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    Default What did I see transit the moon? It was huge!



    I decided to go outside for about an hour tonight to take a look at the moon and Saturn. As soon as I point to the moon and look into the eyepiece I saw this enormous object transit the moon, it was absolutely awesome. I've seen different objects transit the moon before but usually they pass by in much less than a second. Tonight's object however, was much different than anything I had seen before. It took about 2 or 3 seconds for it to transit the moon and I could see it tumbling, also I had never seen something this big. I'm trying to figure out what the heck it was but I'm not exactly sure where to look. If anyone can help me out I would much appreciate it. It was about 8:48 PM central time on 3/28/2010.

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    It sure sounds like a plane.. I think it was Cannon Pete that got a shot a while back , maybe he will give us a revisit of the photo.

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    Hard to say. One remote possibility is a "floater."
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    What did it look like? The shape would be a useful clue.. if it was plane shaped, the answer should be pretty obvious

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    Could it have been a bird or a bat? I have seen that sometimes and it can be rather startling.
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    Sounds like a high orbiting satellite. Some Satellites orbit as high as 50,000 miles up.
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    I'm positive it was not a plane. The shape was very irregular. I am quite sure it was not a bird or bat. When I say huge I mean relative to the size of an ordinary satellite transit. I would say it looked 4-5 times larger than the ISS during a transit. Also, I'm not sure how to explain the tumbling other than it being some kind of debris, perhaps from the Iridium 33/Cosmos 2251 collision. Also it certainly was not an eye "floater" if that was what you meant. Also I checked HeavenSat and did not see any satellite transits around the time I saw mine. So I'm still stumped.

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    Having photographed ( and seen ) planes through scope I have to agree that I doubt it was a plane . The move linear and steady in flight . The Tumbling ( I think ) gives it away IMHO.

    You can get what they call ' Tumbling Satellites ' . May have been one of them that you saw.

    CalSky is a site , similar to HeavenSat and others lke it , they have a Satelitte Page that , once you register ( simple email registration ) , you can use to find out transit times of various Sat's ( incl' Tumbling Iridium's ) from your given latitude/longitude location.

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