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Originally posted by burntheships
Did you check the RSOE link, this was spotted over many states. It must have lasted visual longer
than a few seconds.
Originally posted by burntheships
I have yet to find a verified photo. The one from WeatherSpace.com is shown as dated January 19th, but it does not state where that picture came from.
If that is an actual picture from last night, it seems to match the long train photo you posted.
Originally posted by netwarrior
The one I saw was blue/green. No trail, though. It was moving way too slowly for that.
Too slow to be a meteor
Originally posted by reD3vil
Are there any reports of satellites entering the atmosphere? Perhaps this was simply just an old satellite crashing back into earth? while burning up in the atmosphere.
Originally posted by 7thsignofthezodiac
Hi there, are you positive it was a meteor, because my sister and many other people saw it too, an almost neon greenish light in the south-west. We live in Belgium.
The American Meteor Society has received 39 reports of seven separate fireball events over North America on January 19th. Two of these were widely seen events. Both of these events occurred near 21:00 EST. The first occurred over the northern Midwest and southern Canada. There is some wide scattered timing of this event and the possibility exists that this may be more than one fireball. The second occurred over the southeastern states and was seen from Florida north to North Carolina. There is good agreement for the timing plus it seems to been a bit brighter with a majority of those reporting that the peak brightness exceeded that of the full moon.
For more details please visit the AMS website at
David Batch, director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University did not see the green light in the sky and so he can only speculate what it was. But he has seen shooting stars and meteors of every color.
The fact that it was seen to come down diagonally is typical of them, he said.
“It often appears horizontal unless you are right in line of its path,” he said. “There is a sideways velocity.”
“Bigness” he said, doesn’t count. Brightness does.
The average shooting star seen in the night sky is likely the size of a grain of sand. The light comes from the air surrounding it and its speed, Batch said. Although most meteors are whitish or faintly yellow, colors of green, red, or orange aren’t unheard of.
Green however, is somewhat rare.
Something that can light up the whole sky is likely the size of a fist, he said..
“For the color to have been seen so vibrant, it had to have been quite bright,” he said. “Stars are colored but color can be detected only in the bright ones.”
Meteor or not, it was eerie.
“I saw this, swear to God,” Rachel Fussman McClintic of Mt. Pleasant, wrote in an e-mail. “I was driving home from a meeting last night at this time. It WAS green...and I was driving down Mission, southbound, toward campus.
Originally posted by apacheman
There has been a major increase in the number of fireballs over the past six years; you'll find the data summarized here:
The simple fact is that the average number of fireballs reported to the American Meteor Society has increased from 466 (1.28 per day) in 2005, to 948 in 2010 (2.94 per day), and 89 so far this year (4.94 per day). With the increase in numbers has come a proportionate increase in average size.
the one who debunked many legitimate UFO incidents when he functioned
as the scientific member of the very public Project BLUEBOOK. Dr. Hynek
is the man responsible for the infamous 'it was only swamp gas'