[ASTRO] Mini-Comet or Meteorite... (fwd)

Willie Koorts (wpk@saao.ac.za)
Wed, 10 Sep 1997 13:34:58 +0200 (GMT+0200)

Hi Folks

This observation came via the ASTRO mailing list and after the recent 
discussions on the visibility of satellite burns, I thought it might 
interest Satellite watchers here.

Someone there suggested a possible burn or fuel dump - any ideas?

Since the instrument used is not clear from the message (11 x 2 degrees 
tail?) I will fire off a message to the sender to try and get this info.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 1997 21:34:30 EDT
From: Conrad W Humphrey <donwon1@juno.com>
To: meteorobs@latrade.com
Cc: ASTRO@lists.mindspring.com
Subject: [ASTRO] Mini-Comet or Meteorite...

Hi all,
        I just saw something that looked like a mini-comet. The time was
7:43 EST. It was between mags -1 and -4. I'm not sure if it was a
mini-comet or a meteorite, but it was slow and most meteorites aren't
slow. This object took over 2 minutes to cross my field of view and it
looked slightly metallic. I'm also sure it wasn't a plane because planes
don't have gaseous tails and this objects tail was about 11 degree's long
and 2 degree's wide. The object was very thin so that made me think it
wasn't a comet but then I remembered mini-comets can look just like
meteorites. If anyone else in this area saw it can you confirm it for me
or if you think that you might know what I saw can you tell me?

Clear skies,
Conrad W. Humphrey (Amateur Astronomer)
40deg 43' 45" N   73deg 59' 43" W
New York,  NY