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From: k4hsm@knology.net
Date: Thu Oct 07 2010 - 03:37:54 UTC

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    I was atop Foothills Parkway last Saturday night (long story short, tried to go to Cades Cove, where the local astronomical group was having a star party, and they SHUT DOWN before 10:30????? ONLY in Tennessee...) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and we got up to a spot where we saw numerous meteors, unusual since it was not a scheduled meteor shower.
    
    At 11:24 Eastern Time (0324Z 10/3/10), my daughter spotted a flashing sat, going from N-S, but retrograde orbit. I would put the direction around 195-200 degrees, mag 5-7 with a very inconsistent level of flashing.
    
    I checked Calsky, and nothing comes close to matching.
    
    Could it be the new USA-215 or a rocket motor that launched it?
    
    Coordinates:
    35.626580
    83.951410
    
    11:24 PM ET to 11:28PM ET 10/2/10
    0324Z-0328Z 10/3/10
    
    Greg Williams
    K4HSM@knology.net
    
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