Fireball: Jan. 27, 2009
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A Russian Molniya-M rocket reentered Earth's atmosphere on Jan.
27, 2009, at 1905 UT. The ground track of the decaying rocket passed
over Namibia where at least two witnesses saw the resulting fireball.
Ground tracks courtesy of The Aerospace Corporation: more.
The rocket was originally launched in Dec. 2008 from the Plesetsk
Cosmodrome. It carried a Kosmos 2446 military satellite to orbit.
Comments: Corne Bergh: "Yesterday evening
(Jan. 27th) at 21H05 local time we saw the most amazing thing coming
from the north western skies. At first it looked like airplane lights
but within seconds it became a burst of thousands of lights, almost
like fireworks. This string of lights travelled in a south eastern
direction and were out of sight within 20 seconds. I was not fast
enough to take a picture"
Comments: Mr. J.C. Vorster: "I observed a
phenomenon last night, Jan. 27, at 21:00 local time. I was looking
in a Westerly direction and suddenly saw various sizes of some flaming
material moving very fast from North to South with a white smoke
tail. Within a few seconds it disappeared over the southern horizon."
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