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Curious Sighting

From: Marty Garza <laquinta@rgv.net>
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 11:47:41 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 13:11:03 -0400
Subject: Curious Sighting

Date:          July 8, 1998

Time:          9:09 P.M.

Duration:      1 1/2 - 2 min.

Location:      McAllen, TX

No. Witnesses: 2

No. Objects:   2

Object
Description:   Star/Satellite like

Sighting Description:

Although not a terribly exciting event, there were aspects which
set this apart from the mundane.

While outside our home in south Texas I observed what at first
appeared to be 2 satellites traveling parallel to each other in
an east-south-east direction.  The objects were approximately 45
degrees off the southern horizon and separated by about 2-3
degrees.  They exhibited a luminance similar to that of a
satellite and assuming them to be just that, I pointed them out
to my wife.  About this time I noticed that the object highest
off the horizon appeared to start pulling away from the other and
arc to the south until it was directly ahead of the other.  I
thought to myself these must be two satellites on slightly
different orbits which just happened to cross paths at that
point.  However once ahead of the other the objects maintained
their relative positions for approximately 1 minute until they
were lost passing just to the right of the full moon which was
approximately 35-40 degrees off the east-south-east horizon.

These were clearly not (conventional) aircraft. But, if viewed as
a single object would certainly have been attributed to a
satellite.  It is only their interaction which makes this a
curious sighting.

I considered possible optical illusion which could account for
such perception but this would not appear to be the case.  Is
there anything else in orbit at this time (Mir, Shuttle, Etc.)
which might account for this observation?

Marty G.