Re: Rocket stage observed on Nov 11, 17h43 UT, over Southern France

From: Karl Antier via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:34:43 +0100
Thanks a lot to all for your answers!
It looks indeed that it was the deorbit burn of the last stage of Facon
9 rocket, all elements (orbits and time) fits the observations.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/11/11/falcon-9-starlink-1-mission-status-center-2/
"/The Falcon 9 rocket accomplished a deorbit burn shortly before 11:45
a.m. EST (1645 GMT) to target a destructive re-entry over the Indian
Ocean./"

Pictures and information in French, available here:
https://www.facebook.com/VigieCiel/
and in Le Progrès newspaper:
https://c.leprogres.fr/rhone-69-edition-lyon-metropole/2019/11/11/un-etrange-phenomene-lumineux-apercu-dans-le-ciel-de-lyon-ce-lundi-soir

Best regards, and thanks again!
Karl

On 12/11/2019 22:37, Dirk Devlies wrote:
> Dear all
>
> Many sightings have been reported in Belgium too, all around 18 UT.
> Many have already hypothized that is was indeed a fuel dump from that
> Falcon 9 launch.
>
> Kind greetings
>
> Dirk Devlies
> Bruges (not seen it :-( )
>
> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht----- From: Michael R Thompson via Seesat-l
> Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:17 PM
> To: SeeSat-L_at_satobs.org ; Karl Antier
> Subject: Re: Rocket stage observed on Nov 11, 17h43 UT, over Southern
> France
>
> Hi Karl,
>
> I don't see the attachment, but there have certainly been sightings of
> Falcon 9 upper stages venting fuel while nearing reentry over that
> part of the world in the past.
>
> See the Zuma launch for what I believe was the most spectacular
> captured instance.
>
> We would need a time of observation to be more definitive.
>
> Thanks,
> Michael
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> Subject: Rocket stage observed on Nov 11, 17h43 UT, over Southern France
>
> Dear all,
>
> Small question: some French observers (in Hérault, close to
> Mediterranean sea) signaled a strange object in the sky last night
> (November 11), see attached picture. It looks like a rocket stage
> loosing its fuel. Could it be a Falcon 9 stage that launched yesterday
> the 60 Starlink satellites?
>
> Thanks in advance for your answers!
> Best regards,
> Karl
>
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