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Did anyone see a meteor(ite) come through the atmosphere about 5 minutes ago?

Posted on 12/09/2009 6:29:08 PM PST by publius321

I was watching a movie several minutes ago (in West Palm Beach, FL) and saw out my window (facing east)a large shining object quickly plunge from the sky. It freaked me out a bit. Did anyone out there see it?

I saw one similar back around 1990-1992 and years later saw it on Discovery as it was captured on video.


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: 3200phaethon; astronomy; catastrophism; december; geminids; meteorite; meteour; pallas; science; ufo; wednesday

1 posted on 12/09/2009 6:29:11 PM PST by publius321
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2 posted on 12/09/2009 6:31:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: publius321

It was probably one or more of Tiger Woods’ endorsement contracts.


3 posted on 12/09/2009 6:33:33 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: publius321

Hey buddy,(hic) did you jesht shee a real bright light?


4 posted on 12/09/2009 6:34:13 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Are my guns loaded? Break in and find out.)
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To: publius321

Was it blue?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2404132/posts


5 posted on 12/09/2009 6:34:50 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: 1rudeboy

More likely the Norway E.T. come calling.


6 posted on 12/09/2009 6:35:02 PM PST by Enosh (†)
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To: SunkenCiv

Air Force has been flying this past couple weeks over the Avon Park, Fl bombing range. Don’t know where they originate from, could be Atlantic or from the Gulf. Do you think it was a flare?


7 posted on 12/09/2009 6:46:07 PM PST by goodtomato (I'm blessed! I support Marco Rubio 2010)
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To: publius321

It must have taken out the FR servers for a while.


8 posted on 12/09/2009 7:21:19 PM PST by listenhillary (I believe AGW is real now. It was caused by scientists and greenies LYING!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

John Conner at your service!


9 posted on 12/09/2009 7:22:47 PM PST by SkyShot (Jesus is coming. Look busy!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Anybody know why FR went down?


10 posted on 12/09/2009 7:23:44 PM PST by txhurl (White House crashers getting by $$ gives me HOPE! For a change)
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To: publius321

Probably a straggler from last month’s Leonid meteor shower.


11 posted on 12/09/2009 7:28:00 PM PST by jra
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To: publius321

Klaatu barada nikto


12 posted on 12/09/2009 7:29:25 PM PST by MrBambaLaMamba (Rabid dogs need killing)
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To: publius321

Have you had cataract surgery?


13 posted on 12/09/2009 7:30:06 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: txhurl; John Robinson

FR was down for about 20 minutes or so.That is one big gerbil riding that wheel maybe he got tired. LOL


14 posted on 12/09/2009 7:30:47 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: goodtomato; All

This is fascinating. People on Twitter wer reporting it as well. Someone wrote that they saw on the news it made impact in Alabama.

That makes sense because the one that I saw in the early 90’s, like this one looked like it landed just a few miles away but 12-13 years later, when I saw the video on Discover, they indicated in was thousands of miles away from where I actually was at the time (Pittsburgh, PA)

Here’s the link regarding the one I just saw.

http://spaceweather.com/

METEOR RADAR: The US Air Force Space Surveillance Radar is scanning the skies above Texas. When a satellite or meteoroid passes overhead—ping!—there is an echo. Activity is picking up this week as Earth enters a stream of debris from extinct comet 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower. Tune into Spaceweather Radio for live audio.


15 posted on 12/09/2009 7:32:32 PM PST by publius321
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To: goodtomato; All

This is fascinating. People on Twitter were reporting it as well. Someone wrote that they saw on the news it made impact in Alabama.

That makes sense because the one that I saw in the early 90’s, like this one looked like it landed just a few miles away but 12-13 years later, when I saw the video on Discover, they indicated in was thousands of miles away from where I actually was at the time (Pittsburgh, PA)

Here’s the link regarding the one I just saw.

http://spaceweather.com/

METEOR RADAR: The US Air Force Space Surveillance Radar is scanning the skies above Texas. When a satellite or meteoroid passes overhead—ping!—there is an echo. Activity is picking up this week as Earth enters a stream of debris from extinct comet 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower. Tune into Spaceweather Radio for live audio.


16 posted on 12/09/2009 7:32:47 PM PST by publius321
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To: publius321
West Palm Beach? Let's hope The O isn't targeting Rush again...
17 posted on 12/09/2009 7:33:38 PM PST by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: txhurl

The 2009 Geminid Meteor Shower (4 days away)
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/08dec_geminids.htm


18 posted on 12/09/2009 7:34:11 PM PST by listenhillary (I believe AGW is real now. It was caused by scientists and greenies LYING!)
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To: listenhillary

bttt


19 posted on 12/09/2009 7:36:37 PM PST by txhurl
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To: listenhillary

bttt


20 posted on 12/09/2009 7:40:13 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: listenhillary

I read that it’s supposed to “peak” this weekend but I guess we’re already getting some of it, unless the Russians are firing warning shots from a sub. Maybe the’re in the gulf.


