posted on Sep, 2 2013 @ 09:54 PM
I just wanted to add a personal note about that night. As I've mentioned before, I saw the "meteor" that night as it passed over the Midlands. The
weather was pretty cloudy so I didn't see the actual "meteor" rather, how it lit the whole cloud cover up. However, I have to say, to this day, I
have never seen another meteor quite like it. Now given astronomy has been a passion of mine since I was a small kid and I am regular sky watcher
it's not as if I haven't down the years, seen a rather large number of meteors. The part that I haven't as yet seen replicated was that, even
though the sky was cloudy, the surrounding area at ground level, was lit up as if by the largest flash gun you have ever seen. I mean that, for 2-3
seconds, you could clearly see as if it were daylight.
I've since seen meteors that light the whole sky up for a brief moment however, that does tend to suggest the following . That the meteor that night
was travelling relatively slowly, probably due to being lower in the atmosphere and having hit the atmosphere at a pretty shallow angle. The thickness
of the air it was travelling through considerably slowing it, as it headed towards the ground.
It has struck me that, because of the cloud cover, many amateur astronomers who might also have witnessed it had taken a look at the sky and gone back
to the warmth of the house thinking they would, most likely, see nothing that night. The fact that, some almost forty years later I can, in my
mind's eye stlil recount vividly that brief experience, shows how "unusual" it was.
The part of this that makes me wonder is this. Given the speed of the object I witnessed and its' incredible brightness I am somewhat at a loss to
explain why, no-one in the area it came down seems to claim that, their living room, was briefly lit up by the meteor. Given the speed it crossed the
sky where I was, it was travelling at a velocity of at least 3000 miles per hour. that means given my location that, the meteor hit the ground, or
passed overhead the Bala area, less than a minute after I saw it, Id be a tad surprised if it had dimmed that much in that period of time.
The part I would love to know is this. Did he meteor hitting the ground cause the earth tremor or, was there both an earth tremor and a very bright
meteor? Then again, was it some kind of bow wave from the meteor that caused the tremor and the object just passed very low overhead and then ended up
crashing into the Irish Sea?