Atmospheric entry of 2008 TC3 observed by KLM airliner and by METEOSAT satellites


Jacob Kuiper, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, De Bilt, The Netherlands.
Here, we report on an unusual sighting of the fireball, the only sighting known with previous knowledge of the impending event, by KLM captain Ron de Poorter and co-pilot Coen van Uden at flight KL-592 flying over Chad. We also report on the Meteosat 8 and 9 observations of the fireball and its dust cloud. Also the weather and wind conditions (near surface and up to 50 km height) in northern Sudan at entry moment will be presented.