posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 11:43 AM
Originally posted by karen61057
It is being described as either a meteor shower or man made space debris. Proving once again that, what goes up, must come down.
It's only the media calling it a "meteor shower". I don't like the term being used in this context, since it's confusing. Meteor showers happen
when we pass through a debris stream (usually left behind a comet), but large fireball events like this one (if it wasn't a man-made reentry) are
usually cased by random (or "sporadic") meteoroids/asteroids, that are not related to annual meteor showers like the Perseids, Leonids, etc.
Having seen more reports since last night, I'm becoming more convinced that this may have been a satellite/junk reentry. Primarily because of the
timing of the reports from the continent, which if correct, suggest a satellite/junk. Specifically, some of those reports suggest that this event
lasted a few minutes, and natural meteors don't usually last more than around a minute in the most extreme cases. Reentries on the other hand, since
the object is traveling slower, tend to last many minutes.