|Occurred : 6/17/2010 20:30 (Entered as : 06/17/10 20:30)
Reported: 6/18/2010 5:29:49 AM 05:29
Location: Winfield, KS
|Satellite sighting, NOT ISS, Winfield, KS 06/16 20:30 PM due overhead east to west.
Satellite sighting, June 17, 2010 about 8:30 PM . Object first sighted at about 60° altitude due east. Object continued directly overhead headed west and disappeared after about 5 minutes. Object was bifurcated with the forward section larger than the rear.
Object was much brighter than any star. The first star did not become visible until about 30 minutes later.
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/cities/view.cgi?country=United_States®ion=Kansas&city=Winfield does not list a possible sighting of the ISS until June 23.
((NUFORC Note: Satellites almost never have a westerly component to their ground-track above the Earth. If, in fact, the object was flying to the west, it almost certainly was not a satellite of terrestrial origin. PD))