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There are thousands of amateur satellite observers active today, but Molczan is a leader of an informal group of 20 or so who specialize in so-called black satellites, the orbits of which are not disclosed, and the existence of which is often classified. Molczan and his band of associates monitor some 140 classified US satellites, like the Lacrosse radar imaging satellites, which can see through cloud cover and darkness and produce photo-quality images of targets on Earth.
Originally posted by Ross 54
The 'mystery object' 9U01FF6 made another close pass by the Earth on Dec. 30. What I find interesting is that the distance was not the typically given ~50,000 miles, but about 38,000. I checked back over the ephemerides at the Distant Artificial Satellite Observation Page at the Harvard University, Harvard College Observatory website. The distances for all three know perigees are as follows: Oct. 29 -- 50,772 miles; Nov. 28 -- 46,910 miles; Dec. 30 -- 37,938 miles. It gets closer at each pass, and by a larger amount each time. Ross
[edit on 1-1-2010 by Ross 54]
Originally posted by Erasurehead
...How could that happen if this is apollo era space junk?