Re: Big Flare in New York

From: Tony Beresford (aberesford@iprimus.com.au)
Date: Sat Sep 02 2000 - 01:46:43 PDT

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    At 16:52 2/09/00 , rfs1@cornell.edu wrote:
    >I apologize in advance if this message is off topic, but I just saw
    >something really cool and I couldn't find anyone else on the 'net to ask,
    >so you kind people get a neophyte's question:
    Its certainly not off topic Rob.
    Its just that no polar satellites were due to decay today. All the possible
    decayers were in orbits which would not have direction of motion of 360 degrees
    from your latititude, or they had decayed well before 0520ut.
    This suggests what you saw was a horizontal travelling meteor, or an
    atmospheric grazer meteoroid (like the August 1972 event). I commend
    your level of detail in your report.
    Tony Beresford
    
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