VFMO captured on Feb. 1, 2000 while observing 1999 VM40
(NEA photometry)

Now IDENTIFIED by Tony Beresford - Details


Image taken at 21:22:27 UT on Feb. 1, 2000
Exposure: 180s

Centre of the frame: R.A.= 10 24.9 Decl.= 45 32

Image taken at 21:25:48 UT on Feb. 1, 2000
Exposure: 180s

Centre of the frame: R.A.= 10 24.9 Decl.= 45 32

Composition image of the two previous ones

The break in the trail of the VFMO is due to downloading and saving which lasted 20 seconds. The object moved 4.02 arcmin during that time.

Blink of the two original images

1999 VM40 is apparent near the center of the frame (easily visible in full resolution).

The angular velocity of this VFMO was approx. 12.1 deg/hr


About identification

This object was identified by Tony Beresford as 93 02A (22309) Molniya 1-85, a russian communications satellite in a 12 hour geosynchronous orbit. It was imaged as an object of magnitude 13.3 at a range of 33,650 km (using Mike Mccants HIGHFLY programme).

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