posted on Feb, 11 2019 @ 11:48 AM
originally posted by: wildespace
For the record, meteors from space travel much faster and burn up much faster too. If you see something travelling through the sky as slow as that
"meteor" in the footage, it's actually a man-made object reentering from orbit.
Careful wildespace - what you said there is inaccurate!
While it is true that MOST natural objects will be faster than man-made objects that are in orbit/reentering, that is NOT always the case!
In some rare cases, when a meteoroid/asteroid which is already relatively slow moving in it's orbit has to "catch up" with Earth, the relative
velocity can actually be slower than many man-made objects in orbit. So we can't assume, just because an object is slow, that it is man-made.
This subject has been tackled on ATS before, for example in 2012 (you should remember this since you were actively involved in the discussion at the
time), when a very slow event occurred over the UK (scroll down a bit)
The event was so slow, and at just the right angle/timing, so that the meteoroid (quite a large one) was actually captured by Earth's gravity and
became a temporary satellite/moon of Earth. The same object was also observed over Canada!
showed that the object eventually slowed to 9.2 km/s!
Of course, the classic example of this type of event occurred in 1913: Wikipedia - The
Great Meteor Procession
Not only that, but the slowest natural meteors can be "not much faster" (even without having to catch up with Earth) than the fastest man-made objects
which orbit at around 10-11km/s Max. For example, meteoroids belonging to the tau-Herculids meteor shower (which may produce storm level activity in
2022 - but that's another story!) enter the atmosphere at an average velocity of
That's really not a great deal of difference, and I think most observers would have a hard time telling them apart from man-made meteors!