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Originally posted by SleeplessInUS
As I left work this evening at 5:05pm, I saw what looked like a fireball falling through the sky in the west. I am on the gulf coast in Alabama. By 5:15 it was over the horizon. My first thought was a meteorite and I was waiting to see if something would be reported either here or in the MSM. The problem is that 5 pm for me would be 3pm? in Edmonton... and it would also be in my northwestern sky.
Could there have been more than one? The one I saw made no impact near me... it merely dissappeared over the horizon which makes it large. I wish I had pulled over and snapped a picture but I was in 5pm traffic which is a bear to say the least.
Starred and Flagged, will keep my eye on progress of the thread and perhaps someone else saw what I did?
For the missile of the name BOLIDE, see RBS 70.
The word bolide comes from the Greek βολις, (bolis) which can mean a missile or to flash. The IAU has no official definition of bolide and generally considers the term synonymous with fireball. The term is more often used among geologists than astronomers where it means a very large impactor. For example, the USGS uses the term to mean a generic large crater-forming projectile "to imply that we do not know the precise nature of the impacting body ... whether it is a rocky or metallic asteroid, or an icy comet, for example". Astronomers tend to use the term to mean an exceptionally bright fireball, particularly one that explodes (sometimes called a detonating fireball).
“I was waiting for it to explode,” he said. “It looked similar to when we watch (news reports) in Afghanistan. When I didn’t see that, I said, `well, that’s something from outer space.’ I’m sure it landed way out in Winnipeg or something.”
Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are space rocks larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time. On November 20, 2008 there were 997 potentially hazardous asteroids.
Originally posted by whoshotJR
Slade says he believes the object was a meteor, travelling at around 100 kilometres an hour.
Originally posted by wrangell76
Dang, I am on the Gulf coast of Texas and was driving around at this time, I can't believe I missed this. If it wasnt for the clouds on the horizon,Chances are I may have seen it too. Do you know of anyone else that saw it there?