11:45:00 PM

Virginia Meteor Fireball 08OCT2011

From The ELPALLSKY Chatbox:
Oct 9 2011, 11:53 AM Guest384 (guest):
Saw what appeared to be two fireballs on 10/08/2011 around 9:15 PM in Herndon, VA. The first one was red and seemed to be going straight up. The second was much larger and was going from west to east. Both lasted a few seconds.
 ***If you are searching for information about this fireball and/or witnessed it, please leave a report of what you saw at wxtx01@gmail.com Please include the date and time, the direction you were facing/driving, the direction in which the object moved (upper left to lower right etc.) approximate size and brightness compared to a full moon, color, any flashes, streaks, fragmentation and any sounds or delayed sounds such as sonic booms, hisses, sizzles etc. Thank you! Your information is vital to research/recovery efforts so please take time to report.***

11:13:00 PM

Possible Houston TX Meteor Fireball 08OCT2011

Inquiry From An ELPALLSKY Reader:
From Anonymous-Houston, TX:
Last night me and my girlfriend were headed back from the annual Renfest in Magnolia, TX sometime between 9 and 11 pm, I couldn’t tell you what time exactly. While we were driving south west on a highway in Houston we were mid conversation when we both just stopped. I had stopped talking because the entire sky lit up bright blue twice in under a second. It was kind of like a camera flash. It really startled me.  I  looked over at her and she had the same confused look on her face. We had both seen it. The sky was kind of cloudy and we did hit some small patches of rain along the way but there was still a lot of clear sky. We didn’t see any lightning before that or after that until about 3 hours later when a thunderstorm rolled in. We had both agreed that it was WAY to bright and WAY to blue to be lightning. We didn’t see a fire ball or anything resembling one though. The rest of the drivers seemed to have see it to because when it happened a lot of people hit their brakes and a lot of people swerved a little. It was insanely bright. I’d love to know if anyone else saw it.

***If you are searching for information about this fireball and/or witnessed it, please leave a report of what you saw at wxtx01@gmail.com Please include the date and time, the direction you were facing/driving, the direction in which the object moved (upper left to lower right etc.) approximate size and brightness compared to a full moon, color, any flashes, streaks, fragmentation and any sounds or delayed sounds such as sonic booms, hisses, sizzles etc. Thank you! Your information is vital to research/recovery efforts so please take time to report.***

5:17:00 PM

Illinois, Kentucky Meteor Fireball 08OCT2011

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!

***If you are searching for information about this fireball and/or witnessed it, please leave a report of what you saw at wxtx01@gmail.com Please include the date and time, the direction you were facing/driving, the direction in which the object moved (upper left to lower right etc.) approximate size and brightness compared to a full moon, color, any flashes, streaks, fragmentation and any sounds or delayed sounds such as sonic booms, hisses, sizzles etc. Thank you! Your information is vital to research/recovery efforts so please take time to report.***