Satellite reentry spectra

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William Stewart

Hi Eric,

Peter Jenniskens is a well known meteor expert, often funded via NASA, and a quick search shows that he has been a co-authored a number of papers related to the spectra of re-entering satellites.

The advantage of satellites is that their trajectory / timing can be defined well in advance which allows the observer to point their camera at the right part of the sky at the right time (and have the grating correctly orientated). Alas meteors are somewhat less predictable.

One of the papers is available here:

Best regards