two naked eye geosats

From: Rainer Kracht (
Date: Tue Oct 14 2003 - 10:17:50 EDT

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    With the Moon farther away than the day before two geosats
    were seen with the naked eye from about 2003 Oct 13 23:27
    to 23:33 UTC above zeta Ceti.
    The first one was identified as Sicral 1 (2001-005A,26694)
    at +16.2 deg E the second as the Hot Bird cluster at +13.0
    deg E consisting of five satellites (Hot Bird 1,2,3,4,6).
    Magnitudes were about 3.3 (Hot Bird) and 3.8 (Sicral).
    With my 10x50 binocular the Hot Bird cluster looked like
    a close double star.
    Both objects were seen almost due south and near local
    midnight (near maximum elevation and close to the Earth's
    shadow). The Sun's declination (-7.9 deg) was close to 
    the declinations of the satellites (Sicral 1 -7.7 deg,
    Hot Birds -7.6 deg).
    An image is at:
    Rainer Kracht
    Elmshorn, Germany
    Station 5005
    53.7695N 9.6626E  9m Potsdam Datum
    53.7679N 9.6614E 47m WGS84
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