FW: Meteor or satellite re-entry?

From: Chris Peat (chris.peat@heavens-above.com)
Date: Tue Dec 10 2002 - 02:24:14 EST

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    Hi all,
    Does anyone have any ideas on this sighting ?
    Chris Peat, Heavens-Above GmbH
    E-mail: chris.peat@heavens-above.com
    WWW: www.heavens-above.com
    -----Original Message-----
    From: OZPARFITT@aol.com [mailto:OZPARFITT@aol.com] 
    Sent: 09 December 2002 18:16
    To: Chris.Peat@heavens-above.com
    Subject: Meteor or satellite re-entry?
          On Dec 04 at 19:16 (late for an ISS sighting !! ) and viewing from
    Gloucestershire, UK I saw what I presume to have been a massive meteor. 
    The meteor appeared directly overhead and disappeared behind a nearby
    hill, the trajectory stradling at least 70 degs.  The head was about as
    wide as the diameter of the moon and fluctuated in size 4-5 times.  It
    was white in the core and surrounded by orange and bluey-green plasma.
    Just before it disappeared it gave off a shower of sparks.  It was at
    least an order bigger than anything else I'd seen before (it was NOT a
    firework ! ).  It's trajectory was from NNE to SSW.  Could it have been
    a satellite burning up?  Did anyone else report it? 
                         Ozzie Parfitt
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