SL-12 decay from N.O.?

Joseph A. Dellinger (
Wed, 8 Sep 1999 11:27:58 -0500 (CDT)

	I heard from a friend at work that he also saw a spectacular decay
on Sept 7 from New Orleans, at 4:03AM CDT, dead overhead going South-SouthEast,
leaving a long trail behind it. I would guess this was the same decay observed
from Florida.

	He claims that it was "fat". Is this possible? I could understand
the contrail having some perceptible diameter, but he claims that even the
re-entering object itself had a perceptible diameter to it. Was this an
optical illusion, or what? Or given the angle ("it was headed directly away
from me") was he merely seeing the contrail at a shallow angle?