Re: Re-entry Over D.C. Area

From: Tony Beresford (dberesford@adam.com.au)
Date: Fri Aug 20 2004 - 00:58:34 EDT

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    At 14:04 20/08/04, Keith Stein wrote:
    >Hello all,
    >
    >Saw the reentry of something tonight. Don't think it was a fireball/meter. May have been a rocket body or satellite.
    >
    >Object streaked across the sky dimming and coming back several times. Very long smoke trail.
    >
    >Reentry happened about 10:05 p.m. EDT (Thursday, Aug. 19), heading east to west, about 90 degrees azimuth, straight overhead. Very cool.
    >
    >If anyone can help I.D. this object, let me know.
    >
    >I'm in Leesburg, Va., about 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.
    
    East to West at your latitude implies a retrograde inclination near 40 degrees Keith. None of the small 
    number of objects in orbits like that is due to decay.
    Also the Decay report on OIG doesnt list any current predicted decay,
    and neither does Alan Pickup decay page 
    at http://www.wingar.demon.co.uk/satevo/dkwatch/
    Better report is as a fireball.
    Tony Beresford
    
    
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