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Mystery object lights up Northwest sky.

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posted on Mar, 15 2005 @ 10:59 AM

Originally posted by TheBorg

Originally posted by picard_is_actually_a_grey
None of that addresses my issue with it being a meteor:
1) eyewitnesses said it travelled slower than typical, theres no two ways about it, if somethings burning up in the atmosphere it'l be real fast. A literal whizz across the sky.

But if it wasn't a burning fireball, what else could it have been? No UFO looks like a big green fireball. These things are common occurrances. I just find it amazing that this one makes everyone so edgy. It's nothing new.


You said that the camera was moving some; zooming in and out and moving around. Could the slowing in motion have been due to the camera moving perhaps?

And yet again, it depends on how high up it was as to how it'll look. Depending on what it's made of and how fast it's moving, not to mention what angle it comes into the atmosphere at, it could look like just about anything. Doesn't mean it's aliens sending a return probe from Titan.

[edit on 15-3-2005 by TheBorg]

The camera was moving yes but not shaking wildly and it was held steady for more than a few seconds. From this you can gather if it is moving fast or not from its surroundings.

Yes I am aware of all the angles to take into consideration, but I was not there. I am only giving you what I saw from the Footage and I never once stated that it could have been some type of alien vehicle. I simply stated that it didn't move like a typical meteor/meterorite.


posted on Mar, 11 2011 @ 01:19 AM
The sixth anniversary of this event is almost here. I don't want it to be forgotten.

I saw this meteor from Westport, WA. Here's my illustration of what I saw. For additional eye witness reports, from CA, OR, WA & BC, see AMS, CMS and NUFORC.

Most of the reports are from people with little or no prior experience or training on how to report a meteor sighting. Even for professional meteor trackers, this was a once-in-lifetime event. So it should surprise no one that many of the reports contradict one another. Estimates of visual magnitude range from -6 (a little brighter than Venus) to -26 (as bright as the Sun). Only one person (in Dunes City, OR) reported hearing a sonic boom.

There is an obvious answer for the fact that it appeared to move more slowly than a normal meteor. I was a long way from the viewer. A normal meteor moves line a 60 mph baseball 20 feet away; this one moved more like a 60 mph blimp a mile away. When I first saw it, I imagined it being a mile away and as big as a refrigerator. That just shows my ignorance. Having looked over many of the other reports, I now believe it was somewhere between the size of an aircraft carrier, 50 miles away, and the size of the Pentagon, 200 miles away. I would have a better idea of size and distance if I had counted, "... one thousand 6, one thousand 7, etc." as I watched it. The times shown in my illustration could be off by a factor of 3 or 4.

The CMS report says, "The meteor went over a boat 109 miles off shore." If the boat was west of my location, the meteor might have passed within 50 miles to my southwest. If the boat was southwest of me, the meteor might have stayed at least 200 miles away. At closest approach, it appeared to be about the same angular size as the moon. So its actual size would have been roughly 1/100th of the distance.

Many witnesses reported seeing a terminal flash, which seems to suggest that it was a bolide and exploded in the atmosphere. From my vantage point, there were three successive red flashes, from my left to my right, about 3/4 to 1 second apart. My view of the horizon below about 7 degrees was blocked by trees, so I'm not sure if I saw plumes of red-hot steam 10 degrees above the horizon, or if I merely saw red flashes reflected off of tree branches. The steam might also have been illuminated by the sunset, though my western horizon was already quite dark. My conclusion is the same now as it was at the time; the meteor skipped three times across the tops of waves on the ocean. I checked buoy data, and the swells were about 8 feet at the time.

What happened next is anybody's guess. My best guess is that the meteor kept on going. It may have been slowed enough to be suborbital, splashing down a thousand miles away. Or it may have been so massive that the atmosphere and ocean hardly slowed it at all. It may have gone completely out of Earth's gravity into an orbit of the sun, or even directly into the sun. The AMS scientists believe it was an "antheleid" meteor, on a trajectory that would have taking it very close to the sun if it had not had a close encounter with Earth.

Why was it not picked up on radar? I suspect that it was, initially, but when it sank low in the northwest, it dropped into the radar shadow. This part of the coast is not covered by weather radar. Portland radar has a 45 degree-wide gap to the northwest, and Seattle radar is blocked by the Olympic mountains. They're expected to have a new dopple radar station near Westport by this September. Somewhere over Oregon, it should have been detected, but it may have been mistaken for an anomaly; it would have been so bizarre that radar operators would not believe their eyes. Or perhaps it was too much of an embarrassment, so men in black zapped their memories.

Maybe this object is now included in the list of known asteroids. It probably has a false discovery date sometime in 2006. Officially, there are 1204 "petentially hazardous asteroids". If somebody, here, has the software, maybe you can see if any of them passed Earth on 2005/3/12.

Definition: Potentially Hazardous Asteriods: NEAs whose Minimum Orbit Intersection Distance (MOID) with the Earth is 0.05 AU or less and whose absolute magnitude (H) is 22.0 or brighter.

Absolute magnitude of 22 is roughly 110 m to 240 m in diameter, depending on shape and albedo. So I'm pretty sure the meteor of 2005/3/12 qualifies.

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