21 posted on 12/09/2009 7:41:03 PM PST by publius321
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To: publius321
Must have been the black hole from the Large Hadron Collider coming back to consume the earth. They saw it on the way up in Norway last night. ;^)

It'll probably take it until about December 21, 2012 to finish the job. ;^)

22 posted on 12/09/2009 7:41:29 PM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: publius321

Related to this?: Something big just blew up in baytown texas “ http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2403692/posts


23 posted on 12/09/2009 7:44:27 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (a wild-eyed, exclusionist, birther religio-beast -- Daily Kos)
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To: publius321

Around an hour or so ago I saw a flash in the sky, similar to lightening or a huge flashbulb. I’m in Southern VA. I was out in the back yard testing a new optic and caught it in my peripheral vision.


24 posted on 12/09/2009 7:46:03 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: publius321

Santa is early.


25 posted on 12/09/2009 7:50:19 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obamacare should cover lobotomies for Democrats)
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27 posted on 12/09/2009 7:57:23 PM PST by BOBWADE
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To: publius321

Was it space junk that burns up in the atmosphere? Fun to watch.


28 posted on 12/09/2009 8:04:40 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: Morgana

I sure did see it but what made this more unusual than the many showers I’ve see is that this one, at least sizeable piece of it definitely made it through the atmosphere.


29 posted on 12/09/2009 8:11:39 PM PST by publius321
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To: publius321
Cool link and post, thanks!

I also liked the photo of the strange lights over Norway...


30 posted on 12/09/2009 8:17:33 PM PST by eldoradude (Let's water the tree of liberty with THEIR blood...)
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To: MrBambaLaMamba

Gort is shut down. Thanks to your quick thinking you’ve saved the earth and Gort is traveling on a flatbed truck to an Alabama scrap yard.


31 posted on 12/09/2009 9:50:20 PM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: MrBambaLaMamba

One of my favorite movies!


32 posted on 12/10/2009 1:48:47 AM PST by TheBlueMax ("Will kill foreigners so you don't have too!" U.S.Military)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I love that line in the movie. Figured there were about 5-7 other places it could have been inserted in a spoof version. Like right after they blow up the robot at the end.


33 posted on 12/10/2009 2:15:34 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: publius321

What time do you have?


34 posted on 12/10/2009 4:53:08 AM PST by billhilly
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To: billhilly

eastern-time.


35 posted on 12/10/2009 5:10:31 AM PST by publius321
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To: publius321

In central FL I was out a couple hours later and saw two, one was of a reasonable magnitude the other faint.

I wouldn’t get to excited about it. As an amateur astronomer I can tell you most nights if you go out and stare up at the sky long enough you will see one or two. Its just that usually we aren’t looking.


36 posted on 12/10/2009 5:39:51 AM PST by lucias_clay (All We Weed Up !)
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To: publius321

It was a saucer-craft.


37 posted on 12/10/2009 6:00:54 AM PST by 2harddrive
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To: publius321

Heard on the radio this morning that tonight you should see 2 a min. 120 per hour.


38 posted on 12/10/2009 9:40:43 AM PST by Hotmetal
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To: Hotmetal

Thanks Hotmetal. I’ll check that out.


39 posted on 12/10/2009 3:25:45 PM PST by publius321
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To: lucias_clay; All

I have seen many in my lifetime but not that actually hit the Earth. This was a sizeable ball of fire that dropped down and made impact. When I say “fire” I don’t mean red/yellow/orange.

It was a big bright white flickering ball that descended straight down. After I Googled “meteor” last night I saw the picture of that strange occurrence in Norway that was said to be a failed Russian missile test. What I saw looked more like that - however - there was no spinning; it fell straight to the ground.

I actually thought it was a plane crash happening close by but there was no explosion or noise, which means it wasn’t as close to me as it appeared.

Are you telling me that such impacts happen with frequency or are you referring to the “shooting stars” that we see all of our lives that zip by and burn up in the atmosphere.


40 posted on 12/10/2009 3:36:26 PM PST by publius321
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To: txhurl

Probably got excoriated for a lack of foreplay.


