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Meteor Streaks Over American East Coast 111

Posted by timothy
from the missed-the-memo-re-flyover-country dept.
California doesn't get all the action; The Washington Post is one of many news outlets reporting that the east coast of North America got a good view of a meteor, with more than 300 sightings from Canada to Florida. Did you see it? If so, did you have your dashcam on? Update: 03/23 13:43 GMT by T : The meteor was captured at least by some security cameras, as reported by The Guardian.
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Meteor Streaks Over American East Coast

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  • Did it make a sound? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by istartedi (132515) on Saturday March 23, 2013 @12:45AM (#43254803) Journal

    Unless it made a sound, it's no big deal. I've been lucky enough to witness one meteor that made a sound. It was during a Perseid shower 20 years ago. A particularly bright one lit us up enough to cast a shadow. I turned just in time to see the tail end of it, then I heard a sound. It was as if the show put on a finale for us. After that, they were all just tiny streaks and then the shower was over for us.

  • It was pretty amazing. I saw it in China town of Philadelphia. It was bright. Like a firework.

    actually I thought it was a firework until seeing this post, but the timing matches, and it was moving like a meteor.

    I've gone to very rural areas for meteor showers, and never seen anything like this, and it was in a fairly major city, and randomly.

    it was thicker, and sparklier than any I've seen, even with the light pollution.

  • by Grayhand (2610049) on Saturday March 23, 2013 @01:36AM (#43254963)
    We're talking three significant meteors within a few weeks at the same general latitude. Everyone will say they are unrelated but it seems possible. End of the world? Give me a break. I think it's more likely a minor cluster that haven't been identified. More of a curiosity than a threat. Without knowing the path it's impossible to know if they'd cross our path in our lifetimes again. If they are part of a loose association of asteroids odds are this is the tail end of it. I'd be curious if there were more air strikes than usual during this period? Like I say more of a curiosity than anything. The point is there are probably hundreds if not thousands of these mini clusters if that's what this is that remain unidentified. We may cross several every hundred years or so with no idea that's what's happening. Just wish I'd seen one of them!
  • Re:Too far (Score:5, Interesting)

    by The Master Control P (655590) <> on Saturday March 23, 2013 @03:09AM (#43255215)
    The Titanic had to sink before the fools listened to people saying "ships should have enough lifeboats for everyone, and the radio should always be on."
    Hundreds of people had to burn to death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire before the fools listened to progressives saying "locking the doors is bullshit."

    So yes, I fully expect that we're going to have to see a large city or small nation vaporized before the threat is taken seriously.

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