Email From:Noreen S.-Midlothian, IL:
Oct 8, 20011 we were enjoying a nice evening around a campfire in Midlothian Il. Somewhere around 9pm we saw a bright ball of orange coming from the east, no sound but, moving fast. We could see it curve slightly north and it look like it was headed towards Midway Airport. When we lost sight of it.
At first we thought it was a plane on fire. But ,a ball of fire like that on a plane we all concluded it would of blown up. We were all in awe and excited about this event and are still excited to have seen our first metorite. We all all curious to find out if it landed someplace or just burned out. thank you for your report Noreen!
Jade P.-Western KY:
I witnessed the fireball! It was the most amazing visual experience of my lifetime. It was apporoximately 9:40 p.m. central time on October 8th, 2011. I was in Western Kentucky having a campfire with family and friends and my sister and I witnessed it in the west/southwest portion of the sky traveling from the upper left to the mid/lower right. I've seen plenty of meteor showers and shooting stars before, but this blew all previous experiences out of the water. At first, I actually thought someone had shot off some sort of firework display, but then I realized that it was silent, and real. It was a huge ball of fire, about one half to a third of the size of the moon in comparison, and three times as bright. Its tail was long and colorful, mostly orange. It shot silently across the night sky and disappeared. It was absolutely brilliant, and I am proud to have witnessed such an event! thank you for confirming this event Jade!
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