Article: "Astronomers, military disagree about fireballs"

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Fri Oct 20 2000 - 00:39:09 PDT

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    According to a follow-up newspaper article yesterday, the US 
    military including North American Air Defense Command are 
    sticking to their claim that the Friday evening, October 13 
    (USA time), fireballs that were visible on a track from Texas 
    to Nebraska were part of a "meteor shower" and definitely not 
    manmade.  The story says that "astronomers" and NASA argue to 
    the contrary that it was certainly a re-entry from the Glonass 
    launch.  Here's a link to the page with the story, which is 
    titled "Astronomers, military disagree about fireballs":
    
    http://web.wichitaeagle.com/content/wichitaeagle/2000/10/19/frontpage/
    
    My page with the date/day-of-year conversion calendars for 
    regular and leap years is at this location:
    
    http://wwwvms.utexas.edu/~ecannon/day-date.htm#leap
    
    I also have a page with time-of-day conversion tables (regular 
    time and decimal fraction of day) in increments of six minutes:
    
    http://wwwvms.utexas.edu/~ecannon/timeofday.htm
    
    Wednesday evening it was clear enough for long enough that I 
    was able to observe some satellites -- after more than two
    weeks!
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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