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It sounds like a tumbling satellite and by your description of the different locations in the sky during the second pass, it sounds like you saw the same one over the course of two orbits. Maybe not, though, because it'd (most likely) be 90 mins from one orbit to the next and conditions would have to be just right for the geometry of the Earth/Sun/Satellite ...


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Well, all planets, asteroids, comets and the like are satellites too, satellites of a star: the Sun. The term "moon" is used to define a satellite of a sub-stellar object only. You're right in that moons must have a classification on their own, what kind of satellites (or moons) they are. This is what Dr. Alan Stern, head of the New Horizons Pluto ...


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