reply to post by MrPayt
You are right, a meteor would not usually travel across the whole sky, from horizon to horizon, however, under rare circumstances this can happen (the
meteor would have to be large and come in at an extremely low angle). The classic example is the 1972 Jackson Lakes daylight fireball (I'd post some
links, but they are old/dead and waybackmachine is down!).
Here's footage of the event:
Meteors like this, which come in at a very low angle are known as "Earth grazers". Since they hit the atmosphere at such a shallow angle, they tend
to survive and glow for much longer than meteors with high entry angles.
Even relatively small meteors are capable of crossing the sky, *almost* from horizon to horizon. I have seen this myself many times now, and Earth
grazers appear and move differently to other meteors. I can see how one could easily be thought of as a UFO by anyone not familiar with Earth grazers.
They are certainly amazingly beautiful and eerie to watch at the same time!
I think this is probably what you saw. I noticed that the date which you observed this object on is quite close to the peak of the Perseid meteor
shower (13th), which is a well known and prolific producer of Earth grazers. If what you saw moved roughly from the East to the West and you saw it
when it was just getting dark, or not long after dark, then you can be pretty sure it was a Perseid 'grazer!
There is also plenty of other activity from other meteor showers at this time of year, so it does not necessarily have to be a Perseid that you saw,
but it being red would certainly tally well with it being a Perseid, since they are often colorful.
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
ps lot of strange >SNIP< in the sky metor showers nonstop why?
I've said this before and I'll say it again.
The general publics perception of meteors and meteor showers is that they are rare events that occur infrequently, when in fact the exact opposite is
true. Earth is constantly being bombarded by meteors, most of which we don't see either because it's too light or they occur over sea/unpopulated
areas (the vast majority of our planet).
If you do take the time to watch the night sky over many nights, and years, you will soon see what I mean.
I've been observing meteors for nearly a decade now, as well as being actively involved in the meteor observing community, and I think I'd probably
know if there was an increase in activity. What has increased though is public awareness, and media interest, which makes it seem like there is
Perhaps more people are looking up at the skies now too - there are quite a few factors that could lead to this general perception. Lets not forget
the contribution of the internet, and sites like ATS, which gather all the news into one place, news which might otherwise have been missed or
overlooked. I think the general public also seems more willing to report unusual occurrences that they might not have reported in the past, which is
also in part due to the internet and the anonymity it provides.
If you come into all this without a base-line it's quite easy to get the impression that activity could be increasing, just as seems to be happening
in the "global-warming" debate.
[edit on 22-9-2008 by C.H.U.D.]