Japanese Spy Satellite Transits Full Moon
Taken by Leonardo Caldas on May 14, 2014 @ Brasilia Brasil
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Looking Calsky I saw a possible transit of a Satellite called IGS 7A.Set my Canon sx50hs and started to film. In the right time the Transit occurs.

IGS 7A (Information Gathering Satellite), a Japanese reconnaissance satellite, was launched from Tanegashima on 12 December, 2011 at 01:21 UT by a H-2A rocket. IGS 7A joins Japans Information Gathering Satellite system expanding the countrys capacity to observe military and civil developments around the world. The Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) is a military spy satellite system whose primary mission is to provide early warning of impending hostile launches.
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For sure I noticed the size of the object since calsky predicted 4.2 arcsec, but it crossed at the precise time, so my explanation is some artifact or blur was caused by the superb speed.
Posted by Leocaldas 2014-05-15 20:49:15
did you notice the shadow on the moon ? in the right side of object. Is there a shadow or artifact ?
Posted by astrostil 2014-05-16 01:21:49
sory. it seems that shadow is in the same place as the object before, so it is artifact.
Posted by astrostil 2014-05-16 01:42:19
If it was a very small bat of 10cm (4in) it would be necessary a 900m (3000ft) altitude and a speed of 72km/h (45mi/h) to look like this. Standard bat of 20cm, double this calc numbers. I think highly improbable it was something like this.
But I have a question. Could it be part of the rocket that putted the satellite in orbit?
Posted by Leocaldas 2014-05-16 15:21:42
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