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Originally posted by IntastellaBurst
reply to post by Moonman1111
Riiiiiiiight I'm sure " anything" can create it's own light source and move that fast without breaking the sound barrier.
I've thought about using a camera, but this has only happened 3 times in about two months, and by the time I even aimed the camera it would be gone.
however, I've seen shooting stars, and they don't travel horizontaly as these do
and these don't " burn out" they dissapear from sight.
So I let the shooting star excuse slide, .... untill tonight. Perhaps it was moving slower tonight, or perhaps it was the fact that it was flying away from my house, .... but I clearly made out this spherical ball of light travel over my house and shoot into the distance.
Originally posted by IntastellaBurst
reply to post by lel1111
Yeah, to be realistic, ... that camera thing is not going to work, whatever these things are, .... their fast. By the time I even picked up the camera it would be gone.
People may discount it as a meteor or something, ... but I still have a mental snapshot of it in my mind, .... for this light being the size it was, .... as far as it was, .... it would of had to be something pretty big.
from my perspective, it was about the size of a tennis ball, ... but it was waaaaaaay up there.
it's amazing, who knows how many of these things are actually flying around out there above our heads.
As far as meteor's, I've seen plenty of those, .... and those in those pictures you can clearly see the all the meteor's are travelling downwards.
Earth Grazing Meteors
One of the more fascinating aspects of our gently curved meteor meniscus is the fact that it will permit the viewing of meteors whose radiant is actually below the horizon of the observer. From Figure 1, it can be seen that a shower radiant which is exactly at the horizon, to either left or right, will still generate meteors which strike our meniscus horizontally, but "illuminating" only 1/2 of our observable sky. Meteors which are seen near the horizon will have some small entry angle into the atmosphere, but those meteors which occur nearly overhead will be travelling almost perfectly horizontal. These grazers can traverse unusually long paths through the atmosphere because they are skimming horizontally through less dense portions of air , rather than penetrating downward to denser layers. These meteors are quite spectacular to observe and can occasionally cover more than 100 degrees of arc for an observer below.
Hundreds of reports like this one are pouring in from all over the mid
western United States. Thousands of commuters and star gazers saw what
astronomers call an "Earth grazer" -- a meteoroid or piece of space
debris that travels nearly parallel to Earth's surface as it
disintegrates in our atmosphere. Earth grazers are slow moving and
feature vibrant colors in their long beautiful tails. This one was
spotted between 5:50 and 6:05 CST as it sped over Wisconsin, Michigan,
Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, New York and several other states.
Tuesday night's fireball was so bright that it was first noticed by
many observers while they were inside brightly lit buildings.
"I was sitting in a Wendy's facing outside and saw the bright orange
light in the sky," recounts Wendi S. Abbott of Cincinnati, OH. "I have
no idea how long it lasted, but I had time to jump up, race over to the
window and ask the family sitting there if they were seeing what I was
seeing. The father said it was just a reflection in the window, but
quickly changed his mind. It finally broke apart in about 3 or 4 pieces
before it died out. What an incredible sight! If this is any indication
of what's to come, this will definitely be a 'once in a lifetime
The trajectory of the fireball was similar in appearance to an
aircraft, flying low and level across the horizon from west to east.
Many observers reported seeing the meteor fragment into many iridescent
pieces that traveled in a line like a string of Christmas lights.