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Topic Title: Anyone Else Like to Spot Satellites?
Topic Summary: How many UFO posts are we allowed per screen name here?
Created On: 01/26/2021 06:32 PM
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 01/26/2021 06:32 PM
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ponch

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Some people don't believe you can see satellites on clear nights for about an hour after sunset or before sunrise.
The satellites are so high that the sun is still shining on them and reflects the sun back to us.
It's fun and I look up when the timing and conditions are right every chance I get.

Every now and then I see blinking satellites moving at normal satellite speed. I call those tumblers. Their apparent blinking is due to their rotation. Sometimes you can make out the faint satellite between blinks.

Rarely you'll see a satellite cruising by then there is a very bright flash just before it enters the earth's shadow. I think they call this a "flare" and it's due to the different angles on the satellite.

Even more rarely, there are these satellites that seem stationary or move very slowly and blink every 8-10 seconds. I call these flashers or blinkers. They are very bright, almost like a camera flash in the sky. Every time I've noticed one, the first blink is the brightest and I'll see 2-3 blinks max, then gone. If you focus hard enough you can see the faint light in between blinks.

I was leaning toward they must be geostationary, geosynchronous, or defunct satellites. Could be space junk as well. I've researched these and heard people claim that if a satellite is tumbling or rotating (blinking), it's not doing its job and it's useless (abandoned or space junk). I've also heard that we shouldn't be able to see geosynchronous or geostationary satellites with a naked eye due to their distance and brightness. I'm definitely no expert and I don't know if the people who made the claims are either.

So these are stationary (or very slowly moving) blinking lights, but we supposedly can't see geostationary or geosynchronous sats with our naked eye?
I get the tumbling satellites, but the fact that these barely move confuses me.

Anyone else witnessed this? Any better explanations?

Here are some links to examples:

Blinker

Blinker 2

Geostationary Satellite Time Lapse 1

Geostationary Satellite Time Lapse 2

Geostationary Satellite Time Lapse 3

I'll try not to let the door hit my ass too hard on the way out...

Edited: 01/26/2021 at 06:35 PM by ponch
 01/27/2021 05:05 AM
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Cole

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We were in the Lower Keys and watched things zip by overhead late one night. We must have see a dozen within an hour. They were too fast for planes and no planes were showing on the tracker, so we figured them to be satellites. But then again, there was an airbase nearby, so who knows.

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 01/27/2021 07:30 AM
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CurtisEflush

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There was an incredible show off the coast here (incredible from PAFB and Satty) last summer. Trackers eventually concluded they were Elon Musk's batch.
 01/28/2021 07:12 AM
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Greensleeves

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"Some people don't believe you can see satellites on clear nights for about an hour after sunset or before sunrise. " There are people that maintain the earth if flat.

ISS next couple of weeks

It's fun to share ISS with tourists.



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Edited: 01/28/2021 at 07:15 AM by Greensleeves
 01/28/2021 04:12 PM
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ponch

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Lol I call them fat earthers.
 01/29/2021 07:22 AM
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Greensleeves

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That's funny! There's a lot we don't get. That makes it worth thinking about.

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