Unknown satellite

John Corby (jcorby@headwaters.com)
Mon, 16 Oct 95 21:23:52 -0500

-- [ From: John Corby * EMC.Ver #2.5.02 ] --

I was watching for Mir this evening (October 16th) and spotted another
satellite which appeared about 30 seconds before Mir (approx 00:11 UT Oct
17th). It was travelling on a path from about Elev 30; Az 180 to about Elev
40; Az 120 with a magnitude of about 2.5 fading to 4.0. This satellite did
not appear on my Quicksat predicted pass list for the evening. I am located
at 80 deg W, 43.89 deg N at an elevation of 487 metres (Southern Ontario,
Canada). I had set Quicksat to look for all sats over magnitude 4.5 using
visual.tle ftp'd on Sunday 15th October from seds at Arizona U. Can anybody
identify this satellite for me?

On October 12th at approx 00:45 UT I saw a fireball at Elev 40; Az 130 
(estimated). The fireball duration lasted about 2 seconds, was intensely
bright (well into the negative magnitudes) and was clearly green in colour.
Did I witness a vehicle re-entry, or a very large meteor?