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Meteor Streaks Over American East Coast

timothy posted about a year ago | from the missed-the-memo-re-flyover-country dept.

Space 111

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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111 comments

me thinks (3, Funny)

cultiv8 (1660093) | about a year ago | (#43254673)

russia got more action than california. just sayin'.

Re:me thinks (1)

owenferguson (521762) | about a year ago | (#43254723)

"California Girls." vs. "Back in the U.S.S.R."

Where that meteor land ? (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about a year ago | (#43255549)

Anyone knows ??

Re:Where that meteor land ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255777)

As soon as it lands it's no longer a meteor but a meteorite. Just saying.

Re:me thinks (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43254773)

I really don't like this new Microsoft-safe Slashdot.

It's just SO banal.

Re:me thinks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255607)

russia got more action than california. just sayin'.

100%. It's a little sad to see American news outlets grasping at straws here.

Re:me thinks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43257711)

Why troll?? They got more action, and it's a fact.

Well, I used to do that (-1, Offtopic)

Black Parrot (19622) | about a year ago | (#43254687)

at football games.

Too far (1)

physlord (1790264) | about a year ago | (#43254713)

Come on, this America vs Russia thing is getting too far. Whats next? Brag about what meteor was bigger, or brighter?

Re:Too far (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43254751)

In soviet Russia, earth strikes meteor!

Re:Too far (1)

richard.york (829554) | about a year ago | (#43255277)

In Soviet Russia, meteor strikes YOU! FTFY

Re:Too far (4, Funny)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#43254889)

If a meteor strikes a big city, then USA could start the War on Space. Will still be madness, but at least this time won't be thousands of civil casualties because of it.

Re:Too far (4, Insightful)

Endovior (2450520) | about a year ago | (#43255177)

That'd actually be a good thing, really. I mean, it's short-term terrible about civilian casualties and the destruction of a city and all, but long-term, the investments in space technology and meteor detection would be vastly more positive for everyone in general than any of these other wars have been.

Re:Too far (5, Interesting)

The Master Control P (655590) | about a year ago | (#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.

Re:Too far (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255293)

It is difficult to hit a small nation from the sky. The first casualties of a meteor strike will be from China, Russia, USA or India.

Re:Too far (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#43256407)

Is difficult to hit a specific small nation. And more important, is very difficult to hit a city, even or specially a big one,, with rich enough people live in it, to make governments worry about it. Odds are high that will strike ocean (and probably several did in the last decades, if weren't bigger than recent Russia ones) or deserted land.

But the problem are big ones. With them don't matter the exact point where it hits. And if you didn't invested to detect early or advance enough tech to be able to do something, will be nothing that you can do to avoid it.

Re:Too far (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43256541)

The larger the asteroid, the easier it is to detect (NASA has identified 95% of those with a diameter larger than 1 km). And the larger the asteroid, the lower the probability of impact. Thus, large asteroids are probably not something we need to worry about. For smaller asteroids, they will be harder to detect and more frequent. But they will also be less damaging.

I'd say that our current priorities are just fine. Civilization ending asteroids are being cataloged and we aren't wasting money on trivial probabilities with smaller asteroids.

Re:Too far (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#43258439)

Shit and black swans happens. And probably would had been mapped every grain of sand in the solar system with the money "invested" in wars which real justification is just profit of a few..

Too soon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43257571)

Can I vote that it not touch down in my back yard?

But if it's gonna land in the US, can you put it somewhere as close to Alabama or Arkansas as possible?

Re:Too far (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255861)

Yes, and how many people need to die from lightning before we build an iron dome to protect us from the weather?

Meteor impacts are very low probability events. Just because after thousands of years of human history we now are approaching the technology level to deal with meteors doesn't mean that the risk of meteors has changed. And if you are worried about extinction events, 99.999% of your attention should be focused on the ones that humans would cause (nuclear war, bioweapons release, etc.).

Re:Too far (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43256075)

Your post would've been modded '+5 Informative' if you had signed in. And many people aren't aware that mod points can be freely exchanged for bitcoins. (True fiction!)

