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Wmuav8r
02-07-2018, 07:48 AM
Last night we were just north of Omaha headed south at 32000 feet around 830 pm central time. We saw what looked like a star for a few minutes before it became apparent that whatever it was was moving. It then streaked across the sky with a tremendous light show before apparently burning itself out. I have seen plenty of falling stars over the years but this was way bigger. I was thinking maybe space junk junk or something. There was some guard chatter about it as it was happening. I looked in the news this morning to see if there was anything about it but nothing so far. Did anyone else see this by any chance??


detpilot
02-07-2018, 07:52 AM
Last night we were just north of Omaha headed south at 32000 feet around 830 pm central time. We saw what looked like a star for a few minutes before it became apparent that whatever it was was moving. It then streaked across the sky with a tremendous light show before apparently burning itself out. I have seen plenty of falling stars over the years but this was way bigger. I was thinking maybe space junk junk or something. There was some guard chatter about it as it was happening. I looked in the news this morning to see if there was anything about it but nothing so far. Did anyone else see this by any chance??Sounds awesome! Go broncos!

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BobZ
02-07-2018, 07:54 AM
It was a tesla.


jcountry
02-07-2018, 07:56 AM
Last night we were just north of Omaha headed south at 32000 feet around 830 pm central time. We saw what looked like a star for a few minutes before it became apparent that whatever it was was moving. It then streaked across the sky with a tremendous light show before apparently burning itself out. I have seen plenty of falling stars over the years but this was way bigger. I was thinking maybe space junk junk or something. There was some guard chatter about it as it was happening. I looked in the news this morning to see if there was anything about it but nothing so far. Did anyone else see this by any chance??

Didn't see it, but that thing could have been part of the space x rocket. I'm sure some parts of the upper stage and payload shield were allowed to re enter.

StrykerB21
02-07-2018, 08:22 AM
Was over Nebraska when I saw it. It was a flying Tesla.

SonicFlyer
02-07-2018, 09:22 AM
Omaha?


Must've been the ghost of Curtis LeMay

Wmuav8r
02-07-2018, 10:13 AM
Last night we were just north of Omaha headed south at 32000 feet around 830 pm central time. We saw what looked like a star for a few minutes before it became apparent that whatever it was was moving. It then streaked across the sky with a tremendous light show before apparently burning itself out. I have seen plenty of falling stars over the years but this was way bigger. I was thinking maybe space junk junk or something. There was some guard chatter about it as it was happening. I looked in the news this morning to see if there was anything about it but nothing so far. Did anyone else see this by any chance??

Mystery solved! This was what we saw. So yeah I guess it was a Tesla!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Mysterious-Light-is-a-SpaceX-Burn-to-Fix-Rocket-Trajectory-473061683.html%3famp=y

rickair7777
02-07-2018, 10:16 AM
Didn't see it, but that thing could have been part of the space x rocket. I'm sure some parts of the upper stage and payload shield were allowed to re enter.

Maybe. Depending on when that stuff was released, it was probably in orbit or close enough to it to hang out for a long time, weeks, months, or more. Anything released prior to orbital velocity would have re-entered shortly after the launch... as it loses altitude atmospheric drag will pull it down very quickly.

The payload fairing was released pretty early, so I imagine it came down quick, might have taken a few hours, but more likely less than an hour.

More likely it was space debris (ie dead satellite) that had been up there for a while, or maybe a big meteor or even a small comet. Satellites and comets would probably provide better fireworks, since they would break up more than a meteor (typically solid rock/metal).

trip
02-07-2018, 10:43 AM
It was the final burn of SpaceX Falcon heavy sending the Tesla into history!
One of the coolest things I've witnessed!

https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/02/05/falcon-heavy-demo-flight-mission-status-center/

rickair7777
02-07-2018, 12:13 PM
It was the final burn of SpaceX Falcon heavy sending the Tesla into history!
One of the coolest things I've witnessed!

https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/02/05/falcon-heavy-demo-flight-mission-status-center/


The timing was right for the on-course burn.

labbats
02-10-2018, 09:40 AM
Omaha?


