Monday, April 02, 2012

Fireball over San Antonio

Did you see it? Something hot and flamy fell through the sky over San Antonio today.
People who reported seeing a fiery ball of light in the cloudless noon sky today really did see an unidentified flying object.

The flying object has not been identified. But no one has conjectured that it held little green men with giant eyes.

It's likely falling space debris or a meteor, according to the National Weather Service.


Jane Marke, an amateur astronomer, said she was at a traffic light near the airport when she saw a bright light streaking across the eastern sky at 11:49 a.m.

“I saw a brightness of light fall from the sky, going very fast,” said Marke. “I would say it was about 1 magnitude. That's about as bright as you can get.”
(from the Express-News)

I didn't see today's event, but I did see something similar and very cool back in the late 1980s (possibly early 1990s). That something was a Russian satellite.

On that night so many years ago, I was driving home from work sometime between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m., and I saw a big ball of flame burn its way across the black sky. It definitely surprised me, and I slowed down almost to a stop (don't worry; rural roads -- little to no traffic) just so I could watch the thing lumber across the sky until it burned out. I say "lumbered" because it didn't look like the streak of a typical meteorite. It looked big, and it looked like it was moving slow, and it was definitely burning. I could see real flames, and it took several seconds for the fires to burn themselves out into the blackness of the night.

I went home, thinking I had seen a meteor. And, since I lived alone at the time, I had no one to share the experience with right away. And then the next morning on my way to class I listened to the morning news on the radio and heard them announce that a defunct Russian satellite had re-entered the atmosphere and burned up somewhere over Central Texas.

I was ecstatic! I had seen it! I had actually been in a position to witness such a hardcore event firsthand, with my own eyes, and with the opportunity to slow down and appreciate the moment as it unfolded. I never found out if they located that Russian wreckage, and I have no idea what satellite that was, but it was very cool to see.

So I was a little jealous when I heard this news today. I would have liked to have seen it.

If you saw the event today, tell me: Was it cool?


Anonymous said...

I saw it in North West Austin, so what ever it was, it was big. A bright white/green light that had reddish black at the tail. And it just disappeared and left a black column of smoke rising into a white contrail going straight up.

goscott4 said...

Then suddenly, a mighty angel picked up a boulder shaped like a huge Mill
Stone, and threw it into The
*Atlantic Ocean,*
and cried mightily with a loud voice saying!!
Just as I have thrown away this stone, the great city of Babylon will be thrown down with violence , and shall never be found again!!!
The Book Of Revelation, Chapter 18 verse 21