FW: Forced reentry of Cosmos 2495

From: Björn Gimle via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 22:54:48 +0200
Rob Matson sent me the following info, of which I was not aware otherwise:

...I do occasionally check the archives to see if interesting events that
I’m aware of have been brought up there. I was VERY surprised to see that
no one has mentioned the spectacular administrative decay of Cosmos 2495
three nights ago over Colorado and Wyoming!
It was witnessed by hundreds of people and the debris cloud is very
impressive on Doppler radar (a snapshot of which I’ve attached). That
drifting debris cloud is visible for over half an hour in radar images from
Denver and Cheyenne. A little surprising to me that the Russians would
command destructive reentry to occur over land rather than ocean –
especially over CONUS – when some pieces of the 6.7-ton satellite will
likely survive to the ground.
The reentry occurred at around 10:30 *pm* local time Sep.2, so not a daytime
reentry.  Feel free to post my comments to SeeSat with my name.
I'll be a little surprised if there wasn't at least one list member who
witnessed it.

[Image is about 500kB]
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