Re: Decay observed???

From: tlj18@juno.com
Date: Thu Jun 22 2000 - 22:33:59 PDT

  • Next message: Franz Strambach: "Re: Decay observed???"

    > SECONDS LATER I REALIZED: "WOW!!! THIS COULD BE A REENTERING
    > 
    > SATELLITE!!!!!" And just at this moment the object broke into to
    > 
    > brighter parts and one dimmer part and started falling down. In this
    > 
    > moment it lost it's brightness and I was no longer able to see it.
    
    Congratulations on your observation!  Two questions:
    
    What was the approximate magnitude of the object?
    
    And,
    
    For how many seconds was the object visible?
    
    > I don't think this was a bolide "fireball" (4 reasons):
    > 
    > 1. Object was travelling at orbital speed (7-9 km/s)
    
    Yes, most meteors usually just zip across the sky and rarely last longer
    than a second.
     
    > 3. inclination of object-orbit was estimated 75-105 degrees
    > 
    > (object was travelling from north to south)
    
    This means nothing, in whether or not it was a meteor.
     
    > I hope my above observations can help to identify this object. I 
    > hope
    > 
    > this was an decay. It would be the first observation of a
    > 
    > satellite-reentry in my life.
    
    A very rare event indeed!
     
    
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