Originally posted by MamaJ
"As far as MY view can tell", that is what I said. Key words.
I am glad you were able to expand on that agreement (in reference to your bold "YOUR" in the reply) with more detail. It is still not common for
events like that whereas say, in a lifetime. Maybe it is a lifetime event. I have seen it on videos, but have yet to see it for MYself. I await then
for MY "lifetime event"?
I have never seen a UFO or an Angel, Ghost, Devil, Jesus, God, nothing exciting, not even a fireball such as we have seen in Russia and what you have
also shown with your two links and events.
So, from MY VIEW (what I see/have seen), its not common.
Yes, quite true that everyone's perspective is different. My ultimate point would be that we all have our own perspective, but we should not let that
cloud the fact that impressively bright fireballs occur very frequently in terms of the global scale.
On the personal scale, I agree, an event like Russia is easily once in a lifetime if not a few lifetimes. The kind of amount of energy released for
the event to equal and exeede the brightnes of the Sun as the fireball did in this case is something a only very privaliged few will ever experience
in their lifetime, and you could easily spend the rest of your life looking up at the sky and not see one on that scale.
On the other hand, events like the Bay Area fireball are a bit more common. You can easily see them if you are persistant enough/have the time. Just
spend time observing as best you can, from the best observing site you can. Good observing technique will increase your odds significantly.
Most people just don't observe enough to see a fireball like the Bay Area fireball unless they are very fortunate, and happen to me looking at the
right part of the sky at the right time.
I personally preffer to try and spend a whole night observing, and during the peak of a major meteor shower if at all possible. I have often seen
bright random fireballs that were likely caused by little peices of asteroids entering the atmosphere, along with many fireballs of cometary origin
that belong to the meteor shower I'm out there to observe. So far though, no brighter fireballs than the ones of cometary origin (associated with
meteor showers) that I have seen, and some of those have been nearly as impressive in terms of brightness as the Russian event (easily as bright as
the full moon at the very least).
Whist there is never a guarentee you will see any fireball even if you spend 2 or 3 nights in a row observing even during a major shower peak from a
reasnobly good dark sky observing site when the sky is clear, and using good technique, the chances are you will see a few fireball class meteors, as
well as plenty of smaller meteors, which can be surprisingly impressive when seen from a good dark observing site.
I'd highly reccomend this years Persied meteor shower (on the nights between the 11th - 14th August, with the peak predicted on the night of the
13th/14th if I remember correctly), and spend a few nights (dusk till dawn) at good rural dark sky site if you can - you won't be board if the sky is
clear, and there is a very good chance you will see some impressive meteors and fireballs. Take a vacation if you have to, this year should be quite a
good year, although some are predicting even stronger activity in a few years time... there are lots of good oprtunities for you and any ATS
members/readers to see impressive displays coming up soon. Make the most of them - once they are gone, they are gone, and you won't have very much to
tell to your grandkids