Re: possible re-entry, I saw it, too

From: Bill Mitchell (
Date: Sun Jun 27 2004 - 02:02:08 EDT

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    What an awesome show that was!  Three of us saw it too except it was
    more like 7-8 fireballs.  We picked them up in the handle of the big
    dipper (trees block the rest of the West sky), and watched them
    through Draco, Lyra and Altair (roughly, I was too excited to pay
    close attention to exact location).  Lasted about 45 seconds and
    ended at 22:52 EDT June 26, 02:52 June 27 UTC.
    Fantastic sight, better than Raduga 33.  Especially since we were
    just sitting around BSing and was totally unexpected!
    Bill Mitchell
    42.072N 80.143W
    --- Terry Pundiak <> wrote:
    > Definitely, I saw the same thing...   while at Lehigh Valley
    > Amateur
    > Astronomy Society's monthly public star party in Allentown, PA ,
    > about
    > 20 to 30 of us saw it, too...
    > At first, I thought it was an airplane with its landing lights on,
    > but
    > it had a grainy sparkly contrail.  So I though it was the beginning
    > of
    > a fireworks finale slowly rising rocket above the trees and it had
    > a
    > few companion rockets... but it  just kept rising and rising  very
    > nearly past zenith and to the other side of the sky...   it seemed
    > to
    > be breaking up as it went on, maybe 10 to 15 pieces -  some moving
    > ahead of the the others and some showing flare brightening for a
    > few
    > seconds.   All in all it was exactly like videos that we all on TV
    > on
    > the space shuttle reentry disaster videos in Texas, only not as
    > brilliant.   The event would not be even noticed in the daylight.
    > The brightest objects were about -2 or -3 magnitude.
    > I wish I had a video camera to keep a record... it was so exciting.
    > I looked at my watch when it was over... It was 10:54:45 EDT.  The
    > speed was a bit faster than most all satellites,  starting in the
    > WSW,
    > getting to about 80 degrees (South) and dimmed quit a bit when it 
    > headed to the
    > horizon at ESE.
    > Terry Pundiak,
    > Allentown, PA
    > 40.5700N, 75.4480W
    > On Jun 26, 2004, at 11:59 PM, wrote:
    > > I may have just seen my first satellite re-entry or it was the
    > most
    > > incredible fireball I could imagine. I saw, at first, 3 objects
    > > burning very bright and leaving long smoke trails behind them.
    > They
    > > started in the NW and were heading East. When I first saw them
    > they
    > > were about 20 degrees above the horizon. The objects broke up
    > into
    > > many smaller pieces, approximately a dozen, each with its own
    > tail. I
    > > watched the pieces until they burned out very close to Deneb.
    > They
    > > burned for about a 60 degree span.
    > >      This took place at 10:54 local time(02:54 UTC). My location
    > is
    > > 39.6731N  75.7239W .
    > > At first I thought it may be a Bootid meteor but it was nowhere
    > near
    > > the radiant. If anyone could help identify this I would be
    > grateful.
    > >
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