posted on Sep, 27 2011 @ 04:38 PM
reply to post by woogleuk
All satellites to my knowledge if at the right angle at the right time could be visible during the day, its just that the chances of them ever being
bright enough not to be drowned out by the sun, and you looking directly at it at that moment is very very low.
The Iridium communication satellites though are strong enough reflective wise to do so any time if its strong enough. Haven't seen one during the day
personally (Only the ISS), but they sure are neat at night, 'oh dear I think I pooped myself its looking at me!' kinda neat if you havent seen one
Lucky for me, my first one was a -1 magnitude... for a few seconds it looked like a bleeding car head light in the sky at 200 yards
was quite an
experience (felt like I could feel the reflective light it was that direct)
@Weirdguy, it could be an optical illusion, depends on how much of a wobble. Often when im following a satellite and sort of tracking its path through
the stars in the background they sometimes appear to wobble slightly or take a slight wavy path even when I know its a satellite and hence it cant be
wobbling, they all seem to have some curve to their path however if you get one that doesnt fade out to quickly and you can get a good long
observation of it, but thats more than likely just the curve of the earth.
The 'satellites' I find the strangest (if in fact they are) are the grouped ones and the ones i term 'laggy' ones. Ive only seen a group of them
once and given the number of them and alignment (4 lights in an L shape pattern) it isnt any satellite group ive read about.
And ive seen 3 laggy satellite which are noticeably slower compared to regular ones (at least half the speed of a typical satellite), they dont appear
as a point of light, you cant see them unless they flash or flare and its usually the flash you notice first (thinking its a point meteor). They flare
up randomly, but also flash for random amounts of times every few seconds, and even go out completely for long periods of 6 or longer seconds (one did
so for 10 before it flashed again) then they flash and then slowly flare a little, followed by 2 flashes within just as many seconds etc completely
random... thing is with the laggy ones is their speed doesnt appear constant. Your following its flashes and your predicting where its going along its
path perfectly fine and suddenly one of the flashes or flares is only a tiny distance from the last one even though a number of seconds have passed
that should place it alot further along its path when compared to other longer period flashes previously, and the path is more or less a regular
satellite path. Could be reflective space junk tumbling, but that wouldnt explain the lag in its movements.
Anyone else seen a 'laggy' satellite? Havent been able to find any thing on em personally.