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Approx 40N 60W

Old 18th May 2006, 14:26
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Approx 40N 60W

A load of guys were commenting on a very bright flash of light that lit up the flight deck, just North of BDA in the Waters area.

Numerous people were reporting that they saw a trail then an explosion, definately not lightening, which appeared to be climbing prior to the explosion. Nobody gave an explanation.

Didn't see it myself, but seemed very close to where that TWA 747 disappeared a few years ago!
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Old 18th May 2006, 14:36
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Not even close. About 600 miles to the east south east of TWA 800 which happened 10 years ago this summer.
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Old 18th May 2006, 14:50
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Here's a possible candidate:

http://www.reentrynews.com/2003060f.html
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Originally Posted by Airbubba
Here's a possible candidate:

http://www.reentrynews.com/2003060f.html
Outstanding How do you find this stuff?
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>>How do you find this stuff?

Being a pilot, I've always had an interest in heavenly bodies <g>...

Here's a good link to start with on satellite re-entry:

http://www.satobs.org/re-entry.html
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Old 18th May 2006, 22:43
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Seen THIS link though?

I was on a random track and saw it about 300 miles east of BDA. It was green and appeared to be descending when I saw it.

If it's the same one as the aussie reports then it must have been VERY high...
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Old 18th May 2006, 23:25
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Highly likely both the Australia event and the Atlantic event were meteors, or more properly fireballs, as very bright meteors are called. They are also separate events.

Here is a good fireball FAQ.

The green color reported in Australia is a very common feature of very bright meteors, and is caused by the nickel content in a nickel-iron meteoroid.
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Thanks for that guys

See loads of 'shooting stars' at night especially across the pond, suspected a meteor but the intensity and brightness was unlike anything anyone on the freq had witnessed.

Thanks Hold West I would imagine that is what it was.

It was NW of BDA, 40W was very approx, it was a long night.
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