Re: Decay seen from Chippenham, England

From: Björn Gimle (bjorn.gimle@gmail.com)
Date: Sat Jan 14 2012 - 11:47:41 UTC

  • Next message: Mal Ninnes: "Re: Decay seen from Chippenham, England"

    Not really - decay expected Sunday.
    Grunt passed at about 40 deg elevation around 21:13 UTC
    Maybe a piece (solar panel) broke away ?
    
    2012/1/14 Bruce MacDonald <stationerytraffic@gmail.com>
    
    > Hello list, long time, no post!
    >
    > My friend Andy Burns in Chippenham, England (lat. 51.460° N, long. 2.122° W
    > according to Heavens Above) has sent me this decay report for 20:55 UTC on
    > Friday 13 January 2012:
    >
    > >Although not due to be seen tonight, at 8:55 something come in to the
    > atmosphere and broke up in a shower of particles. Basic west to east
    > transit.
    >
    > >Mag -2 at start, up to nine parts at end. Slightly faster than ISS,
    > started 35degrees up in South West went all across Southern sky max
    > altitude 60degrees when due South then began to >break up, into two, then 3
    > then nine. Leaving trail.
    >
    > >Could it have been reentry of Grunt???
    >
    > >Did anyone else catch this.
    >
    >
    > Did anyone on this list in NW Europe see a decay at around this time?  This
    > is a report from a credible witness (Andy is the chairman of the Wiltshire
    > Astronomical Society).
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Bruce
    > Devizes, England
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