A possible re-entry observation

Dr.Brian Hunter (bkh@chem.QueensU.CA)
Thu, 4 Apr 1996 21:54:17 -0500 (EST)

I observed what I believe was an object re-entering the atmosphere at 
01:55:45 UTC April 4, 1996.  From my location, 44.25N 76.5W, the object was 
north bound and burned out at about 01:55:55 near epsilon Ursa Major.  I 
have a several reasons to suspect a satellite re-entry rather than a 
meteor.

- it was slower than the vast majority of meteors I have observed
- it was very red compared to most meteors
- many small fragments broke off and it left a long trail of reddish debris
  it was more like a holiday firework than any meteor I've seen.
- the track appeared to be consistent with a close to 90 degree inclination

Anyone have any idea what it might have been?

Brian K. Hunter                           bkh@chem.queensu.ca
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