RE: possible decay over NZ?

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Sat Sep 10 2005 - 16:31:22 EDT

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    Stephan Szyman wrote:
    > I was looking at this article which i found on  I checked 
    > for iridium flares and have ruled them out for the times given by the 
    > witnesses.
    > any ideas?
    > the article from "hawke's bay today:"
    <<<< Space junk could have lit up sky
    The bright light seen in the sky over Hawke's Bay on Wednesday night may have
    been space junk.
    Susan Martin from Esk Valley was at Aropaoanui when she saw what looked like a
    distress flare between 6.30 and 6.45pm. A woman from her work told her she had
    heard on the radio that NASA had brought down some space junk over the Pacific
    Ocean. >>>>
    The time of the event was 2005 Sep 07 near 18:30 NZST = Sep 07, 06:30 UTC. Space
    Track does not list any natural decays that day. Progress M-53 (05021A / 28700)
    was de-orbited that day, but remained docked to ISS until 10:23 UTC, which rules
    it out. So a satellite decay is an unlikely explanation.
    Ted Molczan
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