posted on Oct, 10 2008 @ 07:34 AM
Looking at my hometown news website i came across this story. Aparently people in Chicago also had seen this last night. Has anyone else seen this?
Meteor, or something, spotted in sky
SAUGATUCK, Mich. (WOOD) -- 24 Hour News 8 received many e-mails Thursday night about something falling from the sky.
Viewers from Kalamazoo to Allegan County to Cedar Springs reported seeing something that looked like a shooting star with an "orangish tail."
Dave Swanson, who works in the control tower at the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport, told 24 Hour News 8 that at 9:17 p.m. he saw a
"meteoroid in the NW sky traking NNE. Duration of less than 2 seconds, but brilliant when it was lit."
Police scanners revealed Allegan County authorities dispatched some crews to check it out after receiving phone calls in the Saugatuck area. There
were initial reports of a possible plane down. Authorities were called back after a brief search.
Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Bill Steffen also received phone calls and e-mails from across West Michigan. He said it was likely a meteor. Plus, since
we don't know that any fragments made it to the ground, what was spotted should be called a meteor.
According to NASA, a meteor is a bright streak of light that appears briefly in the sky. Observers often call meteors shooting stars or falling stars
because they look like stars falling from the sky....Meteorites reach the earth's surface because they are the right size to travel through the
atmosphere. If they are too small, they will disintegrate in the atmosphere. If they are too large, they may explode before reaching the earth's
Those at WGN-TV in Chicago told 24 Hour News 8 they, too, have received calls of something in the sky.
If you saw anything, please e-mail the 24 Hour News 8 newsroom at email@example.com.
A person wo seen this, (Countingstars wrote: )
Could it possibly have been the International Space station again? I know that briefly appears within human eye view now and again?
No, it wasn't that. I was one of the first to email WOOD, and Susan G. actually called me to ask what I had seen. It was about 9:15 and in the
northern sky, just to the west, it was like a shooting star, only slower, and had an orange tail. It was very obvious it was not a satellite or space
station. Whenever there is a meteor shower I will sit out and watch it, and this was slower moving and much brighter than what you see in a typical
meteor shower. I thought perhaps we were scheduled for a passing comet that I didn't hear about, or that maybe there was some explosion in the sky
that I had missed, since I had just caught it out my window.
Knowing now that it was not anything that involved anyone getting hurt, it was pretty cool to see.