CZ-7 Rocket Body (sighting)

CZ-7 Rocket Body

Object Description

Type: CZ-7 Rocket Body
Int’l Designation: 2016-042E
Launched: 25 June 2016 12:00 UTC
Site: Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, China
Mission: Technology Demonstration Mission

Reentry Prediction

Predicted Reentry Time: 28 July 2016 04:59 UTC ± 1 hour
Prediction Epoch: 28 Jul 2016 02:54:15.488 UTC
Prediction Ground Track:

Multiple sightings were observed over California, Nevada, and Utah on 28 July 2016 near 04:38 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) which is 27 July 2016 at 9:38 pm Pacific Daylight Time.  This sighting was made approximately 20 minutes prior to our predicted reentry time with its associated +/- 1 hour uncertainty — thus demonstrating a successful prediction.


Yellow Icon – location of object at predicted reentry time
Orange Line – area of visibility at the predicted reentry time for a ground observer
Blue Line – ground track uncertainty prior to predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals)
Yellow Line – ground track uncertainty after predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals)
White Line – day/night divider at predicted reentry time (Sun location shown by White Icon)
Pink Icon – vicinity of eyewitness sighting
Note: Possible reentry locations lie anywhere along the blue and yellow ground track.

Links to Sighting Reports

More information concerning this reentry sighting can be found at the following links:

Spaceflight Now Report

LA Times Report

Spaceflight 101 Report

American Meteor Society Report

Reentry Video

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