RE: Fireball or re-entry?

Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@saic.com)
Tue, 16 Nov 1999 16:31:15 -0800

Hi Darwin,

> At 7:05 pm eastern, I saw a VERY bright fireball of some
> sort pass from west to east. I estimate when I first saw it, it was about
> 40 degrees up in the northwest (I was looking for MIR). It passed due
north
> of me at about 30 degrees and "set" in the northeast. It was EXTREMELY
> bright, fluctuated in brightness and had a very bright and long tail. ...
> Was this a Leonid or a satellite decay?

Probably neither.  Unless the object was visible for more than
30 seconds, it was a meteor.  It couldn't have been a Leonid,
however -- the radiant doesn't rise until well after midnight.
Sounds like you had a nice fireball though!  --Rob

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