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stoneunhinged
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...I saw a meteorite. (Maybe the connection isn't obvious.)

Three nights ago, I saw one that seemed so close that I could almost see the burning rock. The tail was VERY long, and I could see sparks coming off the meteorite itself. It was--by far--the most spectacular thing I've ever seen in the sky. It shot out of my field of vision, and I thought: am I gonna hear a bang of some kind? It was that close! Perhaps only a mile or two away from my eyes.

Anyone here with a similar experience?
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No, but that sounds awesome!
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Very nice Jeff. What you saw is probably a fireball. It is a wonderful experience.
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Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

My neighbor rang my doorbell at 2:30 a.m. this morning, can you believe that, 2:30 a.m.!? Lucky for him I was still up playing my drums.
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Almost every year at the end of July/beginning of August my wife and I go camping in the Sierra Nevada specifically to see the Perseid meteorite shower; this year we spent a few days in the White Mountains before going to the Sierra; we got to see dozens of meteorites.
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On 2013-11-28 13:26, Bob1Dog wrote:
Or this?

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/comet-i......21041610


No, Bob. I was watching the thing MOVE! It was like watching an airplane in the night sky, except it was a burning fireball with a long tail.

Way cool, and nothing I had ever seen before.
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That's pretty amazing!

I remember years ago when I spent a lot of time in Montana, my wife and I used to camp out on the Madison River. On a clear night you could look up and see thousands upon thousands of stars. If you fixed your eyes long enough in one position you'd see a "shooting star." They were a common occurrence; probably still are. They would last a second, if that long and in your field of vision, maybe it was a half inch to an inch. So they were really out there.

The one you saw must have been incredible, a once-in-a-lifetime event that close in. Way cool is right.
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

My neighbor rang my doorbell at 2:30 a.m. this morning, can you believe that, 2:30 a.m.!? Lucky for him I was still up playing my drums.
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Fireballs are more common than you would think. Astronomers, including backyard astronomers, see them from time to time. The more time you spend looking at the sky, the more often you see such things.

A couple of years ago, we had a very large fireball streak across the city during the evening rush hour. I as in a perfect location to see it from my car window a few seconds before the fireball and a few seconds after, but I missed it because I was on the exit ramp at precisely the wrong time Smile

But the incentive should be to keep looking up. With two decent comets near us and the sun, there is a greater chance of seeing meteors of all descriptions right now. Couple this with the Geminid meteor shower in Mid-December, and it's just a very good time to get out at night and look around.

Great sighting Jeff.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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I've never seen anything that spectacular, but I have noticed that, if you are just patient and watch the night sky for ten to fifteen minutes on most any clear night, you can see a "shooting star".
Things are more like they are today than they've ever been before...
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When I was at sea in the Mediterranean on a Navy ship running dark in the middle of the night, I saw shooting stars all of the time against a background of more stars than I'd ever seen. And looking down into the ocean were the most beautiful luminescent sea creatures. It was literally like being in a magical world.
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I don't believe in meteorites. Or shooting stars, or luminescent sea creatures.

Never seen one land in my backyard, never seen a picture of one... and with all those cell phones out there, shouldn't some one have captured one on film by now?

And what with all the expert astronomers looking at the WHOLE SKY 24/7... if these things were real, wouldn't astronomers report seeing these like *all* the time?

Oh! Oh! And the Condon report, which is THE latest word and absolute cutting edge of current information, concluded that there's no credible proof of their existence or threat to national security.

Besides, only white trash, crazy alchoholics that cluster to drink at bars, or at home, get abducted by biker gangs while resting on their faded laurels of days gone by... All the while keeping us safe from critical thinking by armchair quarterbacking reality for the rest of us.

Isn't it great to be filled with a smug sense of self satisfaction from a nice, comfortable, no-thought-necessary safe world?

We owe them a *huge* dept of gratitude for setting us all on the straight and narrow path and supporting the march of progress with such a careful dogmatic approach that allows no room for error or things that fall outside the purview of the free blinders attached to the sides of their glasses...

But then of course 'they' have 'secret knowledge' from 'unnamed sources' that it's 'all a conspiracy' by the Drunkinati involving the assassination of JFK with a weather balloon masquerading as Project Mogul filled with swamp gas that fired the fatal shot on the grassy knoll in response to faking the moon landing and any apparent scientific progress since then.

Makes me wanna get a sandwich at a segregated bar, you know. The good old days! I may even celebrate my machismo by slapping a waitress on the butt and calling her 'Sweetie' or 'Honey'. Hurrah!

But really, we should all take a moment to be thankful for these 'open minded' people, watchdogging the country for the rest of us... challenging our opinions and new fangled 'enlightened' thinking and convictions. But hey, get enough liquor and you're an instant expert that can quote outdated data, burn straw men like kindling and can shove anyone into a nice comfy labeled box... and a cattle car too!

Terrible what 'those' people would do to the country if they had half a chance. Darn Reds. Better build up our arsenal to protect from the Commies!

Buncha long haired hippy freaks, if you ask me.

After all, the earth is flat and balanced on the back of a giant turtle... everyone knows that! The Church says so!

Besides, how can a comet hit us or even come close when God has ordained that we are the only intelligent life in the universe on the only planet that is graced by His and 'their' presence?

Bloody good thing they're here to keep us all on the straight and narrow. God forbid we should start challenging the status quo and thinking for ourselves... next thing you know you've got women voting, wearing pants... wanting jobs... *shudder*

Of course it does explain the liquor shortage in New Jersey... of course that's just a conspiracy too.

*fingers to lips*

Shhhh... don't tell anyone. It's a secret.
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