Possible satellite reentry?

From: Daniel Gonsior via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sun, 11 May 2014 13:19:24 -0400
Hello. I have been observing satellites for several months now, but this is
the first time I've seen something that I wanted to ask about. I was a
little excited at the time, so my observations are probably not very

At about 01:49 UTC on May 11, 2014, I spotted a rather bright object with
an altitude between 40 and 60 degrees and an azimuth around 340 degrees
moving at a normal speed for a satellite. Its magnitude was at least -2 and
it was varying in brightness a little so I thought it might be the ISS
passing above some clouds. However, when I looked at the object with my
binoculars, it appeared as a large (maybe 2 arcminute) white circle
surrounded by a very circular ring of fire with a similar width. The object
passed to the east of the zenith and went down in the southeast. It
appeared to flicker, and it may have stopped glowing after passing behind a
tree, but the leaves made it hard to tell. There were no other objects
nearby, and it left no trail.

Is there anyway to tell what this object was? And, if so, how would I go
about finding out? My location is 42.34 N 83.38 W. There are a couple
airports nearby, but I've never seen a plane look anything like this.
Thanks for your help.
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