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Posted on 04/06/2012 11:10:52 PM PDT by The Cajun

Just saw the most impressive meteor I’ve ever seen in my 65 years.
At 5 minutes past midnight was doing my usual walk around outside the house and tractor barn and saw a meteor about 45 degrees off of the northern horizon moving from east to west.
Had visual for approximately 5 seconds as it covered 1/3 of the sky.
Pretty slow compared to other meteors I have seen.
The front was orange-yellow and green towards the back.
What made it really unusual is that even with my old eyes, I could see debris, greenish in color, falling downward fairly close to the back of it.
My first impression was, holy crap, that's close.
Lost sight of it when a tree was in the way and couldn't regain sight of it when I ran to the backside of the tree.
I waited for a sonic boom, but heard none.
Could have been space junk, but that normally moves from west to east and this thing was moving from due east to west.

The only reason I'm typing this up is because I was really impressed with it, never saw a trail like that and one that apparently slow.


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: astronomy; catastrophism; science
Just saw the most impressive meteor I’ve ever seen in my 65 years. At 5 minutes past midnight was doing my usual walk around outside the house and tractor barn and saw a meteor about 45 degrees off of the northern horizon moving from east to west.
Had visual for approximately 5 seconds as it covered 1/3 of the sky.
Pretty slow compared to other meteors I have seen.
The front was orange-yellow and green towards the back.
What made it really unusual is that even with my old eyes, I could see debris, greenish in color, falling downward fairly close to the back of it.
My first impression was, holy crap, that's close.
Lost sight of it when a tree was in the way and couldn't regain sight of it when I ran to the backside of the tree.
I waited for a sonic boom, but heard none.
Could have been space junk, but that normally moves from west to east and this thing was moving from due east to west.

The only reason I'm typing this up is because I was really impressed with it, never saw a trail like that and one that apparently slow.

1 posted on 04/06/2012 11:10:57 PM PDT by The Cajun
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To: The Cajun

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2 posted on 04/06/2012 11:15:00 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: The Cajun

Interesting.

I haven’t seen any meteors. I did see some daytime UFOs with my wife but the details are both boring and unexplainable.

But if these are the pilots of the craft already underground, we all can and will blame you for the invasion!


3 posted on 04/06/2012 11:19:24 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: freedumb2003
Plain old meteor or maybe space debris. Just the best one I have seen.
Have see videos of slower ones, but this is the first one that lasted over a second or two that I've see myself.
4 posted on 04/06/2012 11:23:58 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun
see seen, idiot Cajun......Proof read, proof read, proof read!
5 posted on 04/06/2012 11:27:09 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun
That is very cool!

I've only seen one “falling star” so I have nothing to compare it to. But I thought it was a beautiful thing!

When I was in college I experienced something I've never been able to fully explain. I was driving home from work in a rough thunder storm. It was a country road with no street lights and there was an open field on one side, occasional houses on the other.

I had slowed to a crawl because I could not see 100 feet in front of the car. With no warning all the hair on my arms stood up and the field and even the car was lit with a neon blue flicker. My passenger, a girl I worked with named Connie had her shoulder length brown hair all statically-charge-stuck to the roof of my car! There was a very soft buzz sound that I could feel in the new filling in my tooth, but no thunder clap. It lasted 4-6 seconds, starting dim and increasing in intensity and then faded again.

It was SO cool.

My dad said it was probably ball lightening. I don't know! But Connie and I made a joke that if one of us developed ESP or grew antennae we would be sure and let the other know!

6 posted on 04/06/2012 11:41:27 PM PDT by Casie
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To: The Cajun

Do you have telekinetic powers now ?


7 posted on 04/06/2012 11:45:44 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Casie
This was the first one I have seen that was more than a little flicker of light with a short tail following directly behind and only lasting a second.
I actually saw some detail with the *green sparkles* falling downward.
Happy as all get out that I saw it.
8 posted on 04/06/2012 11:50:03 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Why no, but I now have the ability to detect wise-a**es a great distances, LOL!
9 posted on 04/06/2012 11:51:57 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

Thanks for posting the account of this. I love to watch for shooting stars.when I cant sleep I go find the utility trailer out back and lay thete watching the night sky


10 posted on 04/07/2012 12:02:59 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: The Cajun

Wow, wish I’d seen that :-)


11 posted on 04/07/2012 12:03:17 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: The Cajun

Sounds almost exactly like the one that my husband and I saw a couple of years ago...it was gorgeous.

