Was That a Meteor?

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Did I just see a large, brilliant meteorite from San Roque facing South/south west?! Wow, it was huge if so!  I looked up from my mailbox to see it, it disappeared immediately. Anyone else see it?
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a-1511569385 Oct 28, 2017 02:54 PM
Was That a Meteor?

Dang it, I missed it. Thanks to MacPuzzle, I spend even more time outside at night, stargazing. Our night sky was so fine the other night, we could see The Milky Way from our front yard (E. Valerio St.).

macpuzl Oct 28, 2017 03:14 PM
Was That a Meteor?

Thank you. It's very gratifying to hear that.

macpuzl Oct 27, 2017 10:05 PM
Was That a Meteor?

You're welcome! The Orionid shower is still active at a low level, and it's known for bright, fast meteors, so if it was moving generally NE to SW, that's a good bet. Otherwise, just a sporadic.

a-1511569385 Oct 27, 2017 09:51 PM
Was That a Meteor?

Thanks! I knew "meteor" was improper usage; thought I'd redeemed myself in the text. I much appreciate your checking the reporting sites for me, as I don't have them bookmarked and I would have trouble with the location anyway. I think it made me look up from the mailbox; how else would I have seen it? Whatever it was, it was extremely bright and disappeared as I looked up. Appreciate it, MacP, you're just who I wanted to hear from.

macpuzl Oct 27, 2017 09:19 PM
Was That a Meteor?

Didn't see it, but it's most likely a sporadic meteor. No fireball reports for California this evening at amsmeteors.org. No re-entering satellites on the aerospace page. The term meteor is used for the bright atmospheric event you see. A meteoroid is the particle that causes it. A meteorite is a meteoroid that survives to hit the ground.

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