posted on Apr, 4 2010 @ 08:52 AM
Originally posted by diamount
Originally posted by weemadmental
reply to post by diamount
What i seen was similar to the video but it didn't light up the sky like that, it was the same colour also, maybe it was a smaller meteorite?
Maybe, I'm by no an expert in this field so maybe someone with a little more knowledge on the subject can fill us in.
The characterisics of meteors are extremely variable, and depend on many factors such as size, velocity, composition, and enrty angle. Every meteor
is different, and this can often throw people, as most have only seen the plain every day variety of shooting star, which is usually white, not too
bright, and fleeting.
Spend time under the stars on an active night, and you will see many other kinds of meteors. Most are plain, and you may need to spend a few hours
and/or choose when to observe (during the peak of a major shower like the Perseids) well, or just have a bit of good luck when you are going out for a
smoke, but impressive meteors are actually not to hard to see if you are determined to see them.
I put together has a bit more info on some of the things you can expect to
It's still a few months away, but anyone who wants to see some spectacular meteors should spend a night (you may have to try a few times before you
get a very memorable night, but it's worth it once you do) watching the peak of a shower like the Perseids (or the Geminids, or the Quadrantids -
these are the best showers usually and are expected to be good this year).
Get yourself a sleeping bag if you dont already have one, and search out previous posts I made on here which have observing tips for meteor showers.
Remember, if you want to stand a good chance of seeing something, a little bit of patience is the key... the longer you spend looking, the more you
will see, and you will see spectacular meteors