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Tuesday March 5, 2013

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Caption: must be a plane because it appears 4 times. I was just wondering why it slowly fades in & out taking 6 30 second frames to do so while staying in one place. Guess it was just a plane moving toward me, but then it wouldn't be happening that way 3 more times as this does as it moves off to the upper left. ???

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4. llpj04
6:22 PM GMT on March 08, 2013
Thanks for the info.
March 5th 10:54 to 12:53 but my camera may have been fast an hour. Don't think I changed it when we set our clocks back. Yes I was facing south.

Tried the sky search 10pm for 4 hours and it has 2 sightings that fit. akebono exos d time 22.32 for 12 m elev 43 10 aboves 43 above s

and globalstar mo49 time 22.33 for 4 m elev10 10 above wsw 10 above sw

exos d =Akebono (known as EXOS-D before launch) is a satellite to study aurora and Earth's magnetosphere environment. It was developed by Institute of Space and Astronautical Science and launched by M-3SII rocket on February 22, 1989.
As of March 2009, it is still operational after 20 years from launch.

globalstar mo49:Owner:Globalstar
Country:USA
Purpose:Communications
Launched from:Cape Canaveral
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3. Microshnik
7:31 AM GMT on March 08, 2013
I am thoroughly intrigued. At what date and time did you take these shots, and approximately which direction were you facing? Assuming the date and location provided by WU are correct, and having a decent knowledge of constellations (I see the heads of Hydra and Leo), I figure you were facing WSW, but it's hard to determine the time. Odds are it was a satellite, probably tumbling (thus the slow, steady fade in and out), and you might be able to figure out which one using the SkySearch feature here: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/SS applications/Post/JavaSSOP/JavaSSOP.html (it requires the Java plugin). Let us know!
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2. llpj04
9:19 PM GMT on March 07, 2013
It starts just above the brightest star in the bottom left quadrant.
This gif is 19 frames long.

The first dot appears in frame 7 thru the 14th frame. A total of 7 frames at 30 sec each frame. It shows up again in the 17th frame then moves & shows up again in the 18th frame and does the same for the 19th.

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1. newenglandlight
8:14 PM GMT on March 07, 2013
Interesting! It is strange how it stays in one spot for that amount of time. Maybe it was watching you watching it, lol!
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I have always loved taking pictures and WU makes it even more fun. It is a great site thanks to the approvers, all who manage the photos, and the wonderful WU photo friends. People at many levels of ability sharing their world and photography experience. In the process friendships are made and learning takes place as well as the chance to see the world!

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