Satellite Cosmos 1484 Re-Enters Over Eastern USA

It seems certain now that the fireball reported on Sunday January 27, 2013, near 21:30 (9:30pm) EST over a large swath of the eastern USA was the re-entry of the Russian satellite Cosmos 1484. This satellite was launched in 1983 and lasted just short of 30 years before meeting its fiery demise over the eastern USA. The American Meteor Society has received 35 eyewitnesses of this re-entry ranging from New York south to Georgia and South Carolina. There have been no reports of any debris from this satellite reaching the ground. Individual reports may be viewed in the 2013 AMS Fireball Table Refer to event #206 for 2013.

Clear Skies!
Robert Lunsford
American Meteor Society

About Robert Lunsford

Bob has been interested in the stars as far back as he can recall His first experience with meteors was a biggie, the 1966 Leonid shower. In 1980, a major awaking occurred. He received a sample copy of Meteor News. He was amazed to learn there was a group actually devoted strictly to meteor observing! He joined the group also started to view some of the minor showers list among the pages of Meteor News. Lastly, he was contracted by Springer Publishing in 2007 to write a book on observing meteors. The book is now available and hopefully will be a useful guide to all interested in the enjoyable field of meteor observing. More info about Robert Lunsford →
2 Responses
  1. Scott Davies says: January 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Delta Air Lines flight 1485 was south bound between New York Laguardia and Orlando Int’l on January 27th. At 9:22 PM EST, the cockpit crew witnessed a fireball with multiple projectiles high in the southeastern sky. The event was sustained for approximatley one minute. Other aircraft on Washington Center frequency also reported witnessing the event.

  2. Craig Thompson says: February 11, 2013 at 2:51 am

    9:48 PM, PST 2/10/2013: Nice meteor with luminescent dust shedding nearly straight down illuminated orange through +/- 10 degrees above horizon before going dark, near precisely SE (135 degrees true) from perspective at Lodi, CA 95242.

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