Nov. 16, 1998 re entry (fwd)

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Date: Thu Jun 08 2000 - 11:22:18 PDT

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    Hi all,
    Please include her in your replies.
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    Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 12:47:01 -0400
    From: Linda Jacobson <>
    Subject: Nov. 16, 1998 re entry
    Hello Sirs/
    I have been through the See Sat-L Archives for a reentry that occurred
    on Nov 16, 1998.  The reentry was visible and filmed from Punta Gorda
    Florida.  The only reentry mention I can find in the archives for that
    date is this:
    >fireball or reentry ... ?
    >Hi, I went out to look at an Iridium flare (which hapened on time). >Just
    >before that, at 18:31 local time 11/16 = 11/17 02:21 UT, I saw a nice
    >fireball. It moved from approximately E elevation 25 degrees to
    >approximately N elevation 45 degrees in ~1-2 s. Silent, blue-white,
    >shedding a lot of reddish particles with 1 larger reddish particle
    >~mid-track. Magnitude perhaps -6 as referenced to the -4 flare a few
    >minutes later.
    >Not expecting any reentries are we?
    >Best, Mark
    >lat 33.712 long -117.837 altitude 34 m
    You may want to have a look at the video footage.  
    It's at:
    I would appreciate your assistance in a determination of what 
    this was.  It was apparently quite large. Someone from NORAD allegedly
    made a pronunciation it "was not manmade" whatever that means haha  
    Bruce Buckingham, a spokesman for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in
    1998 said "There's no way it was a rocket"  There have been wilder
    theories bandied about I'm not even going to mention.
    If you can link this to a re entry visible from SW Florida or refer me
    to other sites I would appreciate it.  You may post my inquiry to the
    See Sat-L list and supply my e-mail address:
    I am assisting the videographer in hopefully ending this mystery.
    Thank you all again!
    Linda Jacobson
    Astronomy Educator
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