RE: Satellite or Meteor?

Ted Molczan (molczan@fox.nstn.ca)
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 00:22:20 -0500

Rob Miller wrote:

>Friends:  I was driving home tonight and saw something bright plunge
>down through the sky.  I am located in east-central Iowa at about 41.7
>and 91.6.  The time was about 8:07 pm Central time.  

>Did I see the Soyuz?  Thanks.

No, the satellite would have passed about 1 hour
earlier, and no more than about 1 deg above your
NW horizon. Your description suggests a meteor,
because it seems to have been a very fast event,
whereas satellite decays may be visible for several
minutes.

Clear skies!
Ted Molczan