Re: Space Debris over Oklahoma?

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sat Oct 14 2000 - 00:31:37 PDT

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    Bill W Davis (davisorbiter99@juno.com) wrote:
    
    > On the local (ch 25) television news a report of re-entering 
    > "space debris" .
    > They also mentioned that it was seen in Kansas.
    > Anyone know what this is about?
    
    Two local 10:00 news programs here mentioned a very bright fireball 
    or meteor that was seen in Texas and Oklahoma.  (For non-USA folks,
    this would indicate an observed track of several hundred kilometers.)  
    One program said that it was observed by someone in Llano, a town 
    about 80 km (50 miles) west of Austin, who said that it broke up 
    into several pieces.  So far I haven't been able to find any more 
    about it.  If it truly was a single object, it was of substantial
    size and on an earth-grazing track.  If so, I would expect it was
    detected by satellites.
    
    We've had a little bit of sky (and even Moon, planets, and a few 
    stars) appear in the last day or so but have predictions for mostly
    clouds for the next five days at least....  
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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