Re: what did I see??

From: Tony Beresford (aberesford@iprimus.com.au)
Date: Wed Aug 29 2001 - 23:59:20 PDT

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    At 12:15 30/08/01 , Greg Kail wrote:
    >Hi List
    >Had a great night in spite of the Moon-shine. Lots of
    >bright passes. But at approx 21:39 EST. saw something
    >that looked as fast as a meteor but had no trail and
    >flashed Brilliantly with a white blue color vanishing
    >approximately overhead. Was this something decaying or
    >a strange meteor.... It flashed brighter that anything
    >I have seen in the night sky. 
    >
    >=====
    >73's
    A "strange" meteor Greg. The flash was just a terminal burst.
    A decaying satellite cannot be as 
    fast as the average meteor. Decaying satellites all have
    same low velocity as they are essentially in 100-120Km circular
    orbits ( which means speed is 8.1 kilometers/second or thereabouts.
    Tony Beresford
    34.96S, 138.6E
    
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