Re:Too far (2)

doug141 (863552) | about a year ago | (#43257187)

Some low-probability events that did cause big changes in public policy: dying in a terrorist attack, having a kid get shot at school, dying in a plane crash.

horrible analogy (0)

circletimessquare (444983) | about a year ago | (#43257261)

the worst lightning strike will not cause the extinction of mankind, but there are asteroids out there that could do this

if you ignore lightning, people die every year from it in a statistically dependable way. so you can ignore lightning and personal tragedies may come and go, but there are no society level tragedies. ever

meanwhile, if you ignore asteroids, you could go 100,000 more years and never have a problem more serious than the tunguska event

or... the entire species could cease to exist in a few years

no one knows

the regular rate of devastating asteroid strikes is far far far lower than a lightning strike

but the potential scale of destruction of an asteroid strike is far far far higher than a lightning strike

people do this all the time: construct horrible, failed analogies to explain phenomenon in their world, then use the horrible analogies as a rhetorical or cognitive stand in for the phenonmenon, thereby misrepresenting twisting and otherwise lying about the meaning of the phenomenon

there has to be a term for this sort of horrible analogy failure in the realm of logic and rhetoric. it seems like a regularly recurring motif

for political causes, this sort of analogy failure is probably done on purpose by the malicious, and then taken as truth by the foolish

Re:horrible analogy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43257343)

Here is the question I want you to answer: if you were to build an asteroid detection program to detect extinction sized asteroids, what fraction of those asteroids would you try to detect? You can never detect them all, you can only have a confidence level. Would you detect 95% (already done). 99%? 99.99999% And if you don't spend every dollar on Earth to detect asteroids, tell me why you didn't and how you justified living with a threat that could destroy the entire species.

Re:Too far (1)

houghi (78078) | about a year ago | (#43258021)

Thousands of people had to die in a terrorist attack before we took airport security serious.

Re:Too far (1)

magarity (164372) | about a year ago | (#43259267)

Thousands of people had to die in a terrorist attack before we took airport security too serious.

FTFY

Re:Too far (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43257783)

Perhaps world's peoples needs something like this to unite as one...

Come meteorites, come!

Re:Too far (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255615)

Come on, this America vs Russia thing is getting too far. Whats next? Brag about what meteor was bigger, or brighter?

It's more about what qualifies as national news (or international as the case may be). WaPo perpetuates an America vs. Russia thing when they report on a bright shooting star like this as if it were as significant as the meteor in Russia last month.

A Nun Told Me (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43254719)

If anything bad happens, [they] deserve it !

Re: A Nun Told Me (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43254745)

I just finished playing hey diddle diddle, the dick and fiddle, your ads jumped over my cock. With your dad, of course.

BTW, I love watching your moms balls swing when I rail her from behind.

FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43254739)

Reporter):
Hello, everybody, this is your action news reporter with all the news that is news across the nation, on the scene at the supermarket. There seems to have been some disturbance here. Pardon me, sir, did you see what happened?

  (Witness):
Yeah, I did. I's standin' overe there by the tomaters, and here he come, running through the pole beans, through the fruits and vegetables, nekkid as a jay bird. And I hollered over t' Ethel, I said, "Don't look, Ethel!" But it's too late, she'd already been incensed.

  (Chorus)
Here he comes, look at that, look at that
There he goes, look at that, look at that
And he ain't wearin' no clothes

Oh, yes, they call him the Streak
Look at that, look at that
Fastest thing on two feet
Look at that, look at that
He's just as proud as he can be
Of his anatomy
He goin' give us a peek

Oh, yes, they call him the Streak
Look at that, look at that
He likes to show off his physique
Look at that, look at that
If there's an audience to be found
He'll be streakin' around
Invitin' public critique

(Reporter):
This is your action news reporter once again, and we're here at the gas station. Pardon me, sir, did you see what happened?

(Witness):
Yeah, I did. I's just in here gettin my car checked, he just appeared out of the traffic. Come streakin' around the grease rack there, didn't have nothin' on but a smile. I looked in there, and Ethel was gettin' her a cold drink. I hollered, "Don't look, Ethel!" But it was too late. She'd already been mooned. Flashed her right there in front ofthe shock absorbers.

(Chorus)
He ain't crude, look at that, look at that
He ain't lewd, look at that, look at that
He's just in the mood to run in the nude

Oh, yes, they call him the Streak
Look at that, look at that
He likes to turn the other cheek
Look at that, look at that
He's always makin' the news
Wearin' just his tennis shoes
Guess you could call him unique

(Reporter):
Once again, your action news reporter in the booth at the gym, covering the disturbance at the basketball playoff. Pardon me, sir, did you see what happened?

