posted on Sep, 25 2007 @ 08:42 PM
reply to post by JackCash
I saw something like that once!
It was right at Christmas-time, around 2002 or maybe 2003...I was in East Texas (ugh!)
and it was
night...what we saw was way bigger than any light descending in a meteor shower (I have seen many and so I know)...
Something actually FLAMING is very significant! Because only something of size would have enough material to support an actual blaze as opposed to
just lighting up briefly like sparks or fireflies, as meteorite showers do!
It was like a rock, broken into pieces, with one largest piece leading in the front and several (maybe up to a half-dozen)
along the same line of descent. They were all spectacularly blazing until they were out of our sight. The land is flat there, but we were in a town
and so could not see the horizon. We were SURE that it would have hit the ground and that we'd hear something about it in the next day or two. And
we did not.
I have come to understand that it more than likely did not impact the ground sufficiently enough to cause a stir or even any significant notice; and
the area in which it likely fell was largely uninhabited except for oil rigs, etc. That is, if it even hit the actual ground with any size at all.
Who knows? It's hard to say, no doubt.
As far as it being natural vs. space junk - I'm thinking that space junk would have a different trajectory since it would be, more likely than not,
falling OUT of orbit - whereas a natural rock or what-have-you would probably be DRAWN into orbit before being drawn down to the Earth via gravity.
My point being that I would THINK (but don't consider me an expert by any means)
that unnatural stuff would come down more directly and
straight and natural stuff would come in at a significantly inclined angle.
What I saw that night came in at almost a 60 degree angle! And it was blazing red to orange to yellow - no blues or cooler colors at all. Of course,
the color of the blaze is most probably related to what chemicals are burning upon entry into the atmosphere. The volatiles in comets often blaze
blue to bluish green - that is, at least the do as they come into our Earth-bound view on their trips around our Sun.