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    At about 20:10 BST (19:10 UT) looking NE I say two very bright 'stars'
    appear in Perseus. They appeared suddenly; were of identical brightness,
    stationary and over about 30 seconds faded in unison until they disappeared.
    I'd estimate they were -1 magnitude or brighter and about 2 degrees apart.
    My location is near Worcester (52.1N 2.3W).

    Does anyone have a clue what they were? Did anyone else see them? My wife
    also saw them (actually she pointed them out to me). So I know I didn't
    imagine them.

    I've checked Heaven's Above and they are no Iridium flares or ISS passes
    that match the time. Plus the fact that there were two that faded
    identically seems odd.

    Andy V-H



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    On Tue, 4 Oct 2005 20:38:34 +0100, "Andy Verity-Harrison"
    <andyverityharrison@antispam.com> wrote:

    Andi

    I noticed those two stars, very bright and then fade quickly. I had
    assumed that cloud cover had blocked the light from the stars.

    I thought it was strange to see what appeared to be two stars at the
    same level of brightness, gradually increase and then fade.

    I hope to read more!!

    PS I am near St John's, Worcester (52.1N 2.2W).

    Paul D

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    I saw something very similar about a month back in the southern sky about 25
    degrees up. They weren't stationary - though I thought they were at first -
    but very slowing moving northwards. Almost definitely satellite flares, but I
    haven't seen anything like it before (or since). Lasted maybe about a minute.

    Do the NOSS (they are the triplets and doublets right?) sats flare? I've seen
    the triplets before but never seen them brighten like this.

    Mark


    Andy Verity-Harrison wrote:


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    Yes, the NOSS can flare. I saw one from home in July 2002. It was also
    observed from a few miles North of Manchester. I've heard of other such
    events as well.



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    Andy - Heavens-Above allows you to enter other sats like NOSS - may hel
    solve it?

    Nyteca

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    Wasn't it nytecam who wrote:

    No satellite in Low Earth Orbit is going to fit Andy's observation of
    two stationary objects. LEO satellites don't appear to be stationary.

    --
    Mike Williams
    Gentleman of Leisure

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    "Andy Verity-Harrison" <andyverityharrison@antispam.com> wrote in message
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    I saw the same thing and they dissappeared very quickly.
    I'm in south Birmingham.

    Garry



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    "garry parker" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
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    My estimate of 30 seconds is very crude - it depends how you define very
    quickly. They definitely lasted longer than any meteor I've seen. If that's
    a better gauge.

    Andy V-H



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    "Mike Williams" <nospam@econym.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
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    I could be convinced that they were moving very slowly. There were few stars
    visible and none near by so it was difficult to determine motion as they was
    nothing nearby to reference against. Certainly compared to when I've seen
    the ISS going over they were stationary relative to the (apparent) speed of
    the ISS.

    Andy V-H



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    "Andy Verity-Harrison" <andyverityharrison@antispam.com> wrote in message
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    I must have caught them at the end of their appearance! I know they weren't
    there a couple of minutes earlier. I was looking for bright stars to
    collimate my ropey 20x80's, spotted these two, and promptly lost them again.

    Garry



 

 

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