Of course, at the time, part of your brain is saying “that’s beautiful!”...the other part is saying “good grief...what the heck is that...should I run?” LOL!


12 posted on 04/07/2012 12:09:26 AM PDT by garandgal
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To: gunsequalfreedom
When I was younger we would go out in the bayous and canals in the flat marsh in the middle of no where to bass fish and frog at night.
You could see from horizon to horizon, the belt of the Milky way and an unbelievable amount of stars and their colors with the naked eye, no light pollution.
You would always see several meteors during the night, very bright and fast, but nothing like this one.
Guess that's why I was so impressed with it even with the light pollution.
My house is well lit up outside and the backyard where I was standing has two 100 watt floods shinning and also a street light at the front and one at the side of the house and another at the barn.....Light pollution max.
13 posted on 04/07/2012 12:20:38 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: garandgal
I honestly thought I was going to hear a sonic boom, but I didn't.
Probably was a lot further away and higher than I was assuming.
Your distance perceptions can play tricks on you with stuff like this, especially with no reference points.
14 posted on 04/07/2012 12:26:26 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun
Probably was a lot further away and higher than I was assuming.

The one that we saw looked absolutely huge from our vantage point in Central Iowa...but it landed in Wisconsin.

15 posted on 04/07/2012 12:29:33 AM PDT by garandgal
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To: Casie

Sounds exactly like St. Elmo’s Fire!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Elmo%27s_fire


16 posted on 04/07/2012 12:59:47 AM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: Casie

I had a similar experience while sailing through a severe thunderstorm. It was daylight, so there was no visible light, but the rigging on my boat buzzed loudly. The rain from the storm missed us, but it was very windy though. My companion touched the main shroud and a spark 4” long zappped him.

He had a red whelt in his palm for days. Really spookie sail.


17 posted on 04/07/2012 1:35:12 AM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Islander7
Have been in my bass boat (fiber glass) where the hand railings begin to shock you, you know it's time to head in and take cover.
Another good sign is when your mono-filament fishing line doesn't drop in the water but floats in the air above it, you are being charged up dangerously.
18 posted on 04/07/2012 1:51:52 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

Record your Lat/Long position and the direction you were looking and the ascension/declination where you saw it. If you can find pieces of it, they’re worth money. Or you can report it to the meteor hunters and let them go find it.


19 posted on 04/07/2012 2:04:03 AM PDT by Samurai_Jack (ride out and confront the evil!)
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To: dragnet2

A few years ago i was driving over this small bridge in my home town when this fireball literally screamed directly past my windshield and into the darkness to my right.
It was unbelievable.
It was a fireball about the size of a washing machine that missed my car by like 5 feet.

If it was not for my bitch ex-GF in the car at the time nobody would have believed it.

The next day me and my buddy scoured the park next to the bridge for the meteor to no avail, it probably landed in the Charles river.

It really was an amazing experience though...


20 posted on 04/07/2012 2:21:11 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: The Cajun

21 posted on 04/07/2012 2:29:26 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant
LOL, saw what I saw Ace, nothing weird, just a meteor, but a good’en and the best’us I've ever seen :^)
22 posted on 04/07/2012 2:51:46 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: Samurai_Jack
Really think it burnt up in the atmosphere after I lost sight of it because of the tree.
If it had proceeded, I probably would have seen it going to the western horizon as I ran around back of the tree.
Wish I could have seen it burn up because it was brightening when I lost sight of it, atmosphere probably was really working on it.
Didn't see any ionization trail remnant, probably because of all the lights I have on around the house.
Seeing it in an area without light pollution would have been a kick!
23 posted on 04/07/2012 3:06:22 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: Casie
My dad said it was probably ball lightening.

That's what I was thinking. But did you see a glowing ball?

24 posted on 04/07/2012 3:56:11 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: The Cajun

Hey, Cajun....luvyabro, but pull out your dictionary.....