(Witness):
Yeah, I did. Half time, I's just goin' down thar to get Ethel a snow cone. And here he come, right out of the cheap seats, dribbling, right down the middle of the court. Didn't have on nothing but his PF's. Made a hook shot and got out through the concessions stand. I hollered up at Ethel, I said, "Don't look, Ethel!" But it was too late. She'd already got a free shot. Grandstandin', right there in front of the home team.

(Chorus) (Witness):
Oh, yes, they call him the Streak Here he comes again.
Look at that, look at that Who's that with him?
The fastest thing on two feet Ethel? Is that you, Ethel?
Look at that, look at that What do you think you're
He's just as proud as he can be doin'? You git your
Of his anatomy clothes on!
He's gonna give us a peek

Oh, yes, they call him the Streak Ethel! Where you goin'?
Look at that, look at that Ethel, you shameless
He likes to show off his physique hussy! Say it isn't so,
Look at that, look at that Ethel! Ethelllllll!!!
If there's an audience to be found
He'll be streakin' around
Invitin' public critique

Re:FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255713)

Meteor streaking, not human streaking!

Though despite it being downmodded as off-topic, I do appreciate your post. I finally learned some of the words to that old Ray Stevens novelty song. 9volt AM radios from the sixties didn't have the clearest sounding speaker. :-)

Re:FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT !! (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about a year ago | (#43255775)

Showing my age, but I actually remember when that was a hit on the radio.

i understand that meteors are neat and all.. (3, Insightful)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43254759)

But really now.. I have seen many fall this year driving home from work. One even lasted 5 seconds before burning out, and was brilliant white. (Saw it sometime in February.)

Do people on the coasts just have so much light pollution that anything other than a jumbojet or helicopter with running lights on causes excitement? Seriously, meteors happen all the time. The one that fell over russia was especially large, and had a lot of energy. That's why it was news. This one over the east coast just sounds like your garden variety to me.

What's all the buzz about?

Re:i understand that meteors are neat and all.. (3, Insightful)

Sperbels (1008585) | about a year ago | (#43254813)

Because most people never see one like that and don't realize it's fairly common. After the Russian incident, any bolide means THE SKY IS FALLING!! and they click on it. The buzz will die eventually.

Re:i understand that meteors are neat and all.. (4, Interesting)

AvitarX (172628) | about a year ago | (#43254869)

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.

Re:i understand that meteors are neat and all.. (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43254905)

Hmm.. sounds similar to the 5 sec one I saw in Feb then. It looked a lot like a white phosphorus shell, and was equally bright. Lit up the whole area, which is what caught my attention while driving home that night.

Prior to that, the brightest I had seen this year was a lovely green one that lasted about 1 sec.

Don't get me wrong, I don't to be bag on anyone, and 8sec is a very long lived object, but it still isn't anything to be seriously concerned about. Just smile because you got to see something cool, and move on.

*shrug*

Re:i understand that meteors are neat and all.. (1)

AvitarX (172628) | about a year ago | (#43256051)

Yes, that was absolutely what I did.

I was just trying to differentiate it from he ones that one sees regularly in more rural areas.

Re:i understand that meteors are neat and all.. (5, Funny)

The Master Control P (655590) | about a year ago | (#43255229)

it was thicker, and sparklier than any I've seen,

... Is this about a meteor or the porn version of Twilight?

Re:i understand that meteors are neat and all.. (2)

sjames (1099) | about a year ago | (#43255357)

Sadly, light pollution is a huge problem on the east coast and it's spreading. It has been a long time since the pink glow appeared in the sky where I live and it keeps getting worse. There are places where kids don't know you're supposed to see stars when you look up at night. It takes a fairly bright light to make an impression in a lot of places.

Re:i understand that meteors are neat and all.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255815)

I know, I am sitting in a urban-ish area, on skype with friends at like 1 in the morning, suddenly I see a shooting star that lasted for like 2-ish seconds and was brighter than a plane. (west of scotland)

And on that note, it is snowing again. I love Springter. Truly the best season.

