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Re: (meteorobs) Re: high rates from Jordan



Dear Meteorobs:

Just a quick summary here. Observed for approximately 6 hours 17/18 NOV
(0430-1030 UT) from Dawson Hill, Fern Creek, Kentucky.

Observers: Tim Totten, Tanya Tuell, Mark S. Williams
LM: 4.5-5.0 (improved as moon set)

We averaged 8-10 per hour (including several sporadics with a radiant to the
northwest) until 4am local (0900 UT)  0900-1000 UT was easily best hour with
an estimated 30-35 LEO.

At 500 am local (EST) (1000 UT) meteor activity decreased drastically.

I will provide a more definitive report later from recorded counts on tape
recorder. We also attempted amateur radio meteor scatter contacts to no
avail (although Tim was sleeping and I was observing visually during best
hour). Also recorded time stamped radio pings monitoring TV channel 2
(55.250 MHz) video carrier in continuous wave mode.

On a related note. I found the coverage of Tuesday night's fireball sadly
lacking. CNN Headline new's package covering Leonid observations in the
middle east actually concluded with footage of the space junk re-entry. I've
passed along a copy of the IMO summary to our radio/tv station's
meteorologist (I'm a broadcaster myself) as he pronounced the Leonids a
"bust".

More to follow.

Regards,

Mark
----- Original Message -----
From: Steve Harrison <ko0u@os.com>
To: <meteorobs@jovian.com>
Sent: Friday, November 19, 1999 00:39
Subject: RE: (meteorobs) Re: high rates from Jordan


> At 05:56 PM 1999-11-18 -0500, you wrote:
> >I thought the descriptions sounded like a satellite reentry as well, but
> >iwth the satellite guys saying there was nothing expected, I must assume
> >that this could have been a VERY slow fireball (asteroidal) event. Hope
you
> >did well last night
> >
> >Wayne
>
> But, what about that SL-16 booster stage that the German fellow came up
> with?? Would the "satellite guys" necessarily have known about that kind
of
> debris??
>
> A short portion of a Cincinnati video was shown on the local channel 4
> Boston station yesterday evening and it certainly did look like a reentry
> to me, although the video was only 5 or 10 seconds long.
>
> What direction did those in Canada facing when they saw the thing: to
their
> south? From the US, it was apparently to our north. On the video, it
looked
> to me like maybe 25 or 30 degrees above the horizon.
>
> SteveH
> Shrewsbury MA
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