Daytime re-entry?

From: Bill (
Date: Tue Aug 04 2009 - 18:32:24 UTC

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    Hi all,
    I'm back with a new observation (I saw and reported my first two decays back in 2004).  I think I saw a daytime re-entry Saturday August 1, 2009 near Binghamton, NY as my son and I were riding our motorcycle.
    Here is a copy/past from my notes:
    Saturday August 1, 2009 my son and I were riding on my motorcycle from the Baseball HOF to our Motel, heading south on Rt. 28 which runs from Cooperstown to Interstate 88.  It was shortly after sunset around 8:30-8:45pm (0045 Sunday August 2, 2009 UTC) and as we were riding along I was scanning the beautiful open countryside (to my left) as typical on the bike trips that we take, when I noticed something in the sky streaking across near but lower than the moon, looked like it was heading in a south direction, same as us, but could have been heading a bit away from us which is more likely and therefore heading southeast.  It was breaking apart into many fragments, with 2 or 3 main large fragments.  They all began a slight downward drift as they broke apart, naturally, following the laws of gravity.  Immediately I pointed and all I could muster was "THERE!!!" to my son who immediately said "I SEE IT!!!".  He HAD to have been looking the same direction
     already because the whole event was over in about 3 seconds and we talked about it on the intercomms after the event, but while still riding.
    For a meteor it would have been travelling at turtle speed, so I tend to think it was space junk.  I will have to do some digging to see if any decays were predicted.  It really resembled the two satellite/rocket bodies I've seen decay at night, but like I said, it was only three seconds compared to a whole sky event, but that could have easily been because it was almost full-on bright daytime sky.
    If anyone has any info I would love to hear more about this event, so far I'm finding nothing.  We were south of Cooperstown NY heading toward Binghamton but still an hour from there.  Coordinates for roughly where we were are: 42.60241 N, -74.9256 W, we were roughly near Milford, NY.
    < end of report>
    I apologize if there's too much irrelevant information in there, but it really was a memorable event.
    We did not see it intact, it was already in the process of breaking apart which drew my sight to it (I was looking at the serene open field very relaxed just prior) otherwise we may not have noticed it, although I am always looking up, but it wasn't dark yet.  I'm sorry I don't have any star reference points, it was still daytime and we were in unfamiliar territory to boot.  The event was lower than the moon and heading toward the moon but faded before reaching the moon.
    I would love to hear if anyone knows of any re-entries in the area that I could possibly match this up with one.
    Thank you very much,
    Clear skies,
    Bill Mitchell
    Erie, PA
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