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Green meteors?

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posted on Jan, 21 2007 @ 08:44 AM
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This just happened a couple of minutes ago...Just around 630 Pacific Time.

I was putting out the trash, when a green meteor flashed overhead. It went from east to west. Since there is considerable cloud cover it was fairly low. Now I've seen meteors in the past, but never a green one. This was almost emerald in color. This has got to be unusual. What mineral or chemical makeup would cause a meteor to burn green? Or was it something else?

I confess to ignorance, so let me have it.




posted on Jan, 21 2007 @ 09:10 AM
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It is generaly thought that the green color is caused by ionized oxygen and not the chemical make up of the meteor. It is the higher speed of the meteor that causes the O2 to ionize.



posted on Jan, 21 2007 @ 09:19 AM
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Ah. Thanks. Though I didn't see it for very long what with trees and hills all around, it didn't look to be going all that rapidly. Though like I said, I didn't see it for all that long. thanks.



posted on Jan, 21 2007 @ 04:44 PM
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Originally posted by seagull
This just happened a couple of minutes ago...Just around 630 Pacific Time.

I was putting out the trash, when a green meteor flashed overhead. It went from east to west. Since there is considerable cloud cover it was fairly low. Now I've seen meteors in the past, but never a green one. This was almost emerald in color. This has got to be unusual. What mineral or chemical makeup would cause a meteor to burn green? Or was it something else?

I confess to ignorance, so let me have it.


My guess would be ionization of oxygen which is greenish and probably a burning of something like Chromium or even Iron or Copper Oxide which all could be Greenish.



posted on Jan, 21 2007 @ 04:50 PM
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Man and here was me thinking of Kryptonite and Superman for a moment or 2 there.

Saw a Meteor myself on Thursday night only a small one but still it was an amazing site



posted on Jan, 21 2007 @ 06:58 PM
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I have seen such wonderful shooting stars but some of them are quite impressive with smoke trails and everything. So cool and far more common than I thought as a kid.



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