November 18, 2013

Bolide

About 35 minutes ago I saw a rather spectacular meteor breakup in the sky to the south of Norfolk. The bolide broke onto about 4 large pieces all traveling in a line before dimming and disappearing from view behind the skyline. It seemed to have a trail of debris and left a briefly incandescent contrail that looked superficially like a comets tail.  In comparison with most shooting stars it seemed to be traveling much slower than normal, being visible for long enough that I had enough time to to wish for a catgirl maid.  It did not light up the sky but it still appeared quite bright even in downtown Norfolk.

Anyway, I don't know if any satellites fell this evening or if it was a regular meteor, but I thought I'd mention it in case it made he news.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 07:23 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 You do realize that the wish will not come true now, since you've told us what it was...

Posted by: Siergen at Mon Nov 18 19:42:53 2013 (c2+vA)

2 I'm pretty sure that its likelihood was dubious to begin with.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Nov 18 19:46:43 2013 (DnAJl)

3 ROBOT Catgirl maid!  Sheesh, of all the times to forget the important details....

I've seen that graphic before.  I'd love to have it on a shirt.

Posted by: Mauser at Tue Nov 19 07:09:08 2013 (TJ7ih)

4 @Mauser,  I think this is what you are looking for:  http://www.offworlddesigns.com/asteroids-t-shirt/

Posted by: Siergen at Tue Nov 19 16:45:41 2013 (c2+vA)

5 A few years ago I was driving through downtown Plano, TX, and I saw a fireball going across the sky.  It was probably a piece of a satellite that landed mostly a few hundred miles away, I learned afterwards.  Well, this thing was going along pretty low and I thought it might actually hit somewhere in the Metroplex, so I called 911 and reported it.  The guy *clearly* thought I was drunk or something...and then about a minute into the conversation suddenly started speaking much more respectful tone of voice.  I asked him if other people had started calling in to report it and he said yes, and then asked me if I'd like to be called back if/when they figured out what ti was.

Posted by: RickC at Fri Nov 22 17:42:01 2013 (A9FNw)

6 BTW, I ordered the shirt and one other, and the service was amazing.  I ordered overnight on the 20th, and that day they filled and mailed the order and it was waiting in my mailbox on the 22nd.

Posted by: Mauser at Sat Nov 23 04:25:36 2013 (TJ7ih)

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