anthony.
    > >
    > > > Hi everyone,
    > > >
    > > > while observing the comet (A2 LINEAR) last night through my 20x80
    > > > binoculars, I finally saw what some people have been reporting on this
    > > > newsgroup. At approx. 09:18UT (May 14, 2001), a trio of satellites
    > > > passed right in front of the comet, all travelling at exactly the same
    > > > speed. They were arranged in a triangular formation, and (to me)
    > > > resembled the outline of a Concorde jet. They flew from north to
    > > > south.
    > < ... stuff deleted ... >
    > > >
    > > > Regards,
    > > >
    > > > Rudi
    >
    > What Rudi saw was one of the NOSS trios - specifically
    >
    > 23862 = 96-029D = NOSS 2-3 (D) = USA 122
    > 23936 = 96-029E = NOSS 2-3 (E) = USA 123
    > 23908 = 96-029C = NOSS 2-3 (C) = USA 121
    >
    > which passed near C/2001 A2 (LINEAR) between 09:17.0 and 09:17.3 UTC
    > on 2001 May 14, as described. (Incidentally, these satellites recently
    > "celebrated" their 5th anniversary in space, having been launched
    > 1996 May 12.)
    >
    > Clear and dark skies!
    >    Ed Light
    >
    > Lakewood, NJ, USA
    > N 40.1075, W 074.2312, Hgt +24 m (80 ft)
    >
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