posted on Jan, 5 2008 @ 10:17 AM
You're welcome SantaClaus.
If you spend some time observing meteor showers, you'll see some meteors that you can really get a good look at, because they are slow and/or long.
Meteors like that can be very spectacular and memorable. If you want to see more like this, observe early on during the night during a shower. A
meteor shower is a little bit like the moon or sun (or any other astronomical object in the sky) in that the apparent point from which meteors appear
to radiate from in the sky (called the "radiant") will gradually rise (or set) above (or below in the case of set) the horizon. When the radiant is
on or very near the horizon, the stage is set for meteors that you see to enter at extremely shallow angles, and these meteors often have extremely
long paths since they are skimming the outer edge of the atmosphere rather than hitting at a steep angle and penetrating deep into the atmosphere.
"Earthgrazers" as they are known are not very common, and you need a little luck to see them, but are well worth the effort, even if you only see
one or two during an active shower. As the radiant gets higher in the sky you'll see more meteors, but they get apparently shorter and faster.
Earthgrazers are no longer possible once the radiant is more than 10-15 degrees (if memory serves) above the horizon. Try a search if you want more
info - I've written on the subject once or twice before here on ATS.
Sounds like an interesting project you're working on. I've been following the F.A.S.T. threads here, and think it's good that people are keeping an
eye on the sky for obvious reasons, but I think the majority of "UFOs" in those photos are just satellites, the ISS and/or perhaps black projects.
I think you may be seeing something like one of the rumored stealth airship projects being tested, which would explain many of the "star-blocking"
UFO sightings, although there may be more to it than that. Like you, I'm keeping an open mind for the moment!