reply to post by BigfootNZ
Point meteors are actually pretty rare, and it would be unheard of to see multiple point-meteors in one night, in different positions in the sky.
The only time you are likely to see multiple point meteors in a short space of time would be during the peak of a fairly strong meteor shower, and the
point meteors would all appear in the same place in the sky. You need to understand what a
is to understand why, but point meteors can only
appear in the radiant,
which is an area of sky that is usually around 2 degrees in diameter, depending on the shower in question.
The OP would also have noticed meteor in other parts of the sky, since it's unrealistic to think that point meteors would not be accompanied by other
shower members. The OP's observation was made at a time when there is very low meteor shower activity and no major meteor showers active, so it's
even less likely IMO.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. The vast majority of flashes that people are seeing in the sky are due to space-junk glinting in the
The following image depicts the 11,500 pieces of space junk in low Earth orbit:
The following image depicts this junk from the North Pole:
The following image depicts the 1,147 pieces of space junk orbiting in geostationary orbit:
The above representations need to be updated. Since the recent satellite
/Chinese satellite kill test
, the amount of junk up
there has gone up by a factor of 2 or 3 times.
Much of it is tumbling in a random manner so the flashes are usually quite random too, but it's often possible to follow the flashes, and therefore
the path of the object causing the flashes, although the junk may be too small to see in between flashes.
Depending on your latitude, most junk in LEO can be seen throughout the night during summer, but since the sun dips down much further below the
horizon in the wither months, junk in LEO tends not to reveal it's presence except for the first couple of hours and the last couple of hours of the
night at this time of year.
Of course, the same is not true of junk in higher orbits, which may be visible deep into the winter nights.
These flashes are not unknown to science. Astronomers have been seeing them for decades. I've seen them on numerous occasions. A quick
search of the web brings up thousands of hits
. Just two nights ago I saw some after only 5 minutes observing.
Sightings of junk glinting in the sun will only increase as the amount of junk increases, and more frequent collisions start to occur between junk.
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