Comments:Burning debris from satellites spotted over several US cities
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no direction reported
No one has yet reported the direction of the Russian or Iridium satellite. Most are launched toward the East to get the advantage of the earth's rotation. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 07:12, 16 February 2009 (UTC)
The comment made by the professor at Eastern Kentucky University is wrong, I attend Morehead State University, and am a Space Science Major, and actually saw one of the pieces as I operated our satellite tracking facility on top of a local hill. Satellite debris has a distinct look when compared to meteoric debris, AND some debris DOES simply fall from its orbit. When a collision happens, the debris spreads out radially from the impact site, with a projection in the direction of travel of each craft (imagine two lobes) the debris spreading downward will re-enter rapidly, possibly within minutes depending on angle to nadir, and velocity of travel. EKU should direct comments like that to the experts.