41 posted on 12/10/2009 5:33:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: goodtomato
There have been a lot of big bolide sightings during 2008-2009. Partly that's a consequence of more people living in darker spaces; partly that could even be due to more awareness of stuff in the sky because of 9/11 (I've found myself doing more skygazing these past eight years); it probably is just one of those things, there happen to be plenty of larger chunks arriving after eons of travel through the inner Solar system; could be a wave of debris from outside the Solar system:

The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes:
Flood, Fire, and Famine
in the History of Civilization

by Richard Firestone,
Allen West, and
Simon Warwick-Smith


42 posted on 12/10/2009 5:38:13 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: publius321
I referred to what you call in your comment a shooting star, the common ones. There are others, not common at all, referred to generally as "fire balls", and they look/sound just like what you describe. Ie. Big bright and silent. I have only seen one and it startled me even though I knew what it was.

Click here for Google Images of Fireballs

Here is a video of one captured on surveillance camera. Its most of the way thru the video clip so don't give up and think it isn't there, its very obvious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k4ho984ZxQ

Google around there are others.

You are fortunate to have seen one, very few people ever do.
43 posted on 12/10/2009 8:10:36 PM PST by lucias_clay (All We Weed Up !)
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To: lucias_clay

Exactly! That was actually the -second- one I have seen in my lifetime. As I wrote in my original post, I saw one in 1992 from Pittsbugh, PA. I was working my way through school, delivering a pizza and as I just got out of the car and was walking up to a house on a hill, I was looking in the right direction at the right time and I saw this big fireball dropping from the sky and it looked like it had hit maybe 5-10 miles away.

It was before the Internet days and I told people about it, even called the police to see if anyone else had reported anything. I heard nothing.

Only a couple of years ago I was watching one of those History Channel, meteor shows where they talk about near misses and contemplate the “what if a giant meteor crashes into the Earth” scenarios. During that show they spoke about that very meteor I saw in PA 15 or so years later and they had a video of it!

After I watched your video link, I decided to search Youtube for the meteor I saw in PA with the words “meteor 1992” and there were several videos of it to my surprise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDUzeObuocw

You have to love the Internet. Nevertheless, what I saw on Wednesday night was the same thing. The thing is, with cameras mounted everywhere, you KNOW the one I saw penetrate the atmosphere and make impact Wednesday night was caught on MANY cameras; however, most people would miss it because the owners of these surveilence cameras wouldn’t be looking for it.

It would be nice if the word were to spread and people who have cameras facing the east, the direction I was facing when I witnessed it, were to check roughly between 9:20PM eastern - 9:30PM eastern to see if they captured it. Subsequently, I’m in south-east Florida. I’m sure it probably landed in the ocean, considering I was facing east and am only about 7 miles west of the Atlantic. That’s one of the things that gave me adrenaline because it looked so large and I was wondering what size wave it would make.

Best regards,

Publius123
http://www.TableOfWisdom.com


44 posted on 12/12/2009 9:04:12 AM PST by publius321
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To: lucias_clay; All

Exactly! That was actually the -second- one I have seen in my lifetime. As I wrote in my original post, I saw one in 1992 from Pittsbugh, PA. I was working my way through school, delivering a pizza and as I just got out of the car and was walking up to a house on a hill, I was looking in the right direction at the right time and I saw this big fireball dropping from the sky and it looked like it had hit maybe 5-10 miles away.

It was before the Internet days and I told people about it, even called the police to see if anyone else had reported anything. I heard nothing.

Only a couple of years ago I was watching one of those History Channel, meteor shows where they talk about near misses and contemplate the “what if a giant meteor crashes into the Earth” scenarios. During that show they spoke about that very meteor I saw in PA 15 or so years later and they had a video of it!

After I watched your video link, I decided to search Youtube for the meteor I saw in PA with the words “meteor 1992” and there were several videos of it to my surprise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDUzeObuocw

You have to love the Internet. Nevertheless, what I saw on Wednesday night was the same thing. The thing is, with cameras mounted everywhere, you KNOW the one I saw penetrate the atmosphere and make impact Wednesday night was caught on MANY cameras; however, most people would miss it because the owners of these surveilence cameras wouldn’t be looking for it.

It would be nice if the word were to spread and people who have cameras facing the east, the direction I was facing when I witnessed it, were to check roughly between 9:20PM eastern - 9:30PM eastern to see if they captured it. Subsequently, I’m in south-east Florida. I’m sure it probably landed in the ocean, considering I was facing east and am only about 7 miles west of the Atlantic. That’s one of the things that gave me adrenaline because it looked so large and I was wondering what size wave it would make.

Best regards,

Publius123
http://www.TableOfWisdom.com


45 posted on 12/12/2009 9:26:46 AM PST by publius321
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To: lucias_clay

Here’s an even better shot of the same 1992 crashing meteor with the downtown Pittsburgh skyline. I can tell they were shooting this from Mount Washington as that is where all tourists and residents go with their cameras as it presents a spectacular view overlooking the city.

Great shot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JCHkuWSYCY


46 posted on 12/12/2009 10:28:59 AM PST by publius321
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