OT: seasonal differences (1)

Will.Woodhull (1038600) | about a year ago | (#43257267)

You have Springter in Scotland?

Oh that sounds so nice. All we got here in Oregon is Second Winter.

Re:OT: seasonal differences (2)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year ago | (#43257491)

You have Springter in Scotland?

Oh that sounds so nice. All we got here in Oregon is Second Winter.

I googled 'springter' and it's in the urban dictionary...

1. Springter

(noun) 1. when winter just won't let go and spring should be here but you're experiencing multiple blizzards and making more snowmen in one week than you did all winter 2. when you see green grass peeking through the snowpiles 3. when your windows are open to let in a fresh spring breeze but you are still wearing mittens and scraping your windshield.

On March 31st we had another blizzard, Springter is finally here!

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Springter [urbandictionary.com]

Re:i understand that meteors are neat and all.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43256403)

Light pollution is really bad in cities. Driving just 10 miles outside of the city I live in looks like a whole different sky at night. Most of those meteor showers we hear about, well around here your lucky to see just one or two streaks in the sky during the apex of the shower.

Re:i understand that meteors are neat and all.. (1)

Cognizant (2791467) | about a year ago | (#43256409)

My wife and i both saw this one from the back yard here in Bradenton, Fl. While i see quite a few of them myself this one was pretty bright. Short only lasting a few seconds. What makes it stand out to me was even through tree branches it was a pretty bright flash of light. Much brighter than normal compared to the dozen or so I've seen in the last few months. and there is a lot of light pollution here.

Did it make a sound? (5, Interesting)

istartedi (132515) | about a year ago | (#43254803)

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.

Re:Did it make a sound? (1)

kangsterizer (1698322) | about a year ago | (#43255225)

i had of the kind, at night, where it actually lights the place around up quite a bit. we all looked at ourselves and all thought "ok, so, that's whats the end of the world is like". then it fell in the ocean somewhere, sufficiently far enough away. Biggest i've ever seen.. and hopefully i'll ever see. we were all grown ups, yet all scared :P

Re:Did it make a sound? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255333)

Where was the ka-boom? There's supposed to be an earth shattering ka-boom!!!

Re:Did it make a sound? (1)

rusty0101 (565565) | about a year ago | (#43255581)

Hey Doc, can you point me to the local u-drive-em spaceship rentals?

Re:Did it make a sound? (1)

ShaunC (203807) | about a year ago | (#43257225)

It was more like a KAPOOYA [youtube.com] .

Re:Did it make a sound? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255643)

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.

In Utah we had a meteor that lit up the night sky so that it appeared to be daylight for a brief moment along with a loud explosion. It was a local news story.

wish i'd seen it (3, Informative)

wbr1 (2538558) | about a year ago | (#43254833)

I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing a fireball meteor in the earlghty 90's. I was 13 or so and night fishing. Saw light on the trees across the lake. Thought it was headlights at first, then realized it wasnt. It streaked overhead, then it was gonee behind the trees. Then there was a flash. After came the sound. Scared me a bit at first. Gave me my love of astronmy though.

Re:wish i'd seen it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43254871)

Hi, William Shatner (I'd recognize. That distinctive. Conversational style anywhere.)

earlghty 90's

gonee behind the trees

my love of astronmy

Too bad you lost your vision from the blinding light; it would help you with proofreading posts.

Re:wish i'd seen it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255995)

Grammar trolls are among the lowest form of trolls.

Re:wish i'd seen it (1)

Will.Woodhull (1038600) | about a year ago | (#43257393)

Grammar trolls have other trolls to bother and to bite them...

Besides, it is not "grammar trolls". It is "grammar nazis". A grammar troll would be someone whose intensive purposes were to cause a Gentle Reader to transform into a Grammar Nazi and reply thusly.

....?

Oh Noes! I have been grammar trolled!

Re:wish i'd seen it (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | about a year ago | (#43256139)

I was typing on a phone. I even saw my errors, but the jscript on /. makes my browser act funny when trying to select text or move the cursor. It gets fairly unresponsive and touches don't go where you would expect in the textarea box. So I decided not to fix them as it was readable enough. In real life my profundity, vocabulary, and prolixity would leave your jaw agape and your knickers twisted.

