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It's -5 (Fahrenheit) outside, and the sky is very clear and very dark.  There's talk of northern lights this weekend, but it will be cloudy by then.  Tonight, though, I saw a fine meteor - moderately slow moving, moderately long trail.  And then a few minutes later I spied a dim satellite almost straight overhead and heading north-ish.

Spaceweather didn't list it, so I had to go to the everything list (Heavens Above).  (Time was, I could do some of that math myself....)

Based on time and location, it was either a Russian Meteor PRIRODA satellite, an Indian PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket booster, or any of a number of Cosmos rockets.  In other words, best odds are that it was a piece of space junk.

Tracking at n2yo.com shows that an hour later the PLSV is already over Antarctica, halfway between Africa and South America.  That stuff can really relatively move.

Hey, I have a smartphone now:  I can get the spaceweather flybys app.  I might like that even more than the bubble level app.

No more space-shuttle-docked-with-ISS flybys anymore, though; those were binocular-worthy.

If I ever get warmed back up, then I'll head outside for a second look at tonight's sky, before the clouds move in.  Snow tomorrow - 3-5".  Like kids at school, everyone at work wants a snow day, or at least a work-from-home day.

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