Any space junk supposed to burn up tonight?

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burner50

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Greetings everybody!

I had an interesting experience tonight on my way home from work. I was driving back roads in rural Boone / Webster counties in Iowa about 11:25PM tonight (7/31/2008). All of a sudden the road lights up in front of me, not too bright like the sun but kinda reminiscent of a helicopter searchlight, except bigger, MUCH bigger. I glanced up into the sky to the northwest and see a Bright white light with an orange contrail to one side of it. It seemed to be moving but I cant be sure. This was all in the blink of an eye and it was gone. Looked like some sort of mid-air explosion. It happened so fast I couldnt tell how far away or an approx altitude. It seemed like it was a long way away and big...

I know that the Crypt MOA is only about 20 miles away from that location but my sectional charts show that its not active that late at night. I immediatly tuned to some MilAir freqs that are usually active when they're practicing and heard nothing.


Any ideas? Kinda freaky out in the middle of nowhere iowa.
 

chrismol1

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dont touch it!!!
sounds like andromeida!! strain! satellite from the movie!
they saw an orange space object glow and plummit to earth!
 

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Burner 50,
Sounds like you saw a Meteor. A really good one too. They call them Earth grazers around that time of night. The Persieds meteor shower just peaked on the 12th of Aug. Back in Nov of 2001 I watched the Leonids meteor shower from the North East part of the thumb of Michigan, & saw many meteors that lit up the area around me that I could clearly see my own shadow. They also left trails behind them that would last for a short time depending how big the meteor was.
If you live away from city lights, just sit out in the yard & look up you'll probably see a few more, plus you can see satellites going by also. Just look for a star moving pretty fast going North or South.

Check out www.spaceweather.com
http://heavens-above.com
3D satellite tracker. http://science.nasa.gov/Realtime/jtrack/3d/JTrack3D.html

Chuck in Detroit / NODAK 1
 
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