Conspiracy (5, Funny)

pitchpipe (708843) | about a year ago | (#43254903)

It's a well orchestrated conspiracy by astrophysicists to vastly increase their government funding. These fat-cat scientists must be stopped now!

Re:Conspiracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255021)

Careful there... Rand Paul will start a fillabuster about Obama dropping meteors on US Citizens without probable cause.

Re:Conspiracy (3, Funny)

The Master Control P (655590) | about a year ago | (#43255247)

If they can control meteors and fly them into earth at will, we should give them the money. I mean really, let's be realistic here.

Re:Conspiracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255417)

If they can control meteors and fly them into earth at will, we should give them the money. I mean really, let's be realistic here.

Will it end the horror? Well, okay then.

Re:Conspiracy (4, Funny)

Jherek Carnelian (831679) | about a year ago | (#43255467)

If they can control meteors and fly them into earth at will, we should give them the money. I mean really, let's be realistic here.

We do not negotiate with meteorologists!

Re:Conspiracy (2)

rusty0101 (565565) | about a year ago | (#43255585)

Astrologers on the other hand...

Re:Conspiracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43256405)

Hey, it worked for climatologist.

Re:Conspiracy (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about a year ago | (#43257231)

politicians and the news media are fanning the fires of fears of a massive strike, the astrophysicists have already won.

Three notable meteors close together (1, Interesting)

Grayhand (2610049) | about a year ago | (#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:Three notable meteors close together (2)

black3d (1648913) | about a year ago | (#43255637)

Not even a cluster - a meteor this size occurs several times a day naturally. The Russian one was more notable as it only occurs a few times a year. That being spotted was, in itself, fairly rare as most of the planet is unpopulated.

If this had occurred during daylight (when, approximately half do) it wouldn't have been spotted. As bright as the moon is not, generally, bright enough to see in sunlight, unless you happen to be looking at the right spot (that's not to say you can't see it during the day sometimes, but when the moon is in full light, that means the sun is at a fairly low angle - it's not that 'bright' yet). For it to happen at night, in a populated area, makes it uncommon, but as these occur several times a day, not that amazing. The fact that it occurred over the East Coast of America simply means ZOMG MEDIA FRENZY.

I've been lucky enough to see 6 or 7 large fireballs in my lifetime, most recently including this one [youtube.com] over Sydney (not my video - at least I believe that's the one I saw, it was around that time of the year, had some minimal media coverage) and this one [youtube.com] over New Zealand which (again, presuming thats the same one I'm thinking of) exploded into several pieces and was accompanied by a great series of sonic booms. I'll usually see at least one regular meteor (ie, shooting star) a night just gazing at the sky. (Smoking ciggies leads to a lot of time spent outside in evenings.)

Don't worry - not a cluster. An everyday occurrence for planet earth. Just not an everyday occurrence for each of us. :)

Isn't it time... (4, Funny)

DaHat (247651) | about a year ago | (#43254971)

...for common sense meteor control?

We cannot stand by and let these senseless meteors fall upon our great world... no! We must pass laws to require all meteor's that wish to pass within a parsec of us undergo a background check.

More so, we must declare the surface of the earth a "meteor free zone" and let it be known far and wide... that we do not allow meteor violence here!

Re:Isn't it time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255011)

Yes - think about the children!

Re:Isn't it time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255877)

The next Mars rover should install a "Meteor Crossing" sign. That should be a safe distance away, and a large strike would make mining costs cheaper.

Re:Isn't it time... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255935)

The TSA has said they will allow meteors to carry knives of 2.73" or less into the atmosphere

Re:Isn't it time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255977)

The Onion reported that the TSA is now allowing "small terrorists" onto planes. :)

Re:Isn't it time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255981)

I'm OK. I live in a 'Stand You Ground' state

Ghost Protocol (1)

walkerreuben (2837841) | about a year ago | (#43255141)

Clearly what happened is the Americans fired an atomic missile at the Russians, but they managed to stop it, and then the Russians tried the same trick on the Americans, but they managed to stop it as well. Either that, or it turns out that these fancy atomic things don't work as well as they used to. Or for those who want a conspiracy theory, they're actually releasing mind altering chemicals. Or the alien version would be that they're probes for the coming mothership. For the 2012 fan, sorry, they messed up the maths. They meant 21st of December, 2013.

