Object Transit during Solar Eclipse - What is it?

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Object Transit during Solar Eclipse - What is it?

Post by Bagpiper2004 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:58 pm

I had seen an object Transit the Sun during the Eclipse. I initially thought it was the ISS. But when I went online to check the path of the ISS on Aug. 21, it was not over New Jersey (USA). I was not recording video to my laptop at the time. I saw it on my computer screen. My astronomy club was continuously capturing my desktop feed and broadcasting it on our YouTube channel. So I went back and checked through that video. Here are 3 screenshots.

I assume this is a satellite of some sort. I don't think that it is an airplane.

Any thoughts on what it might be?

There are a lot of satellites orbiting, so this may not be anything significant.

You can also look at 2:24:17 to 2:24:22 in the video feed (see link) to see the object Transit the Sun.

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Re: Object Transit during Solar Eclipse - What is it?

Post by Carbon60 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:07 pm

Maybe a cluster of party balloons?


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Re: Object Transit during Solar Eclipse - What is it?

Post by Montana » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:45 am

It all depends on speed, did it whiz past in a second or two (the ISS passes in 1 second), or just amble along? It does look like party balloons so I am guessing it moved fairly slow across the disc? (several seconds)

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Re: Object Transit during Solar Eclipse - What is it?

Post by marktownley » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:30 pm

difficult to guess from the images

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