puzzling sighting from India

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Sat Nov 17 2007 - 07:13:11 UTC

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    On the Yahoo Comet Chasing group a group of amateur 
    comet observers from Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat, India 
    (Lat. 23:18 N, Lon: 069:42 E) reported a second 
    magnitude object that on 15 November moved from 
    Puppis to Corvus from 4:00 to 6:10 AM IST (which I 
    believe works out to 22:30 Nov 14 to 0:40 Nov 15 
    UTC, as Heavens-Above.com says their time zone is 
    GMT +5:30).  I thought of the Ariane launch, but 
    the far southern location of Puppis, around 
    declination -40, seems puzzling.  I suppose that 
    it could have been seen during the ascent to 
    geostationary height.  They said that its tail 
    spread out "like waves".  They saw it with and 
    without binoculars as well as with a telescope.
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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