Decay or meteor?

John C. Broman, Jr. (
Mon, 18 Jan 1999 22:47:30 +0000

Being still quite a beginner in all this, I'd like some help and/or advice
on a sighting tonight.

At about 6:17PM tonight (1/18/99) I saw either a satellite decay or a
meteorite.  The particulars are as follows:

My location: about 20 west of Washington DC
Sighting direction: due west
Path: straight down, from about 30 above the horizon to about 10 degrees above
Color: white with blueish/greening tint

There was no debris left trailing behind, and the continuous "tail" seemed
at least several degrees long.

Any ideas?


John Broman