posted on Jan, 12 2011 @ 12:21 AM
Originally posted by cidrolls4s
We apparently have had a meteorite fall out of the sky at around 8:30 pm central time, somewhere in the southeast United States.
A witness account (or even accounts) of a meteorite falling does not equal an actual meteorite fall. It's actually very
.for people to say they saw something land close by, but if you look at the physics of such
events you will find that in most cases this is impossible.
In reality meteors are never luminous below about 50 Km altitude, except for quite large meteoroids which would without and doubt be heard and felt,
since in order for a meteoroid to be luminous it must be traveling at well above the speed of sound (around 1 Km/s).
Generally when people report seeing meteors "close to the ground", what they are really seeing is a meteor high up in the atmosphere and many miles
away, but because of Earth's curvature and also because our brain interprets bright objects as being close (even though they may not be), it appears
to be "low down".
Although this meteor may
have dropped meteorites, they will likely be 10;s if not 100's of Km away, and it's unlikely they will be recovered
unless the meteor was seen by many other witnesses or caught on camera.
Reports like this are quite common, and unless there is some nice footage out there, the chances are you won't hear any more about this one.