RE: Decay visible from Florida

Ted Molczan (molczan@home.com)
Wed, 8 Sep 1999 08:24:49 -0400

> There is an article in the St. Pete Times
> <http://sptimes.com/News/90899/TampaBay/Mystery_lights_turn_o.
> shtml>. It
> gives a time around 5:04 AM local time or 9:04 UTC. I wonder what time
> Space Commands decay time represents. Perhaps it is the time
> the object is
> no longer in orbit, on its way down. In which case, perhaps
> it could take
> an object 20 minutes or so to make it's way down.
>
> Bill Bard

Here is the final elset from OIG:

1 25898U 99047C   99250.29189269  .24561121  12816-4  12549-3 0   115
2 25898  51.6443 240.3662 0031606 276.2076  83.5359 16.52750209    95

It produces a WNW to SSE pass, that culminated 25 deg above the SW horizon
at about 5:02 Am local time or 9:02 UTC on 7 Sep 99, in good agreement with
the descriptions in the article.

Ted Molczan