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Re: "Like A Giant Star" - Ledger

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 02:54:36 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 15:25:47 -0500
Subject: Re: "Like A Giant Star" - Ledger


>From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>To: - UFO UpDates Subscribers - <UFO-UpDates.nul>
>Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 10:50:57 -0500
>Subject: UFO UpDate: "Like A Giant Star"

>Source: North Bay News North Bay, Ontario

>http://www.baytoday.ca/content/news/details.asp?c15

>"Like A Giant Star"

>Saturday, February 14, 2004

>By Phil Novak BayToday.ca

>BayToday.ca received the following anonymous email this morning and
>would like to know if anybody else witnessed what is described or
>took digital pictures:

Someone in Nova Scotia reported to an astronomy.com discussion
group that he saw a "mystery smudge" to the right of Orion last
evening.

There was a rocket launch from Canaveral last evening and it
left an exhaust plume.

This from another List that tracks satellites and launches etc.,:

---

"....this evening (2/14) and looked up at 7:29 p.m. Central time
and saw a small pale blue cloud about 1.5 degrees in diameter
in Eridanus at RA 4h 10m, -8 degrees declination. The sky was
otherwise cloudless. The puff remained in the same area but slowly
expanded and faded over 35 minutes. I have heard of barium releases
to study the ionosphere -- was this one of those? Your comments are
appreciated!"


Reply:

"That was the exhaust from the circularization burn of the
upper stage of the IUS from the Defense Satellite Program
(DSP) launch several hours earlier from Cape Canaveral.

"We".. saw it from about 110-115 km (70 or so miles) NW of
Austin, from a dark site - a roadside in the country (because
it was cloudy over our planned site, Canyon of the Eagles, when
we came to the "fork in the road").

****estimated the integrated magnitude to be possibly as
bright as +1. The burn was at 1:22 UTC (7:22 PM CST). At
the very beginning it was strikingly well defined, an
isoceles triangle with the two long sides slightly curved and
a very flat shorter edge on the WSW.

The triangular shape persisted for quite some time, as the cloud
expanded and grew more diffuse and faint.

"We" thought that we were able to see the light of the burn in
an 8-inch scope."

---

None of this has been confirmed, however the launch did occur.

I wonder if this was the object" in question?

I removed the names.

Best,

Don Ledger





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