RE: [OT] Need help in identifying a comet like object

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Date: Tue Feb 12 2013 - 21:34:27 UTC

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    An Ariane 5 was launched on 7-Feb 21:36 UT.  If you are at UT+5:30 that
    translates to 8-Feb 3:06.
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    [] On Behalf Of
    Sankaranarayanan K V
    Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:14 PM
    Subject: [OT] Need help in identifying a comet like object
    Perhaps my question is off-topic for this list - but I thought I will
    anyway since it might have something to do with ISS.
    On February 8th early morning I saw a comet like object (fuzzy white
    with a
    tail) from about 3:30 am to 5:30 am Indian Standard Time (February 7th
    pm UTC onwards) from Coorg - a southern Indian town. It was quite bright
    and it first appeared somewhere in Centaurus in the southern sky. It
    very quickly through Lupus, Scorpius, and Serpens in a span of about 2
    hours while its brightness reduced rapidly. One could see its movement
    the binocular FoV.
    Now, how do I figure out what the object could be?
    Could this have been be a liquid waste dump from the ISS? Is there any
    to confirm this?
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