This renders the whole story below incorrect and hence moot.
Luckily, Russell Eberst did observe the real USA 161 last night (June 1) and his observations fit with Leo's observations from May 23. More in a new post later. (this new post is up now here)
- STOP PRESS - (31 May 2014, 19:00 UT). Okay. Cees Bassa thinks last night's object is not USA 161. See here. So read the story below with caution: the jury is still out on all this.
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But please be advised: until now, I was wrong each time I thought I could make sense of it....