Re: Decay seen from Chippenham, England

From: Mal Ninnes (meso@iinet.net.au)
Date: Sat Jan 14 2012 - 12:17:26 UTC

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    I'll take a chance on hazarding a guess. How about COSMOS 2176 (21847)?  The
    timing is a little off, but the track (and likelihood of decay) makes more sense,
    doesn't it?
    
    Regards,
    Malcolm
    
    
    
    On Sat Jan 14 22:47 , Björn Gimle sent:
    
        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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