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Re: Gulf Sighting Report - U.S. Navy Witness

From: David Rudiak <DRudiak@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 20:26:56 EST
Fwd Date: Wed, 03 Feb 1999 14:47:26 -0500
Subject: Re: Gulf Sighting Report - U.S. Navy Witness

>From: Ben Field <ben@abcfield.force9.co.uk>
>Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 19:19:01 -0000
>Fwd Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 15:22:48 -0500
>Subject: Gulf Sighting Report - U.S. Navy Witness

>Follows is a report BUFOD has recently received, does anybody
>have any idea weather this could have been a spinning satellite?

Well let's take a stab at it.

>Day sighting took place:   Sunday
>Day (date):                24&25
>Month sighting took place: January
>Year sighting took place:  1999
>Time sighting took place:  1900
>am/pm:                     PM

>Description of area where sighting took place: Myself, a
>shipmate, and one other under NVG's or Night Vision Goggles
>witnessed a light inside orion's star system.

>Map ref: Gulf of Aden

>Circumstances of the sighting/experience: We observed what
>appeared to be flashing lights in the Orion star system.  When
>observed under NVG's the light was stationary and pulsing from
>bright to dim.

The belt of Orion lies on the celestial equator, where a
geosynchronous communication satellite would be placed.  This
could explain the light being stationary.  One problem is that
this would place the object 22,000 miles from Earth.  It would
be extremely dim, 10,000 times dimmer than a satellite only 220
miles up.  I doubt that any geosynchronous satellites are
visible to the naked eye (anybody can correct me if I am wrong),
though its not clear from the report whether this was seen with
the naked eye or only through NVG's.  My planetarium program
also indicates this sighting occurred about 2 hours after sunset
but before complete darkness.  The moon was half full and about
30 degrees away.  Viewing conditions, therefore, were not
optimal for seeing a dim object with the naked eye.  Would NVG's
make a distant satellite under such conditions that much more
visible?  Since these are designed to amplify infrared, not
visible light, I'm not sure.  Anybody else have some some
thoughts here?

>There were no planes in sight, but the satellites
>we saw were prodominantly moving.  We are in the Gulf of Aden on
>a Western Pacific Deployment for the Navy. At about the same
>time we witnessed the occurence on the 24th and 25th of January
>1999.  I sent a message to the Chief Scientist, Dan Werthimer of
>SETI and his reply was, "it must be a plane or satellite spinning
>really fast.


>(Weather and Conditions) - Clear
>(Weather and Conditions) - Stars

>The UFO was sighted for Minutes: 20

A plane wouldn't be stationary or spinning for 20 minutes.
Unless a satellite is in geosynchronous orbit, it wouldn't
appear stationary either.  If they were seeing reflections off
any flat rotating surfaces (like solar panels) of a
geosynchronous satellite, then maybe they moved out of line of
sight reflection after 20 minutes.   Satellites at much lower
altitudes disappear into the Earth's shadow after a few minutes,
but that wouldn't apply in this situation, since the satellite
would be so far from Earth.

Either this was  geosynchronous satellite rendered visible with
NVG's or it was a Maccabee TRUFO.  Anybody else care to jump in?

David Rudiak

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