Originally posted by ooYODAoo
i would say maybe 15-20 minutes ago at the street light of le jeune avenue and nw 7th st, 2 meteors almost caused a multiple vehicle car
accident!..and i got front row seats to witness both of them!.......
I find this so puzzling myself too. If you should see some local news articles about it, can you come back and post links? Would love to see
I am very unintelligent about science and astronomy, so I won't be able to explain very well what I am about to say, but some research on the internet
could probably turn up a little better info than mine. Well, first of all, I did already check, and we actually are in the middle of a meteor shower
that lasts till the end of February. But, as you said, usually you don't hear about multiple huge fireballs, so that is the real stumper.
But what I was going to tell you all was (if you don't remember it), back in either 2000 or 2001, we were scheduled for one of those regularly
scheduled meteor showers that hit at certain times of the year. As, I said, I don't remember if it was 2000 or 2001, and I don't remember which month
either, but I do remember it was very cold, so it must have been winter (though no snow on the ground, so not sure if it was winter). There was
something special about this shower, though, and the scientists were aware, in advance, that it was going to be spectacular. Supposedly like you had
never seen, and it wouldn't be that specatular again for decades, (maybe a century, I don't remember).
I love to watch those things, unfortunately it was really foggy here, so I was very upset. My husband said not to worry, we would drive until we
found a place that wasn't foggy (isn't he great?). We live in central Indiana. We drove down to a state park that borders central/southern Indiana,
and miraculously it was suddenly clear. It was really late, like maybe 1 in the morning. Really only campers were supposed to be there, but we snuck
in and parked by one of the small lakes in the park. We wrapped up in a sleeping bag and laid on the hood of the car to watch the show.
I have been watching meteor showers for 40 years, and I have never in my life seen anything like it. It was almost like a cartoon it was so surreal.
Now, we did not see any giant fireballs like the one in Russia, or hear any sonic booms, so I want to make that clear. However, there were so many
meteors streaking across the sky (from all different directions) that you couldn't look fast enough to see them all. Any of you who watch meteor
showers regularly know you usually have to pick the spot in the sky they are supposed to be coming out of, you have to strain your eyes and wait
several minutes or longer, then maybe you will get lucky and see a few small, far off ones if you have waited long enough. Not this time. They were
everywhere, it was constant, they were large and bright, and several of them even made a hissing sound we could easily hear. Like I said, almost like
a cartoon or a fantasy.
So, unusual things are possible without it meaning anything scary, but still I find what is happening now a little scary. The reason is, like I said
before, scientists were telling people in advance about that shower I was talking about (that is how I knew it was worth driving for). Scientists
have made no mention of expecting these large fireballs. They are claiming it isn't unusual for it to happen periodically, but if all these reports
are true (Russia, Cuba, California, and now Florida), I find that very strange in and of itself, and even stranger that we are not getting a
sufficient comment from someone acknowledging that.
edit on 18-2-2013 by gidwa because: Well, forget the request for a news link. Now that my
comment posted I see that the one above me has a link.