posted on Oct, 29 2011 @ 11:37 PM
reply to post by bluehaze
It's not uncommon for a meteor to appear to be much closer to the ground than it actually is
have never seen this effect with a meteor giving off sparks (fragmentation), but I have seen a few meteors trailing sparks behind them which could
easily look like you described, and I have also seen meteors that look as if you could reach out and touch them.
We know that meteoroids witch are large enough to make it close to the ground, are often the result of the meteor breaking up at high altitude (30-50
km), and fragmenting. Any pieces large enough to survive this, would likely spend a couple of minutes falling through freezing cold air. The
relatively dense atmosphere at around 50 km altitude is very effective at slowing down even quite large objects, to the point at which they are no
We also know from reports of actual meteorite falls, that people who are close to the area in which meteorites were recovered later heard sonic
booms/rumbling like thunder up to 50+ km away... often windows/buildings shaking at distances of around 10 km to "ground zero".
If there really was anything close to you, and still luminous, there is no way you could not have heard and/or felt it if that was the case.
I hope that answered some of your questions. I can imagine that it must have been a pretty amazing meteor that you were lucky enough to see.