posted on Sep, 17 2009 @ 08:47 AM
In case anyone's still interested, here are the results of my video processing on the 'stationary' blinking object.
Because the movie image shakes all over the place (a sure sign of amateurism I'm afraid), I extracted the 42 'Flash' images from the rest (almost
15,000 in total), to give a reasonably small number to stabilise. As a datum point, I used the brightest star seen in all the frames and centred all
42 on that one star. This allows you to align each frame onto a single point, so any movement over the timeframe will be seen as streaks or dotted
lines around the point.
Here's the result
The bright central spot is the fixed star (42 images stacked on top of each other, so now very bright). The other stars are seen as short arcs as a
result of diurnal motion over the timeframe. The flasher is seen moving top to bottom as a series of dots. These flashes are separated by fractionally
over 12 seconds in the original movie. It's interesting to note that this object has two flash frequencies. The regular 12 second one hides a longer
one which switches off the expected flash on two or three of the 42 frames. This is in spite of all the very faint stars remaining visible. So, this
isn't a result of astronomical seeing, but a real phenomenon.
In conclusion, I believe this object is a satellite, possibly decommissioned and tumbling. Tumblers are a favourite target for satellite watchers and
there are literally hundreds of them (tumblers that is). The duel flash frequency is most probably a result of a diaxial tumble pattern, where every
so often, the sun-reflective panels are displaced so the observer misses the flash.
Had details of the location, time, etc been provided, it may have been possible to put a name to the satellite. In any case, it's an interesting
[edit on 17-9-2009 by waveguide3]