Re-entry observed?

Bart De Pontieu (BDP@MPE.MPE-GARCHING.MPG.DE)
Mon, 23 Jan 1995 18:03:16 +0100 (CET)

Forwarded for Neil Clifford :

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Here's the article - sci.astro actually. Trying to think of
possibilities - has the Molniya re-entered yet, or maybe I recall that
some Tiros 10 debris is expected to meet its end around now?

|>Newsgroups: sci.astro
|>Subject: 1/19 12:05 AM Possible burning sattelite over Carmel
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|>From: folsomman@aol.com (FolsomMan)
|>Date: 19 Jan 1995 16:40:12 -0500
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|>At about 12:05 this morning, I saw an object in the sky coming from just
|>above the horizon about due south and traveling at about satellite speed
|>(if it was that high) toward the north-northwest.  It started out with a
|>long glowing and sparkling tail which slowly diminished as it traversed
|>about a quarter of the sky, then there was a burst of light and a smaller
|>light source continuing on the original heading.  It continually declined
|>thereafter and then faded to a tiny red light which disappeared after
|>passing the zenith.  There appeared to be a faint smoke trail visible in
|>the moonlight after its passing.  I saw no sensible loss of altitude: in
|>fact, it seemed higher where it disappeared than where it started but
|>that's probably an illusion since it went from huge to tiny between the
|>horizon and the area of the zenith.  It did seem to slow over its visible
|>trajectory but that  might be an illusion as well, since it took on the
|>order of a minute.
|>
|>Does anybody have information that might shed light on the nature of this
|>object?
|>
|>Mark

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