meteor/re-entry report

Walter Nissen (dk058@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 11:02:18 -0500

A re-entry??



>Date: Mon Jan 23 13:02:00 1995
>From: (Dunham, David W)
>Subject: Meteor seen from Laurel, MD

>>Date: Sun, 22 Jan 1995 18:16:23 -0500
>>From: Steve Stalos/Oliver Industries <>

>>                                Sunday, January 22, 1995

>>Hi ! Would you do me a favor and forward this to the Center
>>for Short-Lived phenomena or Brian Marsden or Iota or whoever
>>it is a good citizen reports seeing a meteor to ?

>>At 5:31 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22, 1995, I was running westward
>>on Stephens Road between Gorman Road and Whisky Bottom Road
>>in Howard County, Maryland, north of the city of Laurel.
>>The Sun was setting, but the sky above the trees to my left
>>was light blue when my attention was caught by a bright green
>>light to my left, low in the sky moving to the West-Northwest.
>>At first I thought it was an airplane, but within a second I saw
>>a pale white vapor trail stretching about half a degree behind
>>it. It was moving fast.  When I first saw the light it was
>>a sharp, pointlike light.  Within a second it had started to become
>>a line. As the line lengthened to maybe one or two degrees, the
>>greenish color became a lighter shade of green, but the light
>>became much more intense. As the "head" completely disappeared
>>into the green line, I thought I saw what looked like, not fragments,
>>but mirage-like shapes shimmering hot fragments might cause, in the blue
>>sky just in front of the green line of light as it died out.  This
>>might have been an illusion caused by my mind tryng to carry the
>>momentum of the meteor forward.  The length of time I saw the
>>meteor was about five seconds.  It traveled from about sixty
>>degrees to my left to about 30 degrees to my left, at a low elevation,
>>maybe 30 degrees.  Just as it died out I was spontaneously pointing
>>to it as I ran when a van came up beside me.  The driver rolled
>>down his window and asked, "Did you see that ?"  I said yes. He
>>asked what it was and I told him a meteor.  He said he had never
>>seen a green one before and that it was impressive.

>>Thanks !