Slow falling star- 10/30/13

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Slow falling star- 10/30/13
Posted by Serenabram on Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:08 PM

I saw a very bright falling star around 7pm on wed, 10/30. The unusual thing about it was the slow fall. It took a good 45 seconds from when it appeared to when it fell behind the tree line. I live in south Carolina not far from savannah river site. I enjoy watching the sky at night but have never saw this before. I am very curious as to what this was, and whether anyone else saw it.  

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Posted by chipdatajeffB on Thursday, October 31, 2013 11:14 PM
That is, indeed, very unusual. Enough so that I would be inclined to say it wasn't a meteor. Can you describe its flight in any more detail? Was it a steady light, or did it brighten and then dim or appear to go out? Did it leave a visible smoke trail at any point? I'm thinking it might have been a satellite. What compass points did it traverse and which was it moving toward? That sort of thing might be helpful in identifying it. If it were a satellite, then a time to the nearest quarter minute or so and your location within a few miles would help us determine which one, or to rule it out.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Friday, November 01, 2013 3:00 PM

According to the data from Heavens-Above, there was a very bright ISS pass visible from South Carolina at that time on October 30th.

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