[FWD] Possible decay observation

Bart De Pontieu (bdp@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de)
Fri, 14 Feb 1997 09:47:33 +0100 (MET)

Just got this through private mail. Please contact Keith at

[I sent this yesterday as well, but I guess it got lost when 
cds crashed]

On Thu, 13 Feb 1997, Keith Hillier wrote:

> February 13, 1997.
> Hello,
> I=m looking for information, or whether someone can put me in touch with
> someone else, who can provide the information, concerning the launch from
> Russia of ASoyuz TM-25", on February 10, 1997.  
> I live in Newfoundland, Canada, and on Monday, Feb. 10, at approximately
> 5:25 PM, NST, (2055 Greenwich Time, ? ), we were driving east to west, when
> we saw an unusual bright spot in the sky, which appeared slightly elongated
> and pointed outward, in a slightly upward position.  While watching this for
> a minute or so, something detached itself from the larger bright spot we
> saw, and fell what appeared to be slowly towards the horizon.  The sun was
> nearly set, at this time, and these objects were near where the sun was
> setting, and appeared very bright.  The object which appeared to detach
> itself, fell and was quite obvious until it diasppeared behind a hill, while
> what appeared to be the larger object, diasppeared into what may have been a
> cloud of smoke or gases, which eventually faded away.
> What I am wondering, is whether we may have seen something related to the
> launch of ASoyuz- TM-25", from  Baykonur, Russia.  Knowing the launch time,
> flight path or direction, and whether the path was over or near
> Newfoundland, Canada, would help determine whether this is what we saw.  
> This sighting was quite a phenominal thing, and I would like to have better
> confirmation of what I think we may have seen.    
> If someone can assist me in determining what we may have seen or can put me
> in touch with someone who may be of help here, would you please e-mail me.
> Thank you,
> Keith G. Hillier