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Bolides you see typically won't do much when they hit the ground. Exceptions are very rare like the Tunguska impact in 1908 but that was likely a large object, where impacts that large might occur only once every 500 years. Even that one didn't leave any crater that was ever confirmed, though the mid-air explosion was powerful enough to flatten a forest of trees.
originally posted by: FunshineCD
No. Bummer too. I usually get up pretty early and always look too the sky hoping to see something. I think the neatest thing I have ever seen was a meteorite, like I swear I could hear it and see sparks coming off of it. Sounded and looked like a bottle rocket thing as it passed over. Maybe it was but I don't think so. I was expecting an explosion when it hit ground but it was probably travelling so fast it landed on the other side of the lake.
Any aircraft becomes unidentifiable if it's far enough away, it will eventually just look like a dot. If it's lighted you'll just see a light. If your camera is out of focus or if your eyes aren't focusing well (maybe don't have your glasses on or need better glasses), the light becomes an "orb".
originally posted by: Blue Shift
Arthur C. Clarke once said that he didn't "believe in UFOs" because he had seen too many of them. He's not wrong. They're all over the place if you look.