9:00:00 PM

UARS Journey Comes To An End 23SEP2011

NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, Likely No More

Update #15Sat, 24 Sep 2011 01:46:42 AM MDT
NASA’s decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell back to Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23 and 1:09 a.m. EDT Sept. 24. The Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California said the satellite penetrated the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. The precise re-entry time and location are not yet known with certainty.

LAST SIGHTINGS OF UARS? Observers in central Texas saw UARS streaking overhead (but not disintegrating) at 8:18 PM CDT on Sept. 23rd. It was spotted again over western Colorado at ~9:46 pm CDT ("Still intact, but tumbling," says observer Scott Sheriff) and again over Minnesota at 9:55 pm CDT. Since then, however, no observers have reported seeing the doomed satellite. NASA's estimated window for re-entry (between 11:45 p.m. Sept. 23 and 12:45 a.m. Sept. 24 EDT) has passed, so UARS might be no more. 

1:20:00 PM

North Texas Meteor Fireball 23SEP2011...UPDATE...Event Captured By Sandia Sentinel Fireball Camera In OKC 23SEP2011

UPDATE...Fireball Captured !!!
23SEP2011 06:30:22 UTC - 01:30:22 CDT
image above and movie below courtesy and (c) 2011-James Beauchamp-Sandia Sentinel Fireball Camera Network-Oklahoma City, OK

More Eyewitnesses Needed !!!
From The ELPALLSKY Chatbox:
Sep 23 2011, 9:21 AM Guest847 (guest):  
I was driving last night heading north on I35 in Dallas Texas and i saw a fireball to the west of me in the sky it was large and low, heading North at a very fast speed, i have no idea what it was and it didnt look like a comet because it didnt have as long of a tail, it was a strong orange reddish color... i seen it at 1:30 AM....What was it, please email me at (email on file) and let me know what i have seen.

Gregg S.Cristian County, MO:My brother and I experienced something which may be related to the TX fireball. Last night we were camping out in an area of southern Christian County Missouri miles from any towns or cities. On September 23, 2011 at approximately 10:30 p.m. CDT we saw repeated bright flashes of light in the night sky and heard what sounded like sonic booms repeatedly for approximately 5 or 10 minutes. The flashes seemed to come from over the horizon and were not viewed directly. They were bright white light and seemed to strobe somewhat. It appeared to be orignating from an area directly north of our location. We first suspected that a fireworks display was occuring in or near the town of Ozark, Missouri but we discounted that explanation because we were many miles south of Ozark and likely wouldn't see or hear fireworks from such a distance. We also considered whether it might be the NASA UARS satellite reentering earths atmosphere. It was quite a unique experience. I questioned others about the event and was told that a friend's child experienced the same event along with a group of other highschool students while attending an outdoor highschool function in Springfield, MO. Please feel free to contact me with any follow-up questions.

***If you are searching for information about this fireball and/or witnessed it, please leave a report of what you saw at wxtx01@gmail.com Please include the date and time, the direction you were facing/driving, the direction in which the object moved (upper left to lower right etc.) approximate size and brightness compared to a full moon, color, any flashes, streaks, fragmentation and any sounds or delayed sounds such as sonic booms, hisses, sizzles etc. Thank you! Your information is vital to research/recovery efforts so please take time to report.***