Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Here we go again...


"On April 2, 2012, at around 11:50 am CDT, dozens of people in and around San Antonio, Texas witnessed a bright object streaking across the daytime sky. Most likely a fireball — a particularly large, bright meteor — the object was visible across a very large area. It even made the local WOAI4 NBC news, which sent reporters out to interview eye-witnesses, contacted a NASA meteor expert, and ultimately featured a video of the amazingly bright fireball as it blazed through the sky. Very dramatic.

Except… the video isn’t of a fireball at all."

The Universe Today

The fact is, if you do not understand the sky, and never look up there, resist the urge to jump to conclusions on the one occasion that you do. Last night I happened to catch the ISS passing through the sky - it stood out because in Brooklyn, I seldom see satellites from within my apartment. This object was blue, moving slowly and uniformly, and did not have flashing lights. It was, unlike other satellites, extremely bright. Having seen these things hundreds of times before, I knew what it was and quickly grabbed a pair of Steiners to check it out. That is, I submit to you, one of a possible range of healthy reactions. If a person had never seen the ISS before, they would have called it a UFO or a soviet rocket, or some kind of fireball. That is not a healthy reaction.

I wont get into a rant about this, you can see my previous posts here, here, and here.

To conclude, I leave you with the words of zebidee55:

"Oh God - here we go again. More mouthbreathers misidentifying contrails at sunset."

2 comments:

Dick said...

That video really does look like a contrail to me. Oddly enough, it appears like there really was a fireball in the area at about the same time. See the later Space.com article.

High Power Rocketry said...

Yeah but you know what you are talking about, thus I wont ask for your opinion...