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Hi all, perhaps you all heard about the meteorite seen over South Africa on
Saturday night which was scary close to our farm. Read my report below.
Meteorite entry in Northern Province
At the farm site around 15km from the Zimbabe border, 16km north of the
little town Alldays at South 22o30 and East 20o07. a meteorite entry was
seen on Saturday night at 22.04 SA Time and 20h04 UT Time.
The brightest light ever seen was light up the bush field as far as the eye
could see, you should be able to read a book! The next second an impact
sound close to that of a bomb blast with a definite ground impact sound,
follow up with an after sound that went over into a rattle sound which last
for around 3 seconds with slight trembling of the ground.
I ring various people around the area and there was a few who saw the bright
One guy reports that the blinding meteorite turn into a fiery red purple
fire ball. In this stage a loud sizzling sound was heard, burning smoke was
seen and the earth was rambling with windows shaking like mad. Another close
to Platjan border post report that he thought his house is been blast away
and ran outside with shock.
This morning, Monday I talk to another Botswana guy who said that the impact
was like a bomb blast close to him. He stayed around 20 kilometres inside
Botswana from the SA border. Because of the rain no fire was report in the
area around us. It looks like the impact sound was been heard over a radius
of more that 200 kilometres. Taking all into account the impact could be
around 50km from us but it is only an estimate. A very real experience which
just show one how vulnerable we are on this little blue dot.
Originally posted by PreyBird
Does anyone really believe in the "shooting down missiles" theory? Not this cat.
Originally posted by Bean328
it would be amazing to see in person.
I wonder if there is any statistics on the number of fireball detected each year. Is the trend increasing?
Could it be planet X disturbing the Oort cloud?
Red and Purple flaming could be lithium and potassium
I'm curious about the angle and direction of entry.
You have to kno where to look. On one night last year, during october/november, i saw my record of 13 in one night. This inspired me to get an astronomy book, mostly to track meteor showers year round. One thing i must say is that although certain showers happen in certain areas/constelations, my observations have shown deviations. Watchin for taurids one night i saw more action around orion than anywhere. I think it depends more on their incoming trajectory.
ive personally never heard of anything reported after these have hit. maybe its just me. is this becoming more or an occurence or is it the cameras as said before. any other time youd have to be in the right place at the right time kinda thing.
it would be amazing to see in person.
Received from Dan at Venetia Game Reserve near Polokwane:
Was sitting outside with a couple of others around 11pm having a last beer before bed by the fire when all of a sudden the sky started to light up and within 5 seconds or so the whole sky was alight as though it was midday. We all looked at each other in utter confusion as it was as though the sun had come up again. As it started to go dark again we looked up and saw a streak of flame right across the sky as a huge meteor had passed directly overhead. We all stared in amazement and felt our heart beating so fast. Then around a minute or so later as we were calming down there was a massive explosion as though a bomb had gone off right next to camp and a deep rumbling. The rumbling got louder and louder and we could feel the ground shuddering beneath us. I have to admit we all thought we were going to die in a blaze of fiery shockwaves. After a few minutes it started to subside but can't believe how scary the whole thing was. No confirmed reports yet but they think the meteor (or what was left of it which wasn't burnt up in the atmosphere) might have landed near Polokwane which is only a couple of hours from where we are. How cool is that!!! How many people can say they saw a huge meteor streak across the sky directly overhead?! Was like something from a disaster movie!!!
We were sitting on the patio in Centurion at about 22:50 when I saw something I thought was a normal "shooting star". The next moment I saw it was a light-green/blue coloured object travelling towards earth. As soon as it dissapeared over the horizon it left an orange/red fire trail from the horizon to about 60degrees angle. It was so bright that I thought someone shot a green military flare over the roof but when I saw the fire trail, I knew it was a meteorite. We all got chills and thought it landed close by because of the brightness.
Was out in a field about 30 of us(cops) were looking for suspects. When the sky lit up only a few of us saw the whole thing from when it entered the atmosphere to where it burnt out. although we were all waiting for the impact it was extremely close!!! Apparently if there were anything left it fell near Middelburg or Witbank.
Just glad I got to experience something that awesome!!!!
I was driving with a friend down Malibonge and we had just reached Hyperion and there was a half light that expanded like a circle and then daylight, I commented lightening and then turned around to see this massive red and orange trail against the sky only thing was it was going up the sky not down, it was huge at that was 10.55
It looked like the images from smallville and transcribed a massive arc across the sky from Pretoria to Edenvale from below the cloud level and then just disappeared above the cloud bank that was there
the size of that thing that I saw if it was a meteor would have made a hole the size of acre somewhere so I do not buy the meteor story
It must have been the biggest thing I have ever seen move across the sky
Midge Wood says:
November 25, 2009 at 22:07
Myself & seven guests were at Rock Camp in Mashatu, Tuli Block in Botswana from 19th Nov to 24th Nov 2009. After our Game Drive and a braai on Saturday night the 21st, we were outside playing a bird CD calling the Pearl Spotted Owl. There was myself, my daughter, her boyfriend, my brother-in-law & two of the resident Game Rangers.
I was walking down a path to a dead Leadwood tree where I know the Owls like to perch. I was walking due south,when suddenly I saw the horison light up almost as if the sun was rising. Within a second or two the whole sky had litten up, as if daylight. It then momentarily turned an orange hue and went back to total darkness. The bush went into a deathly silence. No frogs, insects or birds. A deathly silence.
We were all stunned and did not totally understand what exactly had happened. We all admitted to having goose bumps but went about our task at hand, looking for the Pearl Spotted Owl, which by now were all around us in the trees.
I realised that something desperately unusual had happened and looked at my watch. It was 10h50 in the night.
About 5 to 10 minutes later, as I was entering the main building of Rock Camp, there was the most amazing explosion in the sky. It sounded like nothing I have ever heard before.
Two of the people with me were facing North when the sky lit up and they both said that they saw a red streak in the sky, very wide going south to north before the darkness returned.
I assume all experts will be posting about meteors and avoiding
any alternative theories.
edit: could it be, an in a more Stargate SG-1 note, that it was some sort of debries, along with the one on 22?