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Anyone care to find out what satellite made this interesting trail that faded in and out in a regular period as it sailed across the sky over Llyn Padarn, North Wales because I can't track it down on Starry Night Pro 7 or Stellarium

GPS location is 53.138735, -4.155010 looking SE and the track was left to right (N to S) starting at 03:07UTC on the 10th April 2016.

Track duration to cover the FoV was 9 x 15 second exposures with 2 second gaps between exposures and strangely for a satellite there is a hint of colour in different areas of the track .

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Edited by Photosbykev
error in the timing
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Might be this one.
Atlas rocket body.....FIA Radar 3 Rocket Debris Cat No 39475

Flashes: Retrograde motion with amplitude of 3 mag and period of 14 seconds
Appears       4h02m14s   8.4mag  az: 56.5° ENE  horizon
Culmination   4h07m36s   2.2mag  az:139.5° SE   h:50.4°
at Meridian   4h08m18s   2.1mag  az:180.0° S    h:42.2°
Disappears    4h08m28s   2.2mag  az:186.6° S    h:38.9°

 Distance: 611.9km  height above Earth: 482.5km  elevation of Sun: -18°  angular velocity: 0.73°/s

BTW very nice capture.

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1 hour ago, wxsatuser said:

Might be this one.
Atlas rocket body.....FIA Radar 3 Rocket Debris Cat No 39475

Flashes: Retrograde motion with amplitude of 3 mag and period of 14 seconds
Appears       4h02m14s   8.4mag  az: 56.5° ENE  horizon
Culmination   4h07m36s   2.2mag  az:139.5° SE   h:50.4°
at Meridian   4h08m18s   2.1mag  az:180.0° S    h:42.2°
Disappears    4h08m28s   2.2mag  az:186.6° S    h:38.9°

 Distance: 611.9km  height above Earth: 482.5km  elevation of Sun: -18°  angular velocity: 0.73°/s

BTW very nice capture.

I've made an error in the time it was at 03:07 UTC, I've updated the post to correct the error. I'm told it is  2014-72P, #39475, a Centaur rocket 

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10 hours ago, wxsatuser said:

The times for this satellite are BST and still correct.

 

There is a slight shift in track as I had London in Calsky.

The track and period for the flashes are very close for 

Atlas rocket body.....FIA Radar 3 Rocket Debris Cat No 39475

Thank you

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  • 5 weeks later...

Very nice image well done.

But what if light pollution gets worse?

If you are not aware of this petition please have a look and maybe sign. just trying to get it noticed as it only has 2 months to go. It must have been unnoticed for some time.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/119428

 

Petition to regulate light pollution

Started by billyharris72, Wednesday at 14:14

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