Asteroid or satelitte, masked

My first post. I will browse the topics to see if this type of subject is already posted.

It seems too bright to be an asteroid, and since the brightness is masked, I wonder if it a slow and distant man-made satellite. observed 2013-10-08 @ 04:04:

nothing in Small bodies, so not likely to be an asteroid

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I think I’ve seen this feature before. In the single-image cutout you show, it seems to have a strange shape – it’s not a point source. A satellite would either be point-like, or blurred from motion, depending on orbit. This one seems to have a trapezoidal shape. I think it might be a glint in the telescope, perhaps from a nearby star.

Up and to the right you can see a similar blue one.



Thank you, found it.

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