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Tandem satellites? new
      #5486723 - 10/24/12 10:03 AM Attachment (93 downloads)

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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Re: Tandem satellites? [Re: GreenvilleJETS]
      #5487574 - 10/24/12 08:08 PM Attachment (82 downloads)

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I don't know if the displacement from the predicted path to the actual path can be accounted for by parallax and/or out of date orbital elements ...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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