Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:53 PM
so naturally i take note of the time and spot i last saw it at and i checked heavens-above site to try and confirm what sat is is and it seems it was almost certainly Landsat 4.
thats the track it took. i saw it between 18:16 and 18:18. in that 2 min time frame it flared about 5 or 6 times i think. i can't seem to find any information about this sat causing this sort of activity but if it was tumbling in orbit out of control i could see how it could do it as the solar panel on it can easily cause a flare just like the iridium sats do (but they don't do it because they are tumbling of course and thats why they are predictable.
anyone else ever see anything like this before?
edit: found this video on you tube. not 100% exactly what i saw as far as the pulse pattern but pretty close esp at the start, otherwise pretty spot on though
Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:13 PM
Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:20 PM
that's the only other one that it could possibly have been but it doesn't match up with when i saw it or where i saw it as well as the landsat 4. plus i know for a fact it was headed in the direction of vega. vega was blocked behind clouds just barely but i knew where vega was at in the sky. so i'm pretty confident it was landsat 4
Posted 18 November 2012 - 01:36 AM
Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:16 PM
looks like Landsat 4 will be making a pass tonight much like it did last night so if the sky is clear enough i'll be be checking it out again to confirm that is what it is .
anyone in the SF Bay area and much of the central to northern CA coast should be able to see this as well (provided the weather cooperates)
Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:28 PM