Meteor?

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Unbelievably large comet-like fireball with long, fiery tail streaks across northern sky at 8:30pm. Improbably close, yet absolutely silent. Four or five seconds from beginning to end, when it disappeared without a trace in a low, descending arc towards earth! I've never seen anything like it!

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macpuzl Sep 18, 2019 12:54 PM
Meteor?

Because there seems to be some confusion in terms here: ============================================================================= A comet appears as a relatively faint (usually) grayish smudge moving very slowly over a period of days or weeks across the sky, sometimes with a visible tail. Comet comes from the ancient Greek for "long-haired star". ============================================================================= A meteoroid is a chunk of stuff, usually from an asteroid or comet, that enters the Earth's atmosphere. ============================================================================= A meteor is the visible glow produced when a meteoroid, with its high relative velocity of miles per second, ram heats the air in front of it, causing the air to fluoresce. This usually occurs at an altitude of 70 miles, even if it appears close. If the meteor is close, you will usually hear a sonic boom or rumble. A meteoroid the size of a grain of rice will produce an impressive meteor. Very large meteors that appear to fragment or explode are called fireballs or bolides. ============================================================================= A meteorite is a meteoroid that has survived passage through the atmosphere and landed on Earth. It is estimated that between 50 and 100 tons of such material comes down each day. Most of it is small (dust grain sized), and most ends up in the ocean.

macpuzl Sep 18, 2019 12:27 PM
Meteor?

Please file reports with the American Meteor Society here: https://www.amsmeteors.org ======================================================================= One of the preliminary reports of this event is here: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/report/178257

nope Sep 18, 2019 11:31 AM
Meteor?

Yes! 8:3o last night, the main act had just come on at the bowl and I happened to be looking up at the stars. It looked like a regular distant shooting star at first but just kept going and then grew much larger and burnt up. went from right to left right across the stage, can't believe the whole crowd didn't see it.

drellim Sep 18, 2019 11:19 AM
Meteor?

It was seen from Willows in Nor Cal to Santa Barbra Ca Looks like it fell in the Pacific There was even sound from it must of been larger than most

Potif Sep 18, 2019 10:59 AM
Meteor?

I believe that meteors seen like that, are what we usually refer to as 'shooting stars'. Even though it IS a meteor... It 'appears' to be a rapidly moving star ;)

Lolasmama Sep 18, 2019 10:33 AM
Meteor?

YES! It was amazing to see. I thought it was a shooting star but the person I was with said meteor, too big and fast for a shooting star. We saw it around 9:05pm, driving northbound on the 101 by Fairview, so maybe more than one fell from the sky?

jqb Sep 18, 2019 11:36 AM
Meteor?

"I thought it was a shooting star but the person I was with said meteor, too big and fast for a shooting star" Um, a "shooting star" is a meteor. And what do you think that a "shooting star" is if you think that it is *smaller* and *slower* than a meteor?

lindsayg805 Sep 18, 2019 10:28 AM
Meteor?

Yes!! We saw it while driving down Modoc around that time. It was an incredible sight to see!!!

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