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Shooting Star?
updated: Jan 29, 2014, 8:20 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Around 9:00 pm last night I saw a shooting star? I'm in Goleta and watched to the north. It was crazy because I watched it go over the horizon and saw a large flash after about 3 seconds of noticing it. Just curious if anyone else may have seen it?

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 COMMENT 490230 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 08:27 AM

I saw something too around that time but it didn't look like a shooting star, it hovered for a while, weird.

 

 COMMENT 490236 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 08:34 AM

Is this serious? There's shooting stars every night if you are watching.

 

 COMMENT 490240 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 08:38 AM

Yes I saw it I was on the freeway coming back from Ventura and saw a point of light I thought maybe it was a plane at first but it was moving too fast. I then thought maybe it was a reflection on my window so I moved my head and then it finally burned up. I have never seen a shooting star travel so far like that before burning up. That was awesome.

 

 COMMENT 490241 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 08:40 AM

On clear dark nights, you can look up over a course of an hour and see 20 shooting stars.

Try it.

 

 COMMENT 490243 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 08:42 AM

This observation sounds a little bigger than the 1 second shooting stars that we see every night.

 

 COMMENT 490259 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 09:14 AM

did you get a picture ?

 

 MACPUZL agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 02:03 PM

Here's where to look for other reports:

http://www.amsmeteors.org/fireballs/fireball-report/

 

 COMMENT 490465 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 07:53 PM

I saws it from my house in the foothills. It seemed to explode above San Marcos Pass in sort of a green bluish flash. Pretty cool. Not your typical shooting star.

 

 COMMENT 490517 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 07:43 AM

The colors you describe sound more like a small meteorite not a "shooting star". The former being an object penetating earths atmosphere and burning up right as you see it in earth time, the latter being a star burning up millions of light years away, probably occurring as long a 2 X 10/!0 million earth years ago or even longer and the light from it is just now reaching earth for you to see.

 

 MACPUZL agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 09:50 AM

517 - "Shooting star" is a term for a meteor. You're referring to supernovae, which don't move, and are generally not visible to the unaided eye.

A meteorite is a meteoroid that has survived to hit the ground.

A meteor is just the atmospheric event, the glowing air caused by ram heating when a high-speed meteoroid his the atmosphere.

 

 COMMENT 490583 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 10:27 AM

MACPUZL is right, 490517 is wrong ... not sure how someone can manage to be that mistaken about the term "shooting star". And what's with that bizarre meaningless numeric expression?

 

 COMMENT 490720 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 04:57 PM

Um...right. "Shooting stars" are, of course, our common term for small bits of space debris that burn up as they enter our atmosphere. I think most that we see are quite small - no bigger than a grain of sand. Often they are the particles shed by comets as they pass through our solar system. The reason astronomers can predict meteor showers is because they know when our planetary orbit will take us through one of the "dust trails" left behind by a comet. It's like clockwork. Anyway, given the duration of the display described by the OP (I only glanced up in time to see the end) and the intense blue/green colors I described in my earlier post, I would guess that the meteor was bigger than average - maybe pebble sized, who knows. But I'm pretty sure it wasn't an exploding star or it would have garnered bigger news than a few posts on edhat. :).

 

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