Fwd = [SeeSat] Two Unidentified Bright Dots
- Below sighting report forwarded with permission of the author.
So far, I haven't seen a satisfactory explanation for this sighting on
the SeeSat mailing list.
Forwarded by: fwestra@...
Originally from: SeeSat-D-request@...
Original Subject: SeeSat-D Digest V00 #88
Original Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000 01:04:59 -0800 (PST)
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Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 23:04:12 +0100
From: Felix Berthelmann <felix.berthelmann@...-halle.de>
To: SeeSat-L <SeeSat-L@...>
Subject: Unidentified subject!
Hello I'm Felix. I am a student of Biology in Halle (Germany) (N 51.4731�
and E 11.9669�). I need your help.
I've never watched satellites as a hobby, but recently I saw something and
have no idea whom to ask what this might be. It was definitely not a normal
satellite as one sees them a dozen times a night.
It was on the 27th of February 2000, 29 minutes past midnight, in Halle.
The sky was clear. We were five people (all have seen it) and I discovered
2 bright dots travelling very fast from East towards the western horizon
(right above us). The bright dots seemed larger than "normal" satellites.
The distance between them was approximately 3 or 4 times their diameter.
They flew on a parallel course. And the amazing thing about them was their
speed. They were moving so fast that we saw them just for 6 or 7 seconds.
Then they disappeared in the dust of the horizon. We have a lot of air
traffic here, but I'm sure it was not a plane (there were no flashing
lights and it was moving too fast). And it had no tail or anything else,
so it was not a falling star.
I have checked this site:
le&TZ=CET&Date=36582.2291666667&Mag=4.5 and found no visible satellite
passing by at that early time in the morning.
So I had no other idea than to ask you. Was it a satellite we've seen and if
yes - what type of satellite travels so fast? It would be very kind of you
to help us with this question.
Thanks a lot,
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