Must've been the ghost of Curtis LeMay

A true character and a WW2 legend.

freezingflyboy
02-10-2018, 04:55 PM
Point of clarification:
This is a meteorite
https://www.meteorite.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/meteorite-example.jpg

me∑te∑or∑ite
ˈmēdēəˌrīt

noun: meteorite; plural noun: meteorites
a meteor that survives its passage through the earth's atmosphere such that part of it strikes the ground. More than 90 percent of meteorites are of rock, while the remainder consist wholly or partly of iron and nickel.

Are you sure this isn't what you saw?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a7/Leonid_Meteor.jpg/220px-Leonid_Meteor.jpg

me∑te∑or
ˈmēdēər,ˈmēdēˌŰr

noun: meteor; plural noun: meteors
a small body of matter from outer space that enters the earth's atmosphere, becoming incandescent as a result of friction and appearing as a streak of light.

jcountry
02-10-2018, 07:46 PM
Point of clarification:
This is a meteorite
https://www.meteorite.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/meteorite-example.jpg

me∑te∑or∑ite
ˈmēdēəˌrīt

noun: meteorite; plural noun: meteorites
a meteor that survives its passage through the earth's atmosphere such that part of it strikes the ground. More than 90 percent of meteorites are of rock, while the remainder consist wholly or partly of iron and nickel.

Are you sure this isn't what you saw?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a7/Leonid_Meteor.jpg/220px-Leonid_Meteor.jpg

me∑te∑or
ˈmēdēər,ˈmēdēˌŰr

noun: meteor; plural noun: meteors
a small body of matter from outer space that enters the earth's atmosphere, becoming incandescent as a result of friction and appearing as a streak of light.
Yep.

Exactly what I thought when I saw the title.

Itís OK though. Got the point

trip
02-11-2018, 12:12 PM
A meteorite could also be seen as a brightly lite up "shooting star", it doesn't just fall as a rock. Most meteors will have a melted side from the heat of re-entry.

rickair7777
02-11-2018, 01:01 PM
A meteorite could also be seen as a brightly lite up "shooting star", it doesn't just fall as a rock.

Not technically. He's splitting fine hairs, but a meteorite does not become a meteorite until impact. So a soon-to-be-meteorite is still just a meteor while in flight and visible :rolleyes:

tomgoodman
02-11-2018, 01:19 PM
Not technically. He's splitting fine hairs, but a meteorite does not become a meteorite until impact. So a soon-to-be-meteorite is still just a meteor while in flight and visible :rolleyes:

Right, and before it upgraded to meteor:) it was just a meteoroid:(.

trip
02-12-2018, 12:59 PM
Right, and before it upgraded to meteor:) it was just a meteoroid:(.

Pilots....LOL!

Bobby
02-12-2018, 02:45 PM
Pilots....LOL!



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GUFN
02-12-2018, 03:49 PM
[QUOTE=freezingflyboy;2525118]Point of clarification:
This is a meteorite
https://www.meteorite.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/meteorite-example.jpg

Thatís an Ancient Indian Sex Stone....i.e., just another Fueking old rock.

TheFly
02-12-2018, 04:25 PM
Chatter, on guard?! Blasphemous!

TheFly
02-12-2018, 04:28 PM
There were others who saw it too in Arizonaís southwestern sky around the same time. Wasnít Tesslaís launch done at Canaveral?

rickair7777
02-12-2018, 05:42 PM
There were others who saw it too in Arizonaís southwestern sky around the same time. Wasnít Tesslaís launch done at Canaveral?

Re-entering rocket stages could circle the earth on the way down.

trip
02-13-2018, 03:55 AM
There were others who saw it too in Arizonaís southwestern sky around the same time. Wasnít Tesslaís launch done at Canaveral?

It orbited earth for for while before it did the last (3rd) burn to exit earths orbit and proceed towards mars and beyond. That was the burn seen in the southwestern sky.



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