posted on Apr, 19 2012 @ 06:07 PM
I agree, with those who said this was not footage of a meteor/fireball.
1# The length of the footage - No confirmed
natural meteor/fireball has ever lasted more than about 50 seconds, let alone footage of one. This
"fireball" lasts well over a minute in terms of footage, and probably much longer if you consider that it was probably observed for a wh8ile before
a camera was fetched, and looked like it was still going strong when the footage was cut.
Whilst the timing is too long for a natural meteor, it is more consistent with a reentry, but still seems a little bit too slow. Even the slowest of
satellites will completely cross the sky (horizon to horizon) in 2 or 3 minutes. If you watch the footage, we have a frame of reference (the trees in
the foreground), and we can get a rough idea of how much sky the object crosses. It's obvious that it would take many minutes (perhaps 10+) to cross
the entire sky, which is inconsistent with a reentry.
The timing in this case is much more consistent with an aircraft.
2# The colour of the sky is what you would expect to see at sunset (or sunrise) when the sun is low on the horizon - just the right time for the sun
to illuminate high altitude contrails with red/orange
Originally posted by Insomniac
I've been trying to find an answer to whether the larger size of an earth grazing meteor or fireball would slow it enough to compensate for the lack
of atmospheric drag, but I can't find the answer anywhere.
It would be just the opposite, providing you don't change the surface area/weight ratio.
Simple Newtonian physics: Large objects have more momentum, so they don't slow down as easily.
That's part of the reason why most meteoroids (which are small) don't make anywhere close to the ground, the other part of the reason being that the
density of the atmosphere rapidly increases with dropping altitude, especially at around 50km altitude, a zone sometimes referred to as "the wall"
in meteorite hunting circles.