Oh, I should have added another story to this. The time I proposed to my wife there was
a big shooting star, too. We were in Heber Canyon State Park, I think it's called. Up
beyond Y Mountain anyway. It was a branch activity (marshmallow roast) and we went for
a romantic little walk together away from the others. I faced east towards her, took
her hand and said I had a very important question to ask her. Just as I was about to
pop the question, a meteorite tore across the eastern sky, just above the rim of the
mountains,  from north to south, broke up into 3 pieces, and then, after a second,
disappeared. It was only about 3 or 4 secs but that was the biggest shooting star I'd
ever seen (still is). I tried to get her to turn around and look, but she just didn't
react fast enough. I then joked, "well, I was going to ask you to marry me, and it
looks like Heaven's on my side, telling me to hurry up and pop the question..."

We had a biggie up in the Yukon, from about Sitka, AK to Carcross YT, iirc, about 2
years ago, and they actually found at least part of the thing, sitting in a small melt
"gouge out" in Carcross Lake, which freezes to about 3 metres down in winter.
Astronomers from the U of A, and half the farmers around Drayton Valley are out combing
the area for this one.

I figure if my wife is right (and she's not prone to exaggerate), then 7 seconds must
mean it was awfully close to us*, and as I say, Drayton Valley isn't that far away
(there's a branch there that is part of one of our local stakes).

*if you think about it, it means that it was coming at least partly towards her if the
glowing lasted that long. If it stays in one place for more than 5 seconds, my
considered opinion would be RUN LIKE THE DICKENS!

"Marc A. Schindler" wrote:

> She was *very* excited. She said it almost hurt to look at it.
>
> Steven Montgomery wrote:
>
> > Cool. 7 seconds is a long time for a meteor to streak across the sky. Must
> > have been spectacular.
> >
> > --
> > Steven Montgomery
> >
> > At 06:04 PM 11/29/2002, you wrote:
> > >Yesterday morning (28/11) my wife was up early and saw the meteor of her
> > >life. A very bright greenish-white fireball that lasted for 7 seconds
> > >streaked from east to west across the southern sky. Local scientists
> > >think it hit the surface near Drayton Valley, some 50 km SW of us.
> > >
> > >--
> > >Marc A. Schindler
> > >Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland
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