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Rocket-related clouds - 29.3.2023 at 23.05 - 29.3.2023 at 23.06 Kiiminki Observation number 113887

Visibility V / V

Arto Murtovaara, Oulun Arktos

A comet-like object, it looked like it had two tails like a comet. Two swans moved for about a minute from the direction of the constellation Lyra, where it changed its shape to look like a lifting pressure fog and expanded considerably, maybe about 1-2 degrees wide and disappeared behind the trees and at the same time also went behind the cloud. The brightness of the core corresponded to about the brightness of Venus. Seen through a thin cloud. The height of the object was maybe about 30 degrees and it descended to about 20 degrees before disappearing, the length of the tail was about 10 degrees. The height and brightness values are drawn from a hat with a mutu feeling, so they may have a throw to the real values.

#raketti: Soyuz 2.1y
#satelliitti: Kosmos 2568

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