Caribbean Fireball, a reentry ?

From: Carlos Bella via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:03:07 -0200
On the same day that the Falcon 9 reentered over South America, another
fireball was recorded by the cameras of the Astronomical Society on Puerto
Rico, Caribbean.

The fireball is slow and lasted 44 seconds, the trail seemed somewhat
"smoky" unlike a fireball of natural origin. It could be a re-entry?

The report:

The Astronomical Society of the Caribbean captured images of an impressive
and slow meteor visible from Puerto Rico on the early hours of Sunday,
December 28, 2014. The biggest Astronomical Society on Puerto Rico and the
Caribbean had reports confirming the meteor was visible from all the
Island.
  There is an investigation about the possibility of space junk being
related, because a Proton-M Russian rocket was launched carrying the
Astra-2G communications satellite on December 27. Because the meteor was
seen for 44 seconds, it is possible that the rocket body reentered Earth's
atmosphere over Puerto Rico's skies.
  However, it can be a small asteroid and the incident was reported to
NASA's Ames Research Center in California for further investigation.
  The *meteor duration was 44 seconds* ! and the video shows the meteor in
normal (actual) speed.

more in:
-
http://www.sociedadastronomia.com/avistan-impresionante-meteoro-en-puerto-rico-duro-44-segundos/
-
http://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com.br/2014/12/puerto-rico-slow-moving-huge-meteor.html

Captures videos compilation:
-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaMPBplzwzc


Carlos Bella
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