Are these NOSS satellites?

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CharlesPhillips
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Re: Are these NOSS satellites?

Bob in Baltimore wrote:

CharlesPhillips wrote:

Bob in Baltimore wrote:

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I wonder if anybody has captured them. NASA might like an image for their Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD).

The amateur community doesn't track them because they are well documented in the Satellite Catalog, but I will try to get a photo or two when the weather improves here in Houston, Texas. They should be easy to photograph. I have photographed the DMSP and NOAA POES satellites (just for practice).

That would be great! I assumed that they would be hard to capture except at high latitudes due to the 1:30 AM equator crossing time. The project, if not APOD, will appreciate the shot.

The "A-Train" name is classic NASA. It is factually based, with an attached cultural reference. It is officialy called the A-train because there is a series of satellites passing overhead in he early Afternoon, like a train. The cultural reference is to Duke Ellington's great jazz piece from 1939, "Take the A-Train", which in turn refers to a subway line in New York City. The line ran from Brooklyn to Harlem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb2w2m1JmCY

A bit of NASA trivia and American social and cultural history. I hope it is not too far off topic.

I just ran some predictions for them and they are visible in the early morning right now, and should be visible in the evening in Dec, Jan, Feb. They are visible in the dusk and dawn, when they are illuminated but the ground below is dark.

I made a note to get some photos and notify you.

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