Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Fireball or Space Junk on 07/27/16?

By · July 28, 2016 · Filed in Meteor falls, Space Junk

Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Fireball So It Was First Reported…

Hello Ya’ll.  Wow…. Ok so first off I had know idea that the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower was going on! Last night at about 9:30pm my wife and I got home from our bowling league. About 15 minutes later my daughter called me outside to see a strange light in the sky. There was 2 pieces, 1 large a little forward and one small a little higher. Both with what appeared to be long comet tales traveling a lot slower that a typical falling star and lasting way longer. I told her “Holy Shit that’s a meteor or space junk burning up”. We were facing Northeast and it was traveling northwest to southeast down on a 10 to 15 degree angle. It was bright white about the same lumens as the sun and we watched it for about 20 seconds before it went down behind some houses. about 15 seconds into its flight, the big piece broke into 2 pieces from our perspective. The first thing I did was run in the house and check the web for confirmation on what the fireball was, nothing was posted yet on the news or meteor/meteorite reporting site http://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com/, so I reported my sighting(which we all should) to the website.

Ok, after checking on this more this morning to see what new happened last night, the news channels that first reported this event as a meteor fall part of the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower are now saying that it was space junk after all! Expert Jonathan McDowell an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts said that it was the second stage from the first Chang Zheng 7 rocket, launched June 25.

So why should we all report meteor falls even if you are not sure what it is?

First off, we are not talking about the little streakers (falling stars) that last less than a second. We are talking about significant meteor falls (fireballs) that might have a chance on hitting the ground and being recorded and studied. You will be able to tell the difference based on the size and or the amount of time you see it “falling”. Meteors we are looking to report are a bit bigger then the Little Streakers –  falling star and burn longer. It is important to report sightings, the right sightings,  so it can be used to triangulate the possible strewn field.  Meteors that hit the ground are now called meteorites, which are the rarest rock on Earth. You can be part of scientists locating such happenings all over the world!

Here is my reporting after they confirmed it:

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You can find the full list of reportings here: http://thelatestworldwidemeteorreports.blogspot.com/

 

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!