Possible re-entry observation

From: Dwayne Crow (deathb4aol@attbi.com)
Date: Sun Mar 10 2002 - 14:22:15 EST

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    On Monday March 4, 2002 my wife observed what sounds to me like a possible
    satellite reentry and I'm hoping some of you might have the expertise to
    help us determine what it was she saw.
    
    Observation occurred in Plano, Texas.  She was driving west at 6:35 pm local
    time (00:35 UTC which would be 03/05/2002).  The sun had just set below the
    horizon and she was admiring the pink color in the western sky when she
    noticed 8 fireballs in the sky.  From her description, they were spread in
    an irregular pattern over an area with about a 10 degree diameter, with the
    lowest one about 25 degrees over the western horizon.  Each of the objects
    looked like a long, streaming fireball, and one of them had a dark-colored
    smoke trail.  She pulled over to watch them and estimates that they were
    visible for about 5 minutes, all disappearing at about the same time.  She
    said they were moving extremely slowly, almost imperceptibly from left to
    right (northerly).   I occasionally drag her out of the house to see the ISS
    or something, so she's familiar with the speed that you normally see visible
    satellites moving, and she was amazed at how slow these objects were.  I
    asked her how far they moved from left to right during the entire 5 minutes,
    and she couldn't say, it was such a small amount.
    
    First question:  Does this sound like a satellite re-entry?
    
    OIG's "Query decay by date" returned one object for March 4 and four on
    March 5.    Can anyone refer me to some software that would let me plug in
    the tle's for these 5 objects to see if any of them coincide with the
    time/location of the observation?  Or, if you already have the expertise or
    software to do it for me, here's what I've got to go on:
    
    Observation time & location:  3/5/2002 00:35 UTC at 33.0248, -96.7810
    (Plano, Texas, USA).
    
    OIG Decay date query:
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    From: 2002/03/04
    Through: 2002/03/05
    
    IntID/Name   CatNo Source period   Incl Apogee Perigee      RCS
    ------------ ----- ------ ------ ------ ------ ------- --------
    
    2001-049EB   27183 IND      90.2   97.6    313     257   0.1376
    PSLV DEB                  Launched (2001/10/22) Decayed [2002/03/04]
    
    1994-029LR   24242 US       91.0   81.8    350     297   0.1110
    PEGASUS DEB               Launched (1994/05/19) Decayed [2002/03/05]
    
    1968-055G    26673 US       97.2  120.5    818     433   0.0009
    DELTA 1 DEB               Launched (1968/07/04) Decayed [2002/03/05]
    
    2001-049JQ   27292 IND      91.9   97.8    385     351   0.0425
    PSLV DEB                  Launched (2001/10/22) Decayed [2002/03/05]
    
    2001-049KQ   27318 IND      92.3   97.7    410     366   0.0207
    PSLV DEB                  Launched (2001/10/22) Decayed [2002/03/05]
    
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    TLE's for these 5 objects from SatEvo:
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    TES PSLV deb EB                                  313 x 257 km
    1 27183U 01049EB  02062.21926880  .03892386  19578-1  10493-1 0   697
    2 27183  97.6420 142.8883 0042144 112.9570 246.6733 15.96158413 10493
    
    
    Pegasus deb LR                                   227 x 216 km
    1 24242U 94029LR  02064.07434174  .69872908 -14431-5  38703-1 0  5604
    2 24242  81.7491  16.6972 0008482  35.8436 322.2340 16.19402941299821
    
    Explr 38 deb G                                   363 x 306 km
    1 26673U 68055G   02063.76855728  .44800640  00000-0  16121+0 0  1546
    2 26673 120.4313 127.5062 0042419 194.2203 165.7338 15.78728765139208
    
    TES PSLV deb JQ                                  385 x 351 km
    1 27292U 01049JQ  02062.20502223  .04783272  00000-0  37467-1 0   499
    2 27292  97.8211 141.2484 0025196 200.1073 159.9196 15.66829109  8029
    
    TES PSLV deb KQ                                  358 x 333 km
    1 27318U 01049KQ  02062.74221647  .04671390  00000-0  26637-1 0   512
    2 27318  97.7284 141.6485 0018107 205.5815 154.1440 15.74774535 61499
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    I appreciate any responses/information anyone can provide...
    
    Thanks,
    Dwayne Crow
    
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