(meteorobs) Fireball? Bootids? June 26, 2004
marco.langbroek at wanadoo.nl
Fri Jul 2 13:44:42 EDT 2004
Hello Kevin, Lew,
This too is definitely an observation of the decay of 1992-088E, a part of a
Russian rocket, on the night of 26-27 June (2:53 UTC, wich is about 22:54
EDST if I am not mistaken. So not June Bootids.
Kevin, you can find reports of several sightings of this decay on A/CC:
and in the June and July archives of the satobs list:
...and on meteorbs
including several forwards by Cathy Hall from the RASCAL list.
It concerned the decay of an approximately 1 meter large auxiliary motor
separated from a rocket stage used to launch the russian Cosmos 2224
satellite in 1992. Here's the decay report from NASA Orbital Information
Query time: 2004/06/27 16:37:59
Object Order: Predicted Decay Date
Decay: Decay Time N Lat E Long RCS
CatNo Intl. Desig. Source Common Name Prepared
----- ------------ ------ ------------------------- -------------------
Decay: 2004/06/27 02:51:00 46.3 258.4 0.9548
22273 1992-088E CIS SL-12 R/B(AUX MOTOR) 2004/06/27 03:43:00
PREPARATION DATE TIME: 270343ZJUN04
1. 22273/1992-088E /SL-12 R/B(AUX MOTOR) /ROCKET BODY/ CIS
2. 17 DEC 1992
3. REV 10105/DESCENDING/27 JUN 0251Z
4. 46.3 DEG N 258.4 DEG E
5. DECAY WINDOW IS PLUS OR MINUS 01 MINUTES.
6. INCLINATION 046.6 DEGREES.
TRAJECTORY PRIOR TO DECAY (DEG):
D/TIME 179/0136Z 179/0151Z 179/0206Z 179/0221Z 179/0236Z
LAT. 8.5 -34.0 -42.9 -6.1 36.0
E LONG 349.2 032.9 108.6 160.1 205.1
7. FINAL REPORT.
Dr Marco Langbroek
Leiden, the Netherlands
52.15896 N, 4.48884 E (WGS 84)
e-mail: meteorites at dmsweb.org
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin Kesler (via Lew Gramer)" <kesler.kevin at ensco.com>
To: <meteorobs at meteorobs.org>
Sent: Friday, July 02, 2004 6:45 PM
Subject: (meteorobs) Fireball? Bootids? June 26, 2004
> June 26, 2004 McElhattan, PA
> I was attending a Blue Grass Festival ( Smoke Country Jam) in
> McElhattan in central PA. Sometime between 9 pm and 11pm ( I am sorry
> I cannot be more precise) I saw what appeared at first to be a
> formation of 5 to 6 planes. The objects appeared from the Northwest
> travelling to the south east, They took approximately 10 seconds to
> cross the sky. As the objects passed overhead they began to breakup
> into brighter, short lived objects.
> When I saw the objects I began to point and shout for everyone to look
> up. Hundreds of people saw the display. The next morning their were
> rumors at the festival of space junk causing the display. After
> hearing and seeing no news reports of spectacular space junk I checked
> the Internet when I returned home. I found that he time was right for
> the Bootids which are characterized by relatively slow moving and
> sometimes spectacular displays.
> I am curious if others saw similar displays this year or if we just
> got lucky.
> Thanks, Kevin Kesler
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