SL-4 Rocket Body (sighting)

SL-4 Rocket Body

Object Description

Type: SL-4 Rocket Body
Int’l Designation: 2016-045B
Launched: 16 July 2016 @ 21:41 UTC
Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russia
Mission: Progress MS-03 ISS Resupply

Reentry Prediction

Predicted Reentry Time: 19 July 2016 06:10 UTC ± 5 hours
Prediction Epoch: 18 July 2016 10:16:54.922 UTC
Prediction Ground Track:

Multiple sightings were observed over the South Island of New Zealand on July 19, 2016 at 06:32 UTC.


Sighting Locations: Nelson, Blenheim, Wanaka, Cromwell, Waimate, Dunedin, Alexandra, Karitane, Oamaru, Timaru, Mosgiel, Ravensbourne, Middlemarch, Hawea Flat, Ashburton, Mt Cook, Greymouth, Kaikoura and Palmerston.  All in New Zealand (source).

Links to this sighting:

New Zealand Herald

Otago Daily Times

Videos of this sighting:

Youtube Video 1

Youtube Video 2



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.

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