View Full Version : I think we saw a meteor (close!) tonight
11-22-2008, 12:13 AM
The youngest and I were on our way back home tonight. Suddenly, a huge green ball of light (with a reddish "tail") comes zipping past us, overhead, from behind. It went into the trees just off the road, behind Bubba's BBQ, as I was passing it and it went out of my view. Nellie quickly plugged her nose and complained of a "stinky smell". (I have a cold so can't smell a thing right now.)
I was just coming here to post this and ask what it was, then saw the other meteor thread below. I watched the video and ours was similar but much, much closer -- just several yards off the road. Wild!!
11-22-2008, 11:16 AM
I heard tool boxes make great meteors........
11-22-2008, 11:53 AM
Aren't they cool, I saw a huge one years ago. I think they are called boloids. Chartreuse colored. I think its smaller, than a meteor. I've seen both.
If yours was close , and you smelled it,you might find it. They can be sold at auction for thousands. One mailbox that had a meteorite hole in it sold for thousands.
Google it up so the kids know what to look for. It could be a cool treasure hunt.
11-22-2008, 12:18 PM
I mentioned to Nellie at the time that it was either Amazon's new delivery method, shipping a toolbox to Bubba's, or E.T. was coming for a visit after hearing how good the BBQ is. I don't think she got it. :lol:
The smell thing surprised me. It makes sense but I'd never thought of meteors having an odor before. Nellie said it smelled like "skunk farts". :rolleyes:
11-22-2008, 02:09 PM
sulphur. You might have a small meteor remnant on your property. They are valuable.
If you have a dog, let it sniff around while on a leash. Check into the google sites to find out what most meteors are made of and look like. A good opportunity for a learning moment for your homeschooled kids.
11-22-2008, 02:42 PM
It's not on our property, nor anywhere near it. We were driving at the time and it landed on someone else's property. Snooping around on others' properties is enough to get a person shot in these parts so I think I'll just let it be. ;)
11-22-2008, 03:23 PM
Thought it could have fallen on your property.
Orionide meteors showers are visable at the end of October and into November. The orionids are trail debris left over from Haley's Comet. They are visible in many parts of the country.
11-22-2008, 04:09 PM
Did you read about the one falling in Canada at the same time boog and I believe Wales? Maybe there were a lot of parts falling all over.
Here we go link to the write up about the one in Canada
11-22-2008, 04:13 PM
Actually there were Leonid outbursts of meteor showers on November 17, 2008.
And there is a great cam photo shot of a large one falling in Edmonton in Canada. I think that is the one Sarrah mentions.
11-22-2008, 05:09 PM
Edmonton Meteor Footage
11-22-2008, 05:13 PM
Police dash cam of Meteor over Edmonton, Canada
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