|Occurred : 8/27/2014 22:45 (Entered as : 08/27/2014 22:45)
Reported: 8/29/2014 6:07:43 PM 18:07
Location: Sartell, MN
|Anomolus Satelite moving EAST TO WEST????
About 22:30 I sat down in a plastic chair facing east to watch a patch of sky for north-south satelites. The patch I watch is bordered by leafy tree branches.
At about 22:45 I saw a pinpoint of light moving FROM THE EAST TO THE WEST across the sky patch at the normal rate of speed for a satelite in low earth orbit. I lost sight of it as it passed overhead and I failed to move from my chair. Total time in view was 1-2 minutes.
This struck me as remarkable because I know that most satelites are launched with an EASTWARD component to gain a launch speed asist of up to 1000 MPH from the earth's rotation.
Have you had any similar reports? Can NORAD shead any light on this object?
((NUFORC Note: We agree with the source of the report…visible satellites do not have a westerly component to ther groundtrack, as they orbit Earth. We suspect that the witness is a skilled sky watcher. PD))