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A meteor crashing through the Earth’s atmosphere could be responsible for sightings of a fireball over Montreal Thursday night, astronomers said.
Montrealer Humberto Dramasino witnessed the sight as he was driving home in the city's St-Laurent district around 7:30 p.m.
"I saw a fireball just below the clouds," Dramasino said. "It was losing pieces in the air while it was flying and it was very, very fast."
The spectacle lasted no more than a few seconds, Dramasino said.
Montreal-based astronomer Andrew Fazekas, who runs the website thenightskyguy.com, confirmed the descripti
Originally posted by predator0187
Interesting there seem to be more and more, or maybe there's just more people. It is a little strange that we have seen so many Meteors as of lately, maybe NASA will say we are entering the tail of a comet.
Originally posted by GoneGrey
We are fortunate in this day and age to have access to the security camera footage of these recent events. What is particularly remarkable to me is the degree to which the nighttime sky is illuminated, even momentarily, by the flare.
I have yet to hear back from my son as to whether or not he noticed this occurrence.
Predator0187, when you saw the one last year in your neck of the woods, were you immediately aware of what it was that you saw or were you left startled and wondering?
Was this fireball green - like last year's Canadian, Texan, and Russian fireballs? If so then this is yet another piece of the Perseid Cometary shower - which has been with us for decades - which NASA last year announced would be more spectacular these next couple of years more so than others.
Evidently every decade the shower peeks and involves a high frequency of fireball activity, all of it being a copper oxide based substance that burns green once it enters the thermosphere and actually starts to burn.
1. the removal, esp. of organs, abnormal growths, or harmful substances, from the body by mechanical means, as by surgery.
2. the reduction in volume of glacial ice, snow, or névé by the combined processes of melting, evaporation, and calving. Compare alimentation (def. 3).
3. Aerospace. erosion of the protective outer surface (ablator) of a spacecraft or missile due to the aerodynamic heating caused by travel at hypersonic speed during reentry through the atmosphere.
Interesting - On Friday and Saturday I saw 2 impressive meteorites on each night around the same time of night and in more or less the same place in the sky... The planet must of passed through quite a bit of material, I wished I'd had a bit more time to look at the sky especially on the Friday cos the sky was so clear.
This fire ball was probably connected, I wish I'd seen something like that! - My sightings were very high level streaks, A bright quite wide white blue flash.
It must be remembered that, in the Western States, at that day, there was not much knowledge among the masses upon the subject of meteorology. No tome in a thousand could give any rational account of this wonderful phenomenon; so it will not appear strange that there was widespread alarm at this "star-shooting," so called. Some really thought that the Judgment Day was at hand, and they fell on their knees in penitence, confessing all the sins of their past lives, and calling upon God to have mercy. On our journey we heard little talked of but the "falling of the stars." All sorts of conjectures were made by all sorts of people, excepting there were but few, if any, wise conjectures, and very few wise people to make them along the way we traveled. Not a few thought it an evidence of God’s displeasure, and believed that fearful calamities would probably speedily follow. There were those who believed the Judgment Day was near at hand, and undertook to prove out of the Scriptures that this was one of the signs of the coming of the Son of Man. One old lady was emphatic in the statement that it was certainly a "token of some sign." Statements made even by good-meaning people were often quite erroneous. Some men declared that they saw great balls of fire fall into the water, and heard the sizzling noise, like that made when a red-hot iron is thrown into a slake-tub. Others thought they saw these great balls of fire bursting among the tree-tops.
We may learn of this that, when men are in a high state of excitement, their testimony must be taken with many grains of allowance. I heard of a few who professed religion under the influence of these lights. In that day, for the sinner under conviction to be able to say that he had seen a light, whether he had heard a voice or not, furnished a ready passport into almost any church in the land. I suppose the reformation produced by these meteors was like the appearance of the meteors themselves -- of very short duration. I have no faith in any repentance grounded upon objects of sense. The gospel only is the power of God unto salvation. Love to God and hatred for sin, only can work a permanent change in the life of a man; and nothing short of this can be trusted as permanent in its effects.