Re: possible re-entry

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Sat Jun 01 2002 - 22:24:29 EDT

At 10:25 2/06/02, Robert Braddock wrote:
>My father saw what may have been a re-entry Friday evening 5/31/02.
>It was over Charleston SC heading southeast at approximately 8:15 - 8:30pm
>If anyone has any idea as to whether this was a re-entry I would like to
There were no re-entries of potentially visible objects around that time.
See for yourself on Alan Pickup's decay watch page at

Bright meteors are much more common than re-entering objects.
One useful observable difference is that satellite re-entries
are always rather slow events taking 60 seconds to cross the
sky, rather than the maximum 10-15 seconds for a meteor. This
is because a re-entering satellite is only going 8 kilometers/second
when the most likely speed for a meteor is around 30 kms/sec.
Tony Beresford

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