sOnIc wrote:I'm thinking of the images of perseids taken from the ISS this year (above the meteor: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110817.html). If a large fireball streaks across the sky then an all-earth camera network would have captured it, night or day, no debate. And, this network of cameras would also have spectroscopic equipment so to gather information on the composition etc
sOnIc wrote:This is more what I mean tho, a 24/7 CCTV camera - "Canadian firm to put cameras on space station for live-time shots anyone can use":
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44245864/ns ... nce-space/
But need that to constantly cover the entire planet in wide-field, if a fireball happens we've got HD footage of it.
star-coyote wrote:I don't have an explanation, but I do have a question: the "thing" left a long trail that was very bright. Presumably it was therefore also pretty large and therefore heavy. How could it have left such a ~crooked~ trail? Every meteor I've seen has been a straight or gently curving bright line.
bacon55 wrote:I was under the impression that some of the jettisoned rocket components reach an altitude high enough to make at least an orbit or two before burning up.
But yes mostly carelessness (or more accurately, laziness), leads to many things being dismissed as natural phenomenon. We put a lot of stuff up there, and when it comes down, it doesn't burn like a usual meteorite.
I'm still at a loss to understand how burning various rather pure metals (based on recovered meteorite fragments) isn't going to lead to them burning in different colours.
Tell me with a straight face that an extremely bright green meteorite is normal...c'mon :)
RJN wrote:I just searched YouTube to see any videos of this have been posted. Here is one:
I don't think I can identify any background stars, which would orient this meteor in the sky. Also there is no detailed account of the time the video was taken, or the exact location it was taken from. Still, it is a start, and hopefully more detailed videos will show up.
htwhlzjnke wrote:I turned around to see a meteorite with a tail several miles long, and breaking apart leaving a brilliant orange, and yellow streak behind the comet like bright blue ball. It came down just about 3-4 miles from me at a 50-60 degree angle just short of the Gila mountain range on the west side.
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