Not very spectacular (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255179)

Saw a much more spectacular and sky lighting up meteor in southern wisconsin 3 years ago which would comparably put this one to shame, But I suppose after the russian one, one becomes fearful of such events.

no, no I did not (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about a year ago | (#43255211)

its heavily overcast here and I am hundreds of miles from the east coast ya douche

They are UFOs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255217)

As simple as that.

Boom (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255241)

When I was around 4 or 5 and leaving out in the fields, I heard what I later learnt was a rather large Meteor that landed in a cornfield. It sounded like multiple sonic booms, or a really really load Motorcycle hog failing to start.

No explosion? (2)

roman_mir (125474) | about a year ago | (#43255257)

No huge explosion?
No shattered windows?
No collateral damage?
No pieces on eBay yet?
Lame.

Professor Frink says... (2)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year ago | (#43255317)

PROFESSOR FRINK: "That comet is headed straight for us, with the fire and the impact and the 100% chance of pain... pain in the glaving!"

KENT BROCKMAN: "Professor, without knowing precisely what the danger is, would you say it's time for our viewers to crack each other's heads open and feast on the goo inside?"

PROFESSOR FRINK: "Yes I would, Kent."

UFO? Aliens? Conspriacy Theory? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255377)

I hope not :-(

USATODAY story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255393)

by Melissa Eversly, 2:20 am EDT March 23, 2013

A possible meteor has been spotted streaking through the sky over the East Coast, The American Meteor Society and Twitter users are reporting.

"It basically looked like a super bright shooting star," said Robert Lunsford, fireball coordinator for the society, based on the reports coming in to the organization's website. "I saw some people mentioning fragments and naturally every color of the rainbow."

The society, based in Geneseo, N.Y., was researching about 400 reports received as of about 10 p.m. ET Friday from nine East Coast States and Canada of sightings that took place somewhere shortly before 8 p.m. ET through shortly after 8 p.m. ET, Lunsford said. The number of reports marked a possible record over the number of reports the group received about a fireball that streaked over Baltimore on Halloween several years ago, Lunsford said.

Late Friday, Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environmental Office said the flash appears to be "a single meteor event." He said it "looks to be a fireball that moved roughly toward the southeast, going on visual reports."

"Judging from the brightness, we're dealing with something as bright as the full moon," Cooke said. "The thing is probably a yard across. We basically have (had) a boulder enter the atmosphere over the northeast."

Twitter exploded Friday evening with reports of meteor sightings from the South to New England.

Some Twitter users also reported that the meteor crashed somewhere near the Delaware-Maryland border, but the society had no information on that, Lunsford said.

AccuWeather.com (@breakingweather) tweeted that there have been several unconfirmed reports of a large meteor being spotted from Florida to Massachusetts between 7:55 p.m. and 8:03 p.m. ET.

Reports of a fireball that streaked over the Albany, N.Y., area shortly before 8 p.m. headed south or southeast was reported by Examiner.com.

The fireball was green and had a "fairly long tail," the Examiner reported, adding that it lasted for a few seconds.

Lunsford of the American Meteor Society said it is more common for meteors to cross the sky in the evening this time of year because a certain area of the sky known as a radiant is at its highest point above the horizon during February, March and April.

"We have reports going back to 2005, and the months of February, March and April have a lot of evening fireballs," he said.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/22/meteor-east-coast/2011893/ [usatoday.com]

Dashcams? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43255447)

Who the f*** in America has dashcams? Yeah, I know in Russia pretty much anyone who can afford to own a car has a dashcam more or less for accident and insurance purposes, but here it is pretty much unheard of. (And yes, I'm sure there are exceptions, but at least in my experience no one I know has dash cams yet). I'm sure that will change in the future as devices become more ubiquitous.

Re:Dashcams? (1)

Skapare (16644) | about a year ago | (#43256671)

I was planning to buy one soon, but it was a GoPro one and now I'm boycotting GoPro.

