SPACEX ESCAPE BURN

From: PAUL MALEY via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2018 05:13:32 +0000 (UTC)
I was in the field when I first sent an email and was simultaneously working on a minor planet occultation when I unexpectedly saw the object. I was actually sitting in my car with no glasses on and saw what appeared to be an out of focus Moon through the windshield. I jumped out, put on my glasses, and immediately recognized the sight since I have seen venting before, but not in perhaps 15 years. The core was about 2nd magnitude in the west and was distended with two wings (one above and one below) in a short cone shape.  As the object moved, I was so shocked I failed to grab a camcorder and instead used an IPhone to attempt poor images. 
Because I receive just one SEESAT concatenated set of messages per day, I did not see any of the predictions about southern USA visibility until moments after I sent the email. That is when the single SEESAT email arrived. By then it was too late.  The object rose to about 1st magnitude then expanded into standard classic "fuzzy contrails" on either side about 10 degrees in length. All of this became diffuse into one large cloud which faded out. The whole thing took about 8 or 9 minutes. I first caught sight of it at 0226UT Feb 7 and lost it at around 0236UT. 
Paul Paul D. Maley email: pdmaley_at_yahoo.com
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