Skip to comments.Meteor seen across wide swath of Pacific Northwest
Posted on 02/19/2008 4:06:37 PM PST by GOP_Raider
SPOKANE, Wash. An apparent meteor streaked through the sky over the Pacific Northwest early Tuesday, drawing reports of bright lights and sonic booms in parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Although a witness reported seeing the object strike the Earth in a remote part of Adams County, in southeast Washington, it had not been found.
"I'm convinced it was a meteor," said Geoff Chester, spokesman for the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. "It was a classic description of a fireball."
Chester speculated the meteor was the size of a big suitcase and had been orbiting the sun for millions of years before entering Earth's orbit.
The Federal Aviation Administration said a private pilot reported seeing the meteor hit the Earth in a burst of light near State Route 26 and the Lind-Hatton Road about 5:45 a.m.
The Adams County sheriff's office had no immediate reports of damage, injury or a meteor landing in the area, about 175 miles east-southeast of Seattle and 90 miles southwest of Spokane.
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The Federal Aviation Administration said a private pilot reported seeing the meteor hit the Earth in a burst of light near State Route 26 and the Grover’s Mill overpass about 5:45 a.m.
Any of the Washingtonians see this? Oddly enough I was asleep when this thing fell from the sky.
Nah, one of the shuttle astronauts left the coffee cup on the shuttle roof after their last space walk.
Antediluvian lost luggage?
You sure it wasn’t her thighness on a late night broom ride?
Isn’t the eclipse tonight?
We do have very lenient gun laws here (well compared to the rest of America) for this very reason, so I would hope we would have noticed something like that. :)
But seriously though, I thought the eclipse was tomorrow.
Stop it yer scaring me !......:o)
Wasn’t tonight the night we were blowin’ up that old, broken piece of space junk before it hurled it’s cargo of frozen urine into our atmosphere?
Or was tonight the night we testing ‘aggressive nuclear weapons,’ per Russia?
Don’t these ‘Spokaniacs’ keep up on Current Events!? :)
Late Wednesday and Early Thursday: The Moon will be in total eclipse from 0301 GMT to 0351 GMT. This will be visible east of the Rocky Mountains in North America, as well as in all of Central and South America, West Africa and Western Europe. The zenith of totality is close to French Guiana.
It will be in partial eclipse from 0143 GMT to 0301 GMT, visible west of the Rockies and from the eastern Pacific, and from 0351 GMT to 0509 GMT, visible across the rest of Africa and Europe and much of South and West Asia.
Tuesday night: Streaking Fireballs
Wednesday night: Eclipse
Missle Defense Test Blow Satellite up
I'm on the other side of the world, so I missed it.
Thanks to GOP_Raider for the ping.
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Thanks. Gonna be good in the Big ol’ Texas sky!
Darn, missed it! Think we saw one a couple months ago though, much smaller but came across the road in front of us. It had trailing rainbow like colors. This was in Fife. Read a couple days later in the paper that there had been a meteorite.
I didn’t do it.
I’m spending tonight outside with my catcher’s mitt...
I live in Pasco WA and my bedroom lit up so bright at about 5:30 a.m. At first I thought it might be lightning but then saw nothing more. Then when I got on the computer this morning my daughter had sent me a notice from her work letting me know about the meteor. They had lots of pictures on the news tonight from various video cams around the Tri-Cities here.
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I saw it! I saw it!!
Absolutely amazing...it was at about 0630 eastern Idaho time and was just about due west of my position. It dissapeared behind the mountains and there were two large flashes at what appeared to be impact. I called a friend who works in the area to warn him of possible aliens that don’t speak English or Spanish.
I saw it...looked to me like it landed on Boise. If there are aliens, ask if they know how to play football...BSU can use all the help it can get.
I was in Salmon, Idaho and saw it at 0630...it was impressive and when it dropped behind the mountains there were two large, bright flashes at impact. COOL!!
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Saw it thanks. I was wondering why Cuttnhorse got up so late in post #28.
This is so cool.
LOL..... Lucky you, wow!!!
Happy Space Day to you, too!
Space Day is the first Friday in May.
Given the locations and directions of the video cams, it shouldn't be hard to triangulate the location of the hit.
Well, maybe the calendar says so, but today is Atlantis landing, satellite shootdown, lunar eclipse and last night’s meteor.
Much spacier than the official day :)
Plus we shot witch Hillary off her broom last night.
Happy Space Day, lol.
I was busy yesterday and dint get around to checking the source of all worthwhile information...Free Republic.
From Article: "The Federal Aviation Administration said a private pilot reported seeing the meteor hit the Earth in a burst of light near State Route 26 and the Lind-Hatton Road about 5:45 a.m.
"The Adams County sheriff's office had no immediate reports of damage, injury or a meteor landing in the area, about 175 miles east-southeast of Seattle and 90 miles southwest of Spokane."
Are you sure what you saw was the same thing? You say you saw it one hour later 0630 and according to the pilot he saw it hit land before it would have gotten that far. I saw the flash at around 5:30 a.m. and Adams County is just up the road from me.
My error. Actually after lookin at the map it would have come by you before it hit in Adams County. It must have been traveling from SE to NW. Is your time ahead of us though?
Depending on where you are...Salmon is Mountain time zone.
I saw it...but didn’t see it. I noticed everything lit up and looked out to see if a full moon came out from behind a cloud or something. It was bright enough to make me look. Didn’t see the meteor though.... :(