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Facebook and Twitter lit up with reports from many of our viewers who spotted a strange greenish, blue streak in the sky. Reports came in from across the upstate and around the country.
The Oconee County dispatch tells News Channel 7, one fire department headed to the northern part of the county, after getting calls and reports from concerned residents, but found nothing.
The reports centered around a sighting just before 9 pm.
Chief Meteorologist Christy Henderson checked in with the national weather service and said the only logical explanation is a meteor.
That is the concensus around the country too.
Reports have come from Indiana, Maryland, Louisiana and Illinois. A station in Chicago posted a story quoting Astronomer Chris Lintott who said, "The shooting star, which was a meteor probably about the size of ten grains of salt, likely won't hit the ground and won't become a meteorite."
During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Wednesday January 19th. At that time the moon lies opposite of the sun and is present in the sky all night long. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the early morning hours, allowing a brief window of opportunity to view under conditions free of interfering moonlight during the last few hours before the start of morning twilight. The estimated total hourly rates for evening observers this week is near three no matter your location.
Originally posted by GodofWar411
my thought with the major increase in solar activity ...... ahhh hell what is it called northern light ummm..... aurora hell i don't know solar disturbance normally seen as green and blue light in the sky typically over Alaska...
yeah aurora momentary lapse of being a complete idiot
At approxiametly 8:45 pm, 1/19/2011, a bright blue-green streak of fast moving meteor was spotted from just south of Lake Ave on Kensington Blvd. This was unusual because it was very close to the ground and not in coincidence with a scheduled meteor shower. This small pebble of space rock, whose surface was being heated near 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, contained a high degree of copper in order to achieve this large bright blue-green color just above our heads. Recent earth-quakes below us, blue-green meteors above us, and here I am stuck in Indiana along with all of you. (Kirtis Christensen - Fort Wayne, IN)p/ex]http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/younews/114248004.html
(TheWeatherSpace.com) -- Residents reported a green flash of light from Chicago down to Indiana on Wednesday night.
The reports come a week after the meteor sighting across the Southern United States. This event was likely another one of the meteors. It is interesting that these sightings are becoming more and more numerous.
Astronomers have no word on the recent uproar in meteors, however have said it is not too uncommon, possibly a dense meteor shower field that may not have been detected yet.
Skywatchers across the world should keep their eyes on the night sky if observing, you never know what you'll find.
The Quadrantid meteor shower is one of the year's best, producing more than 100 meteors per hour from a radiant near the North Star. In 2011 forecasters expect the shower to peak sometime between 21:00 UT (3:00 pm EST) on January 3 and 06:00 UT (01:00 am EST) on January 4. The peak is brief, typically lasting no more than an hour or so. Observers who wish to try to catch it are advised to look during the hours before local dawn on Tuesday, Jan. 4th, when the shower's radiant is high in the sky.
NASA Science News for Jan. 12, 2011 2010 ended with an unprecedented flurry of small comets diving into the Sun. Researchers say this could herald a much larger comet still to come. FULL STORY at science.nasa.gov...
Jan. 12, 2011: The sun has just experienced a storm—not of explosive flares and hot plasma, but of icy comets.
"The storm began on Dec 13th and ended on the 22nd," says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. "During that time, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) detected 25 comets diving into the sun. It was crazy!"
Sundiving comets—a.k.a. "sungrazers"—are nothing new. SOHO typically sees one every few days, plunging inward and disintegrating as solar heat sublimes its volatile ices. "But 25 comets in just ten days, that's unprecedented," says Battams.
"The comets were 10-meter class objects, about the size of a room or a house," notes Matthew Knight of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. "As comets go, these are considered small."
Cometary Poison Gas Geyser Heralds Surprises
The comet has already shocked the science team by producing a massive surge of CN, the cyanogen radical commonly known as "cyanide." Cyanide itself wasn't the surprise; CN is a common ingredient of comet cores. Rather, it was the size and purity of the outburst that has researchers puzzled.
Dec. 13, 2010: On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big.
It was so big, it may have shattered old ideas about solar activity.
"The August 1st event really opened our eyes," says Karel Schrijver of Lockheed Martin's Solar and Astrophysics Lab in Palo Alto, CA. "We see that solar storms can be global events, playing out on scales we scarcely imagined before."
From Charlotte, NC
it was really cool ball of green glow. my husband thought it was a firework left over from new years but there was no sound but a big ball of green glowing something with a glowing trail
from Burlington, NC
I was driving in my truck talking with a friend. We had the windows rolled up and the heater fan on. I didn’t hear anything from outside the vehicle.
General_Remarks = I was driving towrds work on Forestdale Dr between the Forestdale apartments and the K-Mart. Through the windsheild I saw a very bright fireball with a tail streaking across the sky. I lost sight very quickly when it went down behind trees/buildings.
This happened on a very clear night, and it was an amazing sight. The best shooting star I have ever witnessed. It was so bright and large that I was waiting for an impact!
Could this be more evidence of a new meteor stream? Approaching asteroids? Solar grazing comets? Inquiring and paranoid minds want to know…
My kids and i were on I-485 in North Carolina when we saw the ball of green light with a tail streaming from the sky. We were near the airport @ around 2050 on January 19th, 2011 We thought it was a plane that has crashed because it was so bright. I just told my kids to make a big wish for the big fallen star. It was an awesome sight to see.
January 20th, 2011 on 8:32 am
I saw this meteor from my bedroom window in Ovid, Michigan. Headed into the southern sky, the unusual bluish green meteor was spectacular and streaked across the sky at amazing speed around 9PM. I’ve not heard anything on the news about it this morning. I’m glad to see I’m not alone in witnessing the celestial event!
January 20th, 2011 on 9:55 am
I was driving home from work in Charlotte. Going down 485 close to the airport when I saw it. It was a bright green fiery ball. I also thought it might have been fireworks but there was no noise and it was too big. I am pretty sure other people saw it as well as I saw some folks tap their breaks.
It was pretty big and I bet if you could find a way to access the woods where it went you’d find some evidences of it.
January 20th, 2011 on 10:17 am
I am from Lansing MI and I saw it. Look south, it went from ~10:00 in the sky to ~4:00. Lasted about 3 seconds.
January 20th, 2011 on 11:24 am
I saw this as well. I’m in Algonac Michigan.
I too was waiting for an explosion but apparently it wasn’t large enough for that type of outcome.
There was no tree-line to shield my view of the event. It burned out at about 15 degrees above the horizon. Incredible sight!
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. -- Residents in Oakland and Macomb Counties were buzzing Wednesday night after reportedly seeing a strange light dance through the sky.
Police said they received several calls from people who claimed to have seen the green flash over the 12 Mile Road corridor between Gratiot in Roseville and Interstate 75 in Madison Heights.
Many of the callers described the light as a shooting star or green fireworks.
There is no official word on what the light was. There are no reports of any property damage.