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Guest 'Star' In Cetus - Oct 10th-11th

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« on: October 12, 2010, 04:32:20 pm »

Excuse the poor images, they were taken through dense fog at ground level. On Oct 10/11th a 'guest star' appeared in Cetus before 03.00 BST below Mira and remained visible for 10 min's before fading from view, it showed no obvious naked eye motion during that period which was strange. A deep crop shows the trail of the stars however the suspect had no motion at all. Here's a few images...







On Oct 11/12th it appeared back again in the same place as before at 03.08 BST, it faded after a few min's and vanished. A few min's later it returned and was briefly brigher than Mira, it remained visible for 20 min's. Another crop of the latest image shows 5 other fainter stationary 'stars' arranged in a horizontal line in Cetus to the R of the main one, again showing no motion at all. I thought it was strange to see this phenomena for two nights in a row at the approx same time in the same constellation. It's obvious that this is some kind of sat, however I would love to know which type it is?. Worth keeping an eye out tonight around 03.00 incase it comes back again.



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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2010, 04:36:43 pm »

Weird!

I suppose you've checked that the other "suspects" aren't just hot pixels?
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2010, 05:31:09 pm »

I'm fairly certain the other 5 stars aren't hot pixels but I can't rule that out completey, I would need to take another tonight to be sure on that, most of the hox pixels on my camera are red anyway. The main bright 'star' is real though as I could see it visually on both nights, have a look tonight Brian around that same time incase it comes back again, 3 nights in a row would be asking for too much but you never know. If it's not a geo then what else could it be?, spy sats?
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