Re: Daytime Meteor or Satellite Debris??

From: Greg Williams (k4hsm@knology.net)
Date: Mon Feb 16 2009 - 12:45:12 UTC

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     From Spaceweather.com:
    
    Astronomer Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office has 
    analyzed the video and confirms "it's a natural meteor, definitely." 
    According to Cooke's analysis, the source of the fireball was a 
    meter-class asteroid traveling at about 20 km/s.
    
    
    
    Ed Cannon wrote:
    > When I watched the video (from the News 8 
    > Austin website), I thought "daylight fireball".  
    > Now I find reports that the FAA has changed 
    > directions, with support from Stratcom or 
    > whatever they're called, and are saying it 
    > was a natural event.  Of course I wish I had
    > seen it!  Anyway, here's a link to the report
    > I mentioned above, followed by some quotes 
    > from the story:
    >
    > http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/People_report_seeing_falling_debris_in_Texas_.html
    >
    >   
    >> On Saturday, the FAA issued a notice for pilots 
    >> to be on the lookout for falling space debris 
    >> until further notice. On Sunday night, that 
    >> notice was removed and being rewritten to 
    >> attribute the concern to a “natural source.”
    >>
    >> Both the U.S. Strategic Command and North 
    >> American Aerospace Defense Command said the 
    >> fireball seen across Central and South Texas 
    >> at 11 a.m. Sunday had nothing to do with the 
    >> remnants of the abandoned Russian satellite 
    >> and a working satellite owned by U.S.-based 
    >> Iridium Satellite LLC. They collided Tuesday.
    >>
    >> STRATCOM has been following the debris field 
    >> from the satellites since it was created and 
    >> said it was nowhere near Texas. NORAD said 
    >> it was not tracking any debris over North 
    >> America at that time.
    >>     
    >
    > I can't find the newer NOTAM cited above but 
    > am not sure where best to look for one.
    >
    > Searching on the cited FAA spokesman's name, 
    > Roland Herwig, I found another story, from AP, 
    > that says:
    >
    >   
    >> "There is no correlation between the debris 
    >> from that collision and those reports of 
    >> re-entry," said Maj. Regina Winchester, with 
    >> STRATCOM.
    >> ...
    >> The chief of Russia's Mission Control says 
    >> clouds of debris from the collision will 
    >> circle Earth for thousands of years and 
    >> threaten numerous satellites. 
    >>     
    >
    > Here's an ugly link to that story:
    >
    > http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hQTZ5P_PZJnI2vqPuEkhBGJzrS1AD96CEQCO0
    >
    > Now just related to the satellite collision,
    > this next story attributes quotes to Vladimir 
    > Solovyov, as the chief of Russian Mission 
    > Control:
    >
    > 'Space crash called "catastrophic," lots of 
    > debris' --
    > http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090213/ap_on_re_eu/eu_satellite_collision
    >
    > Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
    >
    >
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