Re: Decay seen from Chippenham, England

From: Marco Langbroek (
Date: Sat Jan 14 2012 - 15:29:00 UTC

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    Op 14-1-2012 16:18, George Roberts schreef:
    > But if it was as slow moving as the description sounds then it seems it had
    > been orbiting earth just before entry (whether it was a rock or space junk).
    Not neccesarily. Slow meteors start at 11.8 km/s and are slow enough that they 
    can be confused with a fast low-latitude satellite (note that the report says it 
    was somewhat *faster* than the ISS).
    Information which would be more to the point here, would be the *duration* of 
    the event. If it was a few seconds at best, then it was a meteor. If it was in 
    the order of a minute or more, than it was man-made.
    There was a spade of low-velocity meteoric fireballs photographed and video-ed 
    the past nights from the Netherlands and the UK. Maybe this was one of them.
    - Marco
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