(Originally Published '04 Updated '11
NOSS is a group of satellites that travel as a group of three in orbit around the Earth and sighting of this trio has given rise to many UFO reports in the UK. On 25 October, 1999, the British Astronomical Association offered a brief description of NOSS:
A couple of summers ago, meteor observers certainly became familiar with the NOSS trio of satellites, which were in an equilateral pattern. Onboard sensors apparently allowed researchers to measure precise distances between these, and how they were affected by gravitational perturbations over time. The NOSS satellites were also comparatively faint - visual magnification +3 or thereabouts.
First Appearance in a Newspaper
On 1 September, 1996, the Toronto Star newspaper in Canada wrote an unusual account of the annual Perseid meteor shower. During the nights of the 8-10 August of that year a set of three 'unblinking' lights appeared in a triangular formation and proceeded to 'cruise across the star fields.' These lights had never been seen before and were described as being fainter than the constellation of Ursa Major.
What the Experts Say
Ted Molczan, a satellite orbit expert based in Toronto, had uncovered that the three lights were the project civilian observers call NOSS. He also revealed that there was not just one set of satellites travelling around the Earth but three. The US Navy gave these satellites the code name Parcae, after the three daughters of Zeus; they were a part of the US Navy's space borne electronic intelligence system (ELINT). NOSS was the name given to these satellites by non-military satellite specialists and stood for Naval Ocean Surveillance System. Until 1996, however, the US Government had denied all knowledge of these satellites ever existing. . . .
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