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FAlconsat 3 carried a boom like that, plus a small bar at the end of the boom. The satellite operates in LOE, and since its pretty small it might just appear like that in a telescope.
Falconsat 5/US221 is another, but it is secret, (sort of) and not much info on that.
Very interesting thread. The object reportedly traveled 1 degree per second. It appears to take about two second for it to complete its motion in the video. This is obviously slowed down, as the real time span is given as 36 milliseconds. The slowed down version is, then, about 55 times slower than the original. From the claimed true speed of the object, and how long it really takes the main body (the round part) to move across its own diameter, I surmise that it is about 45 arc seconds across.
A satellite in low Earth orbit would have to be rather large to present such a sight. I estimate that at 125 miles altitude it would have to be about 135 feet across; at 250 miles 270 feet in diameter, and so forth. The 'boom' would have to be much longer, in either case. In the likely event that someone can point to an error in my math, please do so.edit on 3-12-2013 by Ross 54 because: adjusted figure to eliminate implication of unobtainable precisionedit on 3-12-2013 by Ross 54 because: improved paragraph structureedit on 3-12-2013 by Ross 54 because: improved syntaxedit on 3-12-2013 by Ross 54 because: corrected erroneous size figures
Soylent Green Is People
thats one big satellite....??
I can't tell how far "zoomed in" we are seeing the Sun or how magnified the telescopic image is, so we can't tell how big the satellite is compared to the Sun. Plus, we don't know if that satellite is in low Earth orbit, medium orbit, or a high Earth orbit -- and the difference could be 20,000+ miles from the camera.
Here is how big the ISS looks compared to the Sun (this picture taken as the space station and the docked shuttle "Endeavor" passed between the Sun and a telescope
But with a more powerful telescope or a more zoomed-in image, the space station could look larger.
edit on 12/3/2013 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)
reply to post by UnmitigatedDisaster
The object does not "appear from nowhere". The GIF is very short, and clearly does not comprise the entire appearance of this object, through the scope. The recording may have only been started just shortly before the object left the field of view, and if a dedicated observation of the sun was in progress, then no matter how interesting this object was, it would not warrant a change in the orientation of the scope to follow it.
The person who captured this object through their scope, probably hit record just to confirm that the thing was actually there, and not a fleeting mirage or some nonsense. In any case, the GIF shows only a fraction of the procession of this object across the face of the sun. It does not show the object merely appearing mid frame, as if by magic.
Just a little bit of common sense would be nice folks, you know, like we used to have around here as a matter of course?
Perhaps there is a way of getting measurements of one of the sunspots in that group and then we would have a scale to work on.
reply to post by intrptr
Interesting theory ,my first thought was asteroid but then I saw the "boom" ,we will likely never know what it was.