Re: May 5, 2006 object entry over Southern NewMexico and Far West Texas

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Tue Jun 06 2006 - 00:40:00 EDT

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    At 06:00 6/06/06, Thomas Dorman wrote:
    >I am checking with the group to see if anyone can
    >account for a event we had out here in far west Texas
    >U.S.A..The event time was May 5,2006 at 3:44:58UT.
    >Thomas Dorman
    >Horizon City, Texas  
    Thomas, it was a big bright meteor, the short duration
    and the lack of any expected re-entry at the time make that quite definite.
    Anybody who says otherwise has probably been uninformed about the essential details,
    or is ignorant of the difference between meteors and satellite re-entries.
    Nobody is expert in all astronomy, and journalists dont always ask the 
    right sort of astronomer. The media here in Australia far too often attribute 
    bright meteors to re-entries of space junk. In my personal experience
    they also dont always tell the person being interviewed enough information
    for one to make a reasonable decision, either because because they didnt
    ask the eye-witness , or they want to keep it for the story.
    Tony Beresford
    Adelaide, South Australia
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