What you saw was not a meteor, but a meteorite - or satellite debris falling back to earth........

old Science teacher......


25 posted on 04/07/2012 5:07:27 AM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: Arlis
A meteoroid is a sand- to boulder-sized particle of debris in the Solar System. The visible path of a meteoroid that enters Earth's (or another body's) atmosphere is called a meteor, or colloquially a shooting star or falling star. If a meteoroid reaches the ground and survives impact, then it is called a meteorite.
26 posted on 04/07/2012 5:14:37 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: The Cajun

I saw one like that in 1987, around midnight, on I-64 between Richmond and Williamsburg, VA. It traveled south to north and was visible from North Carolina to New York. A huge fireball. Most people only get to see one or two like that in a lifetime.

Still reminds me of the words of Thomas Jefferson, “I can sooner believe that a couple of Yankee professors would lie than believe that rocks fall from the sky.” Even healthy skepticism is ocassionally proven wrong.


27 posted on 04/07/2012 5:19:25 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: The Cajun

I saw a fireball in West Virginia once. Was chaperoning for my daughter’s HS summer band camp. Each night, two chaperones had to sit out at the gate separating the girls’ lodging from the boys’. The chaperone mom was facing east, I was facing west. Clear, moonless night - perfect night for a camper rendezvous so we drank coffee to stay alert.

All of a sudden about 2:00am it streaked across the sky in front of me. It only stayed in view for a second or two before it disappeared somewhere into the WV mountains. I was the only one who saw it - the mom chaperone only saw a flash of light, and she thought someone had flashed a camera.


28 posted on 04/07/2012 5:19:53 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Arlis
Hey bro, back at ya.
Believe ya got that backasswards, meteor is the term used when they are still in the atmosphere, meteorite is the term used once the have crashed into the earth, meteoroid is the term used when they are still in space and not in the atmosphere.

Might be a dumb coon-ass, but got my eors, rites and oids all figured out...........Know what I mean?
Hope you didn't teach too many kids backasswards stuff..........Know what I mean?

29 posted on 04/07/2012 5:28:09 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

Do you realize, on a cosmic basis, how close you came to buying it? A space rock just came hurtling straight at you at 20,000 MPH and missed you by only a few miles. (Read my tagline).


30 posted on 04/07/2012 5:29:57 AM PDT by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: COBOL2Java; Lonesome in Massachussets; All

This is my photo shop representation of what I saw.
Tried to do it while it was still fresh in my mind.
The front end was a lot, lot brighter than I can represent.
The green and a few white sparkles were a lot, lot brighter also.
Seeing it dynamically moving, the sparkles would burn out and constantly be refreshed by new ones, kind of like a fireworks sparkler.
Would have thought the sparkle trail would have had more of a slant to it because of speed, but it didn't, struck me as kind of odd, but I have never seen one with this much detail.

*Any who*, that's basically how it looked.

31 posted on 04/07/2012 5:34:10 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: CalvaryJohn
Do you realize, on a cosmic basis

I never think in terms of a cosmic basis, heck I never think in terms of things north of I-10 :^)

32 posted on 04/07/2012 5:38:35 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

Pretty cool. You shoulda bought a lottery ticket that night! :-)


33 posted on 04/07/2012 5:39:47 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: COBOL2Java
Pretty cool. You shoulda bought a lottery ticket that night! :-)

Heck, I won $9.00 on the Mega Millions 600 million dollar one last week, that used up my good luck for the rest of the year, LOL.

34 posted on 04/07/2012 5:47:21 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun
Would have thought the sparkle trail would have had more of a slant to it because of speed,

Could be the "sparkle trail" are pieces that broke off at high altitude (and continued to break up) and are "flying in formation" with the main body. They will tend slow up more quickly because of the surface area to mass ratio is and hence drag relative to mass is much larger, creating the "slant angle" effect you were looking for.

A couple of Germans in the 18th century did triangulation measurements of meteors seen during a meteor shower and came up with a altitude of 100 km (60 miles) for the altitude at which meteor trails are visible, a number which has held up well in the modern era of radar and astrophotography. At 100 km the atmosphere is very thin and friction is a lot less than on earth, so the atmospheric braking is a lot less than one might expect.

