RE: Possible re-entry?

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Thu Jun 03 2004 - 11:58:28 EDT

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    Russell Eberst wrote:
    > I note that CNN are reporting "Bright flashes and sharp booms were reported in
    the skies 
    > over the Puget Sound area early Thursday (3 June), and experts said a meteor
    or falling 
    > "space junk" may have been the source.
    Based upon descriptions in the media and elsewhere, this was a meteor. No
    satellites were due to decay. 
    The event was very dramatic. Too bad it occurred when most folks were in bed. I
    have appended a couple of reports.
    Ted Molczan
    "A man from northwest Montana described it "like a transformer blowin' up." 
    "I heard the rumble, and then I felt the whole house shake, and I thought, 'Oh,
    an earthquake, huh?'" said a caller from the Seattle area. 
    A trucker in British Columbia, 550 miles north of Seattle, said he saw "a flash
    of light. It just lit up the mountain ridges, and the first thing I thought of
    was al Qaeda." 
    "I saw this flash of light, and then I heard a pop-pop-pop and then the house
    kind of creaked - it was bizarre. It was kind of scary," said another
    Seattle-area woman calling the radio station."
    Here is USENET report on sci.astro.amateur:
    From: "Martin R. Howell" <>
    Subject: Meteor !!!
    Date: June 3, 2004 10:06 AM
    Time:  Approximately 2:42 a.m. PDST
    Location:  3 miles south of downtown Seattle, Washington
    Sky:  Clear
    I was outside at work very early this morning when suddenly the terrain
    began to glow, getting increasingly brighter over the course of perhaps 2 to
    3 seconds.  Everything was soon bathed in a turquoise blue luminance.  I
    looked up to a sky which had become brighter than late dawn.  It too
    possessed a beautiful turquoise hue.  Almost immediately after gazing
    skyward, I spotted a meteor's trail approximately 30 degrees off the
    northeast horizon which etched a broken path roughly parallel to, yet
    displaced about 20 degrees to the east of, the meridian.  It appeared as a
    sharp and thin line which was "smoking" on both sides for a total width of
    somewhat less than 1/2 of a degree.
    The whole occurrence lasted somewhere around 10 seconds and was one of the
    most incredible astro events I have ever witnessed.
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