NUFORC Sighting 19494

Occurred: 1998-04-15 22:00 Local - Approximate
Reported: 2001-09-08 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 30 minutes
No of observers: 1

Location: Arlington, VT, USA

Shape: Orb

Were those points of light really satellites?

While stargazing one night a few years ago, I witnessed what I thought were satellites traversing the sky from the southeast to the northwest. I would guess that I saw 5 or 6 within a half hour. I never thought much about it except in wondering why my companions were unable to see these satellites even though I diligently tried to point them out. I have since learned that most satellites travel in an easterly direction and while it isn't dramatic and may not even be significant, I have always wondered if what I saw were indeed satellites.


The witness is correct in stating that most satellites move in a polar orbit, or they have an easterly component to their flight path. However, because of parallax, it is very difficult to estimate the flight path, or ground track, of an object in the sky, unless it passes almost directly overhead. PD

Posted 2001-10-12

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