[meteorite-list] Fireballs From The Sky: Bombarded
From: Meteorite-Recon.com <info_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 19:34:07 +0200
Hello Greg, others,
According to spaceweather.com the questioned rocket booster reentered near Taiwan some hours after the Atlantic coast fireball:
"ATLANTIC COAST FIREBALL: Last night, March 29th, around 9:45 pm EDT, people along the Atlantic coast of the USA from Maryland to North Carolina witnessed bright lights in the sky and heard thunderous rumbles. It was probably a meteoritic bolide--a random asteroid hitting Earth's atmosphere and exploding in flight. A spent Russian rocket body did reenter on March 29th, but that happened near Taiwan more than two hours after the Atlantic Coast event. "
End of quote.
The VA-MD sighting is now being classified as the spent Russian Expedition 19
All the best,
>From: MeteorHntr at aol.com
>Sent: Mar 30, 2009 12:32 PM
>To: meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com
>Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Fireballs From The Sky: Bombarded
>Here is my take on the recent falls in North America. While there actually
>may be more now, as it seems like we had a long drought since Park Forest, I
>am wandering if much of this can be traced back to Buzzard Coulee.
>The Canadian event gained strong media attention shortly after it fell, and
>then the drama provided some great follow up stories as meteorites were
>Remember, Park Forest happened a couple weeks into our invasion into Iraq,
>and as such did not get anything near what it should have in media coverage.
>Monahans fell a couple of days after the Oklahoma City Bombings. Other falls
>just didn't get much coverage either.
>I remember in late 2005 (maybe very early 2006) a photographer for the
>Wichita Eagle came back to take photos for a follow up Brenham story a month
>after the release of the Main Mass find. He told me that the first story
>about the Main Mass got more hits on the newspaper's web site than any other
>story in the history of the paper! And I checked back after each story and
>seemed each of the 4 or so follow up meteorite stories in the Wichita paper
>were getting the top number of hits in the given month the stories ran.
>Who would have ever thought meteorites were that interesting?
>All of a sudden the Canadian meteor(ite) story gets great coverage, as do
>the follow up stories, so editors everywhere now know that local fireball
>sightings are good news stories. Not only that, the might even lead to even
>bigger stories where meteorites are recovered.
>All in all, I think this is a case that meteorites are rising in stature in
>the pop culture.
>Maybe before, there were just as many fireballs, just fewer people may have
>reported them, and even fewer editors found them newsworthy.
>I am just hoping for a 1933 rate of local falls with recoveries to hit the
>Then again, someone up there might be mad at us and is throwing rocks at us!
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