We have an update on our meteor. My wife called the U of A astronomy contact whose
name was in the local paper (he had asked for anyone who had seen it to call him,
to help in triangulation). Together with eye witness accounts and triangulation
from the U of A observatory, and a smaller observatory further north at Athabasca
University, it's now been determined that it landed somewhere between Athabasca
and Fort McMurray, which is very remote boreal forest and muskeg. It'll probably
never be found, but it has been speculated that it was actually the remains of a
satellite whose orbit had decayed. Cathy thought it looked very close, but of
course, the northern lights look close at times, too -- it's hard to get a proper
perspective with the naked eye alone. She was especially taken with its beautiful
"glowing light emerald colour," as she put it.
Ronn Blankenship wrote:
> At 10:30 PM 12/1/02 -0600, Gary Smith wrote:
> >One of the neatest meteors I've ever seen was in 1985 in Korea. I was
> >guarding my post, watching the sky to ensure no one was parachuting in
> >from the north, I saw a meteor streak across the sky, break into two,
> >then watched the twin meteors in parallel zip across the sky for another
> >several moments.
> >Of course, the neatest thing in the sky is the Southern Cross. And when
> >you see the Southern Cross for the first time, you finally know just why
> >you came this way....
> Because that's what your orders said?
> (What? You thought I was going to identify the song?)
> >I'm convinced there are more stars in the southern hemisphere,
> Well, you do have a better view of the center of our Galaxy, and the
> Magellanic clouds are close enough to resolve individual stars with a
> ground-based telescope (which is why we had observations of Sanduleak
> -69°202 before it went blooey in 1987 (minus however many years it took the
> light to reach here)) . . .
> -- Ronn! :)
> Professional Smart-Aleck Astronomer.
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