RE: Falling object startles family

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Mon Mar 17 2003 - 18:07:05 EST

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    Bjorn Gimle wrote,
    > The only object I know, decaying that night, was Iridium 9.
    > At 20:08 UTC-6 it would have passed to far E of Ohio, then 
    > decayed over Brazil?
    The article cited by Ed Cannon does not state the time of the impact, so I
    contacted Ms. Blair, who told me that it occurred at about 12:30 PM EST, which
    puts it on 2003 Mar 10 at about 17:30 UTC.
    OIG reported only one decay on that date, 98012D / 25236, an approx 1 m^2
    piece of debris.
    Based on the object's final orbit:
    1 25236U 98012D   03068.86970743  .22025934  29815-5  20653-3 0  6149
    2 25236  97.6230  25.2017 0008498 167.7800 193.0747 16.51307873279507
    it would not have been co-planar with The Blair's location until about 19:46
    UTC, which is not close to a match. 
    Ms. Blair described the object as about 5 inches round, about 2 inches thick,
    and weighing about 10 lbs. The weight was measured by the police. That equates
    to a density of about 7 g/cm^3, in the ballpark of iron and nickel.
    Ted Molczan
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