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Shontai Hanks Sperling · Dundee, Oregon
My husband saw this in Redding...WOW!
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Carol Harder · Puyallup, Washington
My daughter was outside her house in Toledo, Washington talking to me on her cell about the same time and , in the middle of a sentence, yelled OMG what..Oh I just saw a huge shooting star up towards the moon!
At typical meteor altitudes, the distance of a ground observer can be as much as 600-700 miles away, depending on how low in the sky you see it. http://www.amsmeteors.org/richardson/distance.html
This one, according to the sequence of reports was headed more-less south or SSW; and San Jose, Santa Cruz, & Monterey are almost exactly due south of Puyallup, at about 700-725 miles. Redding (mentioned in the above comments is also almost exactly on that trajectory.
At 1,200+ km the meteor would be right on the horizon and very dim. And depending exactly where the observer sits in these hilly Washington locations the horizon is not exactly flat like it is in Kansas. Later today I’ll run a simulator and determine the moon altitude/azimuth since the meteor was supposedly “up towards (sic) the moon”.