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Meteor seen across wide swath of Pacific Northwest
Idaho Statesman (via AP) ^ | 19 Feb 2008 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS (AP)

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at idahostatesman.com ...


TOPICS: Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; idaho; meteor; meteorite

1 posted on 02/19/2008 4:06:40 PM PST by GOP_Raider
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To: Chief Engineer; Delphinium; EternalVigilance; Keyes2000mt; Sir_Ed; Knitting A Conundrum; ...
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FReepmail GOP_Raider to be on or off this list

2 posted on 02/19/2008 4:08:23 PM PST by GOP_Raider (With parting breath we'll sing that song "A Utah Man Am I" RIP GBH)
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To: GOP_Raider

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.


3 posted on 02/19/2008 4:08:38 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: sionnsar

Any of the Washingtonians see this? Oddly enough I was asleep when this thing fell from the sky.


4 posted on 02/19/2008 4:09:42 PM PST by GOP_Raider (With parting breath we'll sing that song "A Utah Man Am I" RIP GBH)
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To: GOP_Raider

Nah, one of the shuttle astronauts left the coffee cup on the shuttle roof after their last space walk.


5 posted on 02/19/2008 4:16:10 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: GOP_Raider
a big suitcase and had been orbiting the sun for millions of years before entering Earth's orbit.

Antediluvian lost luggage?

6 posted on 02/19/2008 4:43:54 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: GOP_Raider

You sure it wasn’t her thighness on a late night broom ride?


7 posted on 02/19/2008 5:16:10 PM PST by b4its2late (GITMO is way too nice of a place to house low life terrorists.)
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To: GOP_Raider

Isn’t the eclipse tonight?


8 posted on 02/19/2008 5:31:41 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Hillary Clinton - It's OBAMAS Party and She'll Cry if She Wants to?)
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To: b4its2late

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. :)


9 posted on 02/19/2008 5:32:53 PM PST by GOP_Raider (With parting breath we'll sing that song "A Utah Man Am I" RIP GBH)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
And that is not a "thread-hijack" cuz I didn't mention Ron Paul, Illegal Immigration, Gay Bathrooom Sex by politicians or the Moonies!

/h

10 posted on 02/19/2008 5:33:31 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Hillary Clinton - It's OBAMAS Party and She'll Cry if She Wants to?)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Ha Ha!


11 posted on 02/19/2008 5:34:11 PM PST by GOP_Raider (With parting breath we'll sing that song "A Utah Man Am I" RIP GBH)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
Isn’t the eclipse tonight?

But seriously though, I thought the eclipse was tomorrow.

12 posted on 02/19/2008 5:34:48 PM PST by GOP_Raider (With parting breath we'll sing that song "A Utah Man Am I" RIP GBH)
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To: tet68

Stop it yer scaring me !......:o)


13 posted on 02/19/2008 5:37:48 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: GOP_Raider

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!? :)


14 posted on 02/19/2008 5:39:23 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: GOP_Raider
You are right

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.

15 posted on 02/19/2008 5:50:25 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Hillary Clinton - It's OBAMAS Party and She'll Cry if She Wants to?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
That is Thursday night. So if the run down can be laid out:

Tuesday night: Streaking Fireballs

Wednesday night: Eclipse

Thursday night: Missle Defense Test Blow Satellite up

Friday: ???

16 posted on 02/19/2008 5:54:14 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Hillary Clinton - It's OBAMAS Party and She'll Cry if She Wants to?)
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To: Libertina; Gator113; Horusra; rahbert; luckymom; Paperdoll; gandalftb; acoulterfan; ...
Any of the Washingtonians see this? Oddly enough I was asleep when this thing fell from the sky.

I'm on the other side of the world, so I missed it.

Thanks to GOP_Raider for the ping.

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17 posted on 02/19/2008 6:54:48 PM PST by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
Eclipse is Wednesday night.
18 posted on 02/19/2008 6:56:20 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Thanks. Gonna be good in the Big ol’ Texas sky!


19 posted on 02/19/2008 6:59:10 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Hillary Clinton - It's OBAMAS Party and She'll Cry if She Wants to?)
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To: GOP_Raider

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.


20 posted on 02/19/2008 7:10:24 PM PST by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: sionnsar

I didn’t do it.


21 posted on 02/19/2008 7:36:31 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: tet68

Grover’s Mill?

Uh oh...

:-)


22 posted on 02/19/2008 7:37:33 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

I’m spending tonight outside with my catcher’s mitt...


23 posted on 02/19/2008 7:39:26 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: GOP_Raider

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.


24 posted on 02/19/2008 8:27:42 PM PST by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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Thanks Val for the article link in FReepmail. Turned out I didn't have to post it. :')
 
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25 posted on 02/19/2008 11:57:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/___________________Profile updated Tuesday, February 19, 2008)
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To: Vicki

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.


26 posted on 02/20/2008 6:15:48 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: GOP_Raider

Hi Raider,

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.


27 posted on 02/20/2008 6:17:31 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Spunky

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!!


28 posted on 02/20/2008 6:19:25 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Cuttnhorse; blam

ping and bump


29 posted on 02/20/2008 6:23:17 AM PST by txhurl
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To: txflake

Saw it thanks. I was wondering why Cuttnhorse got up so late in post #28.


30 posted on 02/20/2008 6:28:11 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Spunky

This is so cool.


31 posted on 02/20/2008 6:34:08 AM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: Cuttnhorse

LOL..... Lucky you, wow!!!


32 posted on 02/20/2008 6:35:15 AM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: blam

Happy Space Day to you, too!


33 posted on 02/20/2008 6:37:38 AM PST by txhurl
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To: txflake
"Happy Space Day to you, too!"

Space Day is the first Friday in May.

34 posted on 02/20/2008 6:45:33 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Spunky
They had lots of pictures on the news tonight from various video cams around the Tri-Cities here.

Given the locations and directions of the video cams, it shouldn't be hard to triangulate the location of the hit.

35 posted on 02/20/2008 6:48:26 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: blam

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 :)


36 posted on 02/20/2008 6:55:07 AM PST by txhurl
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To: blam

Plus we shot witch Hillary off her broom last night.


37 posted on 02/20/2008 6:56:50 AM PST by txhurl
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To: txflake

Happy Space Day, lol.


38 posted on 02/20/2008 7:05:34 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

I was busy yesterday and dint get around to checking the source of all worthwhile information...Free Republic.


39 posted on 02/20/2008 8:37:20 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Cuttnhorse
"I was in Salmon,Idaho and saw it at 0630"

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.

40 posted on 02/20/2008 9:02:42 AM PST by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: Cuttnhorse
"...and according to the pilot he saw it hit land before it would have gotten that far."

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?

41 posted on 02/20/2008 9:13:25 AM PST by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: Spunky

Depending on where you are...Salmon is Mountain time zone.


42 posted on 02/20/2008 10:02:00 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: GOP_Raider
TACOMA METEOR
43 posted on 02/20/2008 1:30:32 PM PST by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: Ramius
I’m spending tonight outside with my catcher’s mitt...

Good Luck!

:o)

44 posted on 02/20/2008 4:44:44 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Hillary Clinton - It's OBAMAS Party and She'll Cry if She Wants to?)
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To: Spunky

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.... :(


45 posted on 02/21/2008 9:43:18 AM PST by paulat (I'd rather spend my vote on someone who CAN ACTUALLY BE ELECTED)
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