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Originally posted by whatnext21
I see you are from Toronto, would this have happened to be out over the lake? I live near Lake Erie and have seen these strange objects (more than one at a time zipping every direction across the southwest sky) as well but i don't have a camera to capture them with, what did you use?
Originally posted by Soylent Green Is People
Originally posted by gortex
reply to post by racebyu
I initially thought it was a satellite but after watching it a few more times the direction change at the end is quite odd
S+F from me
As I mentioned in my post above, maybe the change in direction at the end is due to the fact that satellites are on an arced trajectory, and if that trajectory is inclined relative to an observer, then it may only appear to change direction, relative to that observer.
I said in my post above that I would try to draw a picture of what I mean, but my art skills are lacking ( ), so I borrowed an image from the internet and modified it to hopefully get my point across somewhat. In this image (which was cropped from the original) look at the arc trajectory of the satellite orbit, and look to see how the direction of that orbit changes from the point of view of an observer to which that arc trajectory is inclined:
edit on 9/5/2013 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)