Opportunity to see USA 193 from Weather Satellites?

From: Jeff Umbarger (jumbarger2000@yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Feb 20 2008 - 06:17:02 UTC

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    Hey All,
         I've used this to see the shuttle launch if some
    of you remember back few months ago. There may be a
    very slight chance (READ: unlikely!) to see the launch
    trail of the missile or maybe even the impact from the
    GOES 11 geostationary weather satellite that will be
    taking an image at 3:30 UT each day (as well at other
    times). At around 4:00 UT Feb 21 (6pm Feb 20 Hawaii
    time) I would go to:
    and click on "Visible" or "Infrared (Color)" on the
    left side of the page and then on the "Large Size"
    button on the top of the page and then finally on the
    icon for Hawaii ("HI") on the map. This will bring up
    a large current weather image of Hawaii. The Visible
    image will be darker than usual with the sun setting
    but the infrared might show a streak. According to the
    NOTAM PDF that Ted made, the streak should be across
    the extreme upper left corner. You can also set
    parameters on this page to go through image loops if
    you miss the update time (left hand side). There also
    are some additional links on this page to view larger
    weather images but lower resolution.
         Also, at 3:45 UT GOES 12 will take a very large
    infrared image of North America - might be an
    opportunity to see heated debris entering the
    atmosphere over Canada. Go to this same page at around
    4:05 UT and click on the "Infrared (Color)" button and
    then click on the "Large Size" button and then click
    on the "Contiguous U.S." link at the top of the map.
    No guarantees here - just a chance!
              Jeff Umbarger
              Plano, TX USA
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