Re: Decay watch: 2000 May 13

From: tlj18@juno.com
Date: Fri May 26 2000 - 23:17:17 PDT

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    On Mon, 22 May 2000 23:41:36 -0600 Ron Lee <ronlee@pcisys.net> writes:
    > 
    > >How small can a satellite be and be observed with binoculars during
    > >burnup in the Earth's atmosphere?
    > 
    > When you consider most visible (naked-eye) meteors are perhaps 
    > just grains of sand, I ASSUME that just about any debris would
    > be visible.
    
    Interesting!!  Just wondering..... could some (many?) of the meteors that
    we see in the nighttime sky be actually tiny pieces of space debris?  I
    heard that a meteor, the size of a grain of sand, when it is burnt in the
    Earth's atmosphere, released 5,500 watts of energy.
    
    Anyone know if an increase of meteor density, no matter how subtle, has
    occured with the accumulation of objects in orbit?
    
    Jonathan Wojack; tlj18@juno.com
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