RE: Possible reentry captured over Chile ?

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Fri May 10 2013 - 17:54:37 UTC


Carlos Bella wrote:

> A satellite/space debris reentry ?
>
> http://www.lanacion.cl/ovnis-o-meteoritos-graban-luces-sobre-cielos-de-temuco/noticias/2013-05-09/223731.html
>
>
> ...or a hoax ?

The brief caption lacks detail, but the video looks realistic. The time and location of the sighting correlates with the
re-entry of object Bell (13016D / 39145).

As I write, USSTRATCOM's latest TIP message, which was issued hours after the fact, reports decay at 2013 May 10 00:58
UTC +/- 7 min, at 40 S, 287 E (73 W).

Temuco, Chile is located near 38.73 S, 72.58 W, which is close to the re-entry ground track. Local time in effect was
UTC-4h; therefore, the reported time of the sighting, May 09 at "about 20:55" local = May 10 00:55 UTC.

Propagating USSTRATCOM's latest TLE (epoch 13129.50367990) using Alan Pickup's Satana/Satevo, yields a TLE that reveals
excellent visibility of the re-entry trajectory from Temuco. Track was SW-NE. Culmination was about 40 deg above the SE
horizon on May 09 near 20:57 local (May 10 00:57 UTC).

It appears to be a match, Carlos. I would be interested in any other reports of the event that you may find.

Ted Molczan


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