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Re: Any ideas?



BettyAnn,

I ran your location and time through a prediction package.  For the time
frame, here is what I found:

+----------------  AOS  -----------------+MAX EL.+ ---- LOS ---- +
 Loc.Date  Time  | Satellite       Azm   | Elev. | Time    Azm   |
Duration
 07/04/99  21:15 | Ao-10          190.2° | 32.8° | 01:21  154.3° | 
01:06
 07/04/99  21:15 | Do-17           49.2° |  2.5° | 00:18   25.8° | 
00:03
 07/04/99  21:15 | Go-32          105.4° | 11.4° | 00:26    9.7° | 
00:11
 07/04/99  21:15 | Gro             99.7° |  0.0° | 00:16   95.5° | 
00:01
 07/04/99  21:15 | Met-3/3         97.4° | 16.2° | 00:22  136.2° | 
00:07
 07/04/99  21:24 | Ao-21          206.8° | 38.5° | 00:41  358.5° | 
00:17
 07/04/99  21:24 | So-33          236.2° |  1.0° | 00:29  204.0° | 
00:05
 07/04/99  21:29 | Met-2/17       159.7° | 33.4° | 00:45   18.2° | 
00:16
 07/04/99  21:31 | Ko-25          143.4° | 35.6° | 00:46  356.9° | 
00:15

This is a prediction for your time frame, using the kepelarian
coordinates for satellites issued by NASA for general amateur use.  It
might serve you to locate a more comprehensive set and run a prediction
package like WINORBIT, available at http://www.amsat.org.

One of the best online prediction sites I've found, for visible
sightings, is located by following the links through
http://www2.gsoc.dlr.de/scripts/satvis/countries.asp.

Identity of your west to east birds is up in the air, :-) But you didn't
see Hubble, ISS, or MIR which are all bright and very visible shortly
after sunset local time.  The South to North bird was probably the
Meteor weather sat, Met-2/17.  The others could have been Iridium sats,
or space junk.  There are myriad boosters, and other pieces of space
junk which are on the visible list.

73, Mike

BA Merrill wrote:
> 
> While waiting for the fireworks display at approximately 7,000 ft elev.
> in the San Bernardino Mts. (~33.68/116.) of southern California, at
> approx. 9:15 p.m., I noticed two small objects which appeared like small
> stars traveling about 2 mins apart from west to east.  About 5 minutes
> later a much brighter and bigger object went over from south to north
> but didn't appear to be a plane.  Can anyone tell me if I had a visual
> on MIR or some other satellite(s)?
> 
> Tnx & 73,
> BettyAnn, KC6ING
> 
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