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Re: Curious Sighting

From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos@YorkU.CA>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 19:10:28 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Fwd Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 07:06:36 -0400
Subject: Re: Curious Sighting

> Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 11:47:41 -0500
> From: Marty Garza <laquinta@rgv.net>
> To: updates@globalserve.net
> 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:


> 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


Hi Marty,

You are a very good observer.

I checked for satellites passing over you in McAllen, Texas
at 9:09 p.m. (21:09 Central Time) on July 8 and I found that
what you saw were the Hubble Space Telescope and the Gamma
Ray Observatory.  Both were as bright as stars (magnitudes
3.5 and 3.2 respectively), both had a maximum elevation of
about 50 degrees above the southern horizon and were within
a few degrees of each other (at about 21:07) and both set in
the SE.  Since the Hubble Space Telescope is about 100 km.
higher than the Gamma Ray Observatory, HST would move slower
than the GRO which would overtake it.

Nick Balaskas
Physics and Astronomy
York University