Satellite mystery solved!

Couple of days ago I wrote a post about mysterious satellite triplet, that I observed while trying to cathc a perseid meteors with my camera.

I posted a mail about this satellite to the Seesat -e-mail list, and with the help of Leo Barhorst, Cees Bassa and Björn Gimle I was able to identify this! This satellite was Yaogan 16, a Chinese spy satellite triplet, similar than American NOSS -triplets were. Apparently the use of these satellites is also similar.

Thanks for Leo Barhorst, Cees Bassa and Björn Gimle for identification help!

-Juha
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3 thoughts on “Satellite mystery solved!

  1. FlyTrapMan August 16, 2014 / 01:07

    Mystery solved! I’ve seen plenty of satellites, but never was interested in them that much. Occasionally a satellite will trail in one of my exposures, but I never thought to try and identify it. Next time it happens, I’ll give it a try. Nice job!

    • Juha Ojanperä August 16, 2014 / 01:26

      You should give it a try too! Satellite spotting can be surprisingly addictive and rewarding activity! 😉

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