[amsat-bb] Bright flashy object

Andrew Rich vk4tec at internode.on.net
Tue Aug 8 00:18:48 UTC 2017

Mate do you have any idea how much space junk is up there

I will not even start to guess what it could be 


> On 8 Aug 2017, at 9:18 am, Pedro Sousa via AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Tonight right after ISS passed by, in fact a few seconds after it was no
> longer visible at 22:44, I spotted a bright object flashing sporadically
> and traveling from southwest to northeast. It was too bright, I dare to
> say brighter than the ISS itself, but the flashes didn't had the same
> intensity and timings. It could have been an airplane but the strobe
> lights of one can't be that bright unless it's somewhere within 1 mile.
> I thought of Mayak, the Russian satellite, but at the time it was
> somewhere near New Zealand, plus the orbit doesn't match what I saw. I
> was to get my camera and film it, but by the time I figured it was not
> an Iridium flare, which took me a solid minute staring at it, it was gone.
> What amazed me was the fact that it was traveling along a very close
> path as the sunset line, which could mean that it was getting on and off
> the sunlight, if that makes sense at all.
> Is there any other satellite up there capable of producing a flash that
> bright?
> 73 Pedro CU2ZG
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