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#1 GreenvilleJETS

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:03 AM

I was taking pictures on the morning of the 21st in hopes of catching some meteors. I did catch a number of meteors and posted those pictures elsewhere but I also came across this odd sat trail (see picture). I cannot identify with calsky or other programs, so I thought I'd crowd source this one. I'd be interested to see what you think. Best Tim

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#2 *skyguy*

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:08 PM

A couple pieces of debris from a Chinese killer satellite test on their polar weather satellite, "Fengyun 1C" in 1997 is the closest match I can find:

http://celestrak.com/events/asat.asp

However, I don't know if the displacement from the predicted path to the actual path can be accounted for by parallax and/or out of date orbital elements ... the path length, separation, direction and distance between the objects looks pretty good. Maybe someone can come up with a better match.

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