Meteorite composition? (1)

aussie.virologist (1429001) | about a year ago | (#43255655)

I noticed a lot of the comments saying that the tail was blue/green with a white/ yellow explosion. Is there anyone in the know who can comment if this gives an indication of the meteorites' composition. Green maybe indicating copper content, yellow maybe Sulfur? If so can you use the colour of tail upon entry to identify meteorites that have the same colour as being of the same origin? Just thinkin'

Re:Meteorite composition? (2)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year ago | (#43255759)

I noticed a lot of the comments saying that the tail was blue/green with a white/ yellow explosion. Is there anyone in the know who can comment if this gives an indication of the meteorites' composition. Green maybe indicating copper content, yellow maybe Sulfur? If so can you use the colour of tail upon entry to identify meteorites that have the same colour as being of the same origin? Just thinkin'

Wikipedia: Most meteors glow for about a second. A relatively small percentage of meteoroids hit the Earth's atmosphere and then pass out again: these are termed Earth-grazing fireballs (for example The Great Daylight 1972 Fireball). The visible light produced by a meteor may take on various hues, depending on the chemical composition of the meteoroid, and the speed of its movement through the atmosphere. As layers of the meteoroid abrade and ionize, the color of the light emitted may change according to the layering of minerals. Possible colors (and elements producing them) include:

Orange/yellow (sodium)

Yellow (iron)

Blue/green (copper)

Purple (potassium)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteoroid [wikipedia.org]

Re:Meteorite composition? (1)

aussie.virologist (1429001) | about a year ago | (#43255819)

Cool, thanks SternisheFan, good ol' wiki :) I wonder if it would be possible to record the spectra of light being emitted and then match other meteors with the same spectral pattern. If the fragments that have been hitting lately all have the same colour pattern it may imply that they came from a single source. It's probably already being done, I'm a virologist not an astronomer so I don't know about these things. Surely we have enough high quality "scopes" recording what is going on in the upper atmosphere to compare data. Cheers.

Re:Meteorite composition? (0)

ae1294 (1547521) | about a year ago | (#43256141)

Cool, thanks SternisheFan, good ol' wiki :) I wonder if it would be possible to record the spectra of light being emitted and then match other meteors with the same spectral pattern. If the fragments that have been hitting lately all have the same colour pattern it may imply that they came from a single source.

Stop trying to deceive us with your science! We all know that god is angry, probably about gay marriage or Obama-care... We'll all just have to wait for the Oracle at FOX News to reveal the truth behind gods rage. God loves us and he'll fucking kill us all if we don't stop letting people do whatever makes them happy...

I saw it! (2)

PeeAitchPee (712652) | about a year ago | (#43255953)

I was out walking my dog (about 25 minutes northeast of downtown Baltimore, MD) and happened to be facing the right way (north). I saw a large, very bright light green meteor with a yellow tail streak across the sky, moving east. It lasted about four or 5 seconds and didn't make a sound. It was beautiful . . . I've never seen anything like it!

Re:I saw it! (1)

x_t0ken_407 (2716535) | about a year ago | (#43256053)

You lucky bastige!

Re:I saw it! (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | about a year ago | (#43256157)

I was out walking my dog (about 25 minutes northeast of downtown Baltimore, MD) and happened to be facing the right way (north). I saw a large, very bright light green meteor with a yellow tail streak across the sky, moving east. It lasted about four or 5 seconds and didn't make a sound. It was beautiful . . . I've never seen anything like it!

There is no earthly way you could have known which way to be facing to see this which means you must be a WITCH! BURN THE WITCH!!!

Re:I saw it! (1)

lazy genes (741633) | about a year ago | (#43258623)

I have seen green ones before. It was probably just a piece of debris from a satellite.

Dont worry. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43256417)

Its just holograms. They will increase the rate of these over time, and eventually the fake hologram aliens will arrive too.

Anyone have an actual video file ... (1)

Skapare (16644) | about a year ago | (#43256659)

... that can be downloaded of this thing? Formats like dirac, mp2, mp4, ogg theora, vp8, are fine. I need to play it in mplayer.

Guardian – or Telegraph? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43256891)

Quite different papers

Too Bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43257501)

Air Force One and Obama were in Jordan; Obama needed to check on the illegal rendition and torture "pretties" that his government so disparately needs to maintain the "Balance Of Terror."

Streaks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43257639)

Does it have a big dongle?

"as reported by The Guardian." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258583)

Anyone who knows how politically opposed the Telegraph is to the Guardian's point of view will find this funny, but seriously, you don't have to know anything about foreign newspapers to not make a mistake like this, you just have to be able to fucking READ. The clue is in the big title in huge letters at the top of the page.

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