posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 07:18 PM
Nope, there is no video or photos. My darlin' and I were outside and saw a fairly slow, very bright meteorite? fireball? something? Edit to add
the time of the sighting........ this would've been 8:15 EST.
I saw it first: It orginated from just to the NE of the moon and streaked down past the Big Dipper. I pointed and made some silly noise when I saw
it, and my wife saw from the middle to the end. It was like a standard meteorite whitish, only seemed to be moving somewhat slower than the usual
"streaks" one sees.
Just before it crossed the Dipper, it flared very bright, looking bluish, then orange and blue, and it broke into at least four large pieces and many
smaller ones and flared out. I would guess its magnitude at brightest point when it burst at about -5 or more (based on hundreds of ISS views and
knowing the magnitude of them).
Both of us were very still, waiting to hear if there was a sound from it after it flared out. I counted seconds in case there was a sound. Neither
of us heard anything.
I strongly don't believe it was fireworks -- anything that close would've been visible as an arc and we'd have heard it, however fireworks is a
very small possibility. Total duration of siting was probably about two seconds.
It reminded me of the Earthgrazers -- the early meteorites that preceed the peak of the Leonids, that are slow and close and often colorful, and
that's probably what it was -- a late piece of something big enough to burst into pieces. It would've burst over the ocean, if that was the case.
I know that with the ISS, when you first see it, it can be thousands of miles away. This would've been due north of us, so a Cuban landfall would
be possible, or Cuban waters.
Anyway, just wanted to make a note, in case anyone has knowledge of spacejunk re-entry or anything otherwise interesting.
Thanks for your time and input!
[edit on 30/11/09 by argentus]