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Originally posted by eriktheawful
reply to post by Glassbender777
Actually, you might be on to something, but instead of the Earth passing through a dense debris field, I think it might be more along the lines of: the debris field that we carry with us.
Space debris in orbit, and there is a LOT of it. Many of them have been up there for 50 years now, and it might be that we are starting to see a increase in shooting stars or fire balls, because many of them might have orbits that are finally deteriorating enough for reentry into our atmosphere.
Here's a picture modeling the cloud of debris around us:
I've not done any research in this, and it's just an idea, but maybe that is why we it seems we are seeing a increase of these sightings. More and more junk that we left up there is starting to reenter.
want you to assume it is a meteor, unless you're told otherwise".
The U.S. Strategic Command maintains a catalogue containing known orbital objects. The list was initially compiled in part to prevent misinterpretation as hostile missiles. The version compiled in 2009 listed about 19,000 objects. Observation data gathered by a number of ground-based radar facilities and telescopes as well as by a space-based telescope is used to maintain this catalogue. Nevertheless, the majority of expected debris objects remain unobserved – there are more than 600,000 objects larger than 1 cm (0.4 in) in orbit (according to the ESA Meteoroid and Space Debris Terrestrial Environment Reference, the MASTER-2005 model).
SEATTLE — A ball of fire, a possible meteor, was seen falling out of the sky over the Seattle area Wednesday night, authorities said. Residents north of Seattle, off Interstate 5's Exit 212 near Arlington, saw something coming apart in the sky, police and the Washington State Patrol said. No planes were reported missing, and nothing was found by police. "We are clearing the scene and assuming it is a meteor, unless we hear otherwise," the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet.
Originally posted by Radec
I'm going to assume that this many occurrences is not normal. Can anyone please try to explain why so many meteors would be seen falling from the sky all over the country? I know that one in Arizona was caused by a meteor storm is what they said. (correction) It in fact was not the meteor storm they said this was a separate occurrence on fox and was confirmed by NASA.edit on 1-11-2012 by Radec because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by redtic
FYI - significant (>10 reports) fireball sightings in 2012. Not sure how it compares to previous years. I know I've never seen one, but have been hearing more and more about them (at least here on ATS).
ETA - OK, so I looked at the last 5 years, and they've definitely gone up over the last few years, but that could just be a reporting anomaly, not a true trend in the sightings.
The next logical question is what is causing the apparent increase in fireballs seen this month? The key word here is apparent. It could very well be that there is no increase at all, but rather a marked increase in the number of reported fireballs. Mr. Hankey has worked with the AMS in providing an easy way to report fireball sightings and the general public has responded with a record number of reports so far in January. If you look through the last five years that the AMS has available, you will see an increase in every year. The increase is certainly not as dramatic as January 10 vs. January 11, but that again can be attributed to the recent change in format. I am also confident that no matter the number of NEO's in January 2012, there were still be more fireball reports in January 12 vs. January 11.
Interesting subject and I appreciate the contributions of Dirk, Mike, Wayne, and Carl!
It has been estimated that 100,000 tonnes of extraterrestrial material reach the Earth's surface every year. It can be anything from fine dust to metallic masses weighing many tonnes.
Extraterrestrial material that falls towards the Earth is classified by size. The majority of this material is in the form of tiny particles called micrometeorites. They fall continuously, and arrive unnoticed.
Meteors or 'shooting stars' are often seen in a clear night sky. They are larger dust particles and small rocky fragments, many no more than a gram in weight, which are burnt up by friction as they fall through the Earth's atmosphere.
Meteorites are larger pieces of rock that reach the Earth's surface without getting burnt up in the atmosphere. A meteorite whose arrival has been witnessed is called a fall. Meteorites discovered without a known time of fall are called finds. All meteorites, falls and finds, are named after the place where they were picked up. They are broadly classified according to their composition into stones, stony-irons and irons.
Originally posted by wutz4tom
I'm sure someone will come along and say..."it's the same that we have always had, it's just that we live in a more connected time.
Originally posted by wutz4tom
I say BULL...Things ARE Changing..