Some meteors actually bounce off the atmosphere and continue back into space.

35 posted on 04/07/2012 5:51:28 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Could be the "sparkle trail" are pieces that broke off at high altitude (and continued to break up) and are "flying in formation" with the main body. They will tend slow up more quickly because of the surface area to mass ratio is and hence drag relative to mass is much larger, creating the "slant angle" effect you were looking for.

Now you got me thinking, could have been that way and I was just assuming they were *flaking* off the main body instead of flying in formation with it, interesting perspective.

36 posted on 04/07/2012 5:58:15 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: garandgal

I’d just be cussing myself for not having the right camera, out and ready, and recording the moment.


37 posted on 04/07/2012 6:01:24 AM PDT by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: The Cajun

I’ve seen (actually “analyzed”) radar tracks of the debris clouds from the Kosmos/Iridium collision and the USA-193/Aegis shoot down, as well as innumerable missile launches (and spent a couple months studying meteor trail backscatter clutter in HF radar) so your picture looked familiar, except you didn’t use matlab to draw it ;)


38 posted on 04/07/2012 6:14:59 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: The Cajun

The most impressive meteor I ever saw was at 29 Palms, CA in the mid 80’s. Our training exercise had ended for the day and I was getting ready to hit the rack. I was admiring the stars in the desert sky for a moment when I saw this fiery ball more or less stationary. It lasted for about 4-5 seconds and then disappeared. It didn’t streak across the sky and there was no noise. Just a circular ball of fire. My guess is I saw a meteor coming straight at my location that burned up high in the atmosphere.


39 posted on 04/07/2012 6:23:24 AM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: The Cajun
This video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZVBfiZvZos

might seem familiar. The difference in circumstances between a rock breaking up and loss of human life is stark, but the tracks are similar.

40 posted on 04/07/2012 6:27:26 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
LOL, actually I'm on my old clunker computer, 13 year old Gateway Pentium II 400Mhz running XP Pro and used 13 year old Adode PhotoDeluxe vs. 1 which is hardly compatible with XP.

Expecting a museum to call any day for the whole mess.

41 posted on 04/07/2012 6:29:24 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar
Thems the ones you worry about, no longitude or latitude movement, but they keep getting bigger and bigger.
Probably one of those situations where you would be correct in bending down, putting your head between your legs and kissing your a** goodbye :^)
42 posted on 04/07/2012 6:37:56 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

Gotta go find that Cajun.

43 posted on 04/07/2012 8:02:48 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: The Cajun; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...

Thanks The Cajun. The only one I've ever seen in daylight (summer 2002 I think, if not it was 2003), and really the only one I've ever seen worth mentioning, looked a lot like what you describe, including the seeming proximity, but like you, I heard nothing. A search turned up no news about any impact. The apparent size was such that its irregular shape could be made out as it tumbled in.




44 posted on 04/07/2012 9:27:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: The Cajun

Whooops! I stand corrected!


45 posted on 04/07/2012 9:41:18 AM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: The Cajun

The green burn is reportedly from a copper meteor.


46 posted on 04/07/2012 10:03:37 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: X-spurt
The green burn is reportedly from a copper meteor.

Yup and the orange sure reminded me of some form of sodium in a Bunsen burner flame from a few chemistry classes way back when.

47 posted on 04/07/2012 10:37:01 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Yeah, I'm going to check the papers and listen to the news tonight to see if I was the only yo-yo that saw it.
Think it burnt up before it hit the ground, but couldn't see because of the stupid tree.
It was getting very bright when I lost sight of it.
48 posted on 04/07/2012 10:45:19 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun
Wow, mean man! That was really cool, and so is your picture of what you saw.

Like just about everybody, I've seen a lot of meteors, but none that were that spectacular. It's neat that you got to see that.
49 posted on 04/07/2012 10:50:14 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: TheOldLady
Yup, took 65 years to see a good’un, all I have to do now is run up north where I can see the aurora borealis and I'll be content on my seeings :^)
50 posted on 04/07/2012 10:57:00 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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