03-30-2009, 09:02 AM #1
Streaking lights, explosions reported all along coast
Were they meteors? A comet? UFOs?
People from Maryland to Hampton Roads heard loud explosions and saw brilliant, streaking lights in the sky Sunday night.
There was no immediate explanation, the National Weather Service office in Wakefield said. The Virginia Beach 911 center had numerous calls waiting just before 10 p.m., a supervisor said.
The Weather Service said reports were made from Dorchester County, Md., to the Virginia/North Carolina border. People said they saw a streak in the sky and heard an explosion.
I heard the explosion last night and thought it was just thunder. Others that were outside saw something that didn't look like lightning.
Most are saying it was a meteor, but there are some that say they saw a military plane following it. It probably was a meteor.
Did anyone else hear or see anything?
03-30-2009, 09:07 AM #2
That is so cool lizzybeth. Keep us posted if they identify what it was.
I moved out here to TX almost 9 years ago. Talk about "big sky"! The first time I saw a meteor out here I couldn't believe it was one, didnt' look like any shooting star that I have ever seen.
They can appear to be so close, and so bright that you're mind can't wrap around the fact that it's a shooting star. I've had lot's of luck and seen quite a few in the past years, but only one time did I hear one and see it at the same time.
We live a bit aways from town on post and it can get really dark out here. That helps."Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James
03-30-2009, 09:18 AM #3
I've never seen a shooting star or meteor. Do they make a sonic boom sound?
I'm starting to get a little concerned because my power went out last night. The boom was heard in my area around 9:36 p.m. I woke up around 3:00 a.m. and my power was out. It stayed out for about an hour. It may (and probably) had nothing to do with it. It was quite windy yesterday so it probably had more to do with that.
The Navy would never let us know if it was something that they were doing under cover.
03-30-2009, 09:34 AM #4Registered User
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I usually just read but wanted to chime in on this one, I live in Norfolk and we heard a large boom and then the whole house shook. I thought maybe a plane crashed at the airport, so I went outside to look. I saw the sky light up like it was daytime, then a bunch of streaking light moving through the sky. But it was after I heard the boom. Don't know what It was but everyone in my neighborhood felt and saw the same thing.
03-30-2009, 09:44 AM #5
I've only heard it one time in association with a meteor or what I call a shooting star lizzybeth. And yes, it sounded like a sonic boom. I felt it more than I heard it."Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James
03-30-2009, 09:50 AM #6Registered User
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From everything I've read so far, it sounds like very large meteors that exploded in the lower atmosphere.
There was a "near miss" comet recently -- as I remember within the last month a comet or astroid that came within 40,000 miles of us & scientists only found out about it about 3 days before the near miss. That is apparently really close in space proximities.
Maybe this is all part of the tail passing if the near miss was a comet. (There have been other similar reports on the east coast & west coast in the last month, too.)
03-30-2009, 09:58 AM #7Registered User
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Link on the "near miss"
It was an asteroid. So, rather than a tail still coming by, maybe other debris following the same path.
And from comments within the original link about other similar experiences this month:
mystery boom and light in Rockland County, New York.
March 10, 2009.
same thing that happened tonight.
same thing once again.
Henderson County, North Carolina.
March 20, 2009.
And last night, March 29...almost the 30th...
every 10 days?
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03-30-2009, 10:08 AM #8
With the near miss with the asteroid earlier this month it could have been tail or debris from that meteor entering our atmosphere. Although I must admit a part of me wants it to be something really cool like an alien spaceship that crashed.......'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated'
03-30-2009, 10:10 AM #9
I've been under a lot of stress so I'm sure my imagination is messing with me. Friday I was listening to Neal Boortz and he had the author (sorry, can't remember his name) on that has a book called "One Second After". It's about a nueclearmagnetic terrorist attack that knocks out all the electrical systems.
With the boom, wind, and then the electricity going out...
03-30-2009, 10:12 AM #10
Meteor...bolide... space junk... the jury is still out.
03-30-2009, 05:04 PM #11
It was space junk from the most recent Russian rocket:
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03-30-2009, 05:53 PM #12
And I missed it... and I live in Maryland and was up at that time. In pain, but up... that would have been a score for my observation diary. Oh well, as much space junk as there is in orbit around our lovely planet, I think we will be seeing more and more of this stuff happening...
03-30-2009, 06:04 PM #13
The article I just read was an explanation for the lights over VA. Was it several pieces of 'space junk' entering? If it were only one piece that wouldn't really explain why do many people saw it over a span of time. Unless it broke into several pieces upon entering and some pieces took longer than others to fall.'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated'
03-30-2009, 08:53 PM #14
A week or so ago we had a boom here in GA around 3 am. I was up writing a paper and suddenly a loud boom rattled the house. Lots of folks heard it over a pretty wide area and they (whomever "they" are) said it was a meteor. I live near an army base so sonic booms are not that unusual, but they said it wasn't them this time.
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03-30-2009, 10:38 PM #15
Space junk huh? Wow! About two mnths ago there was a large boom in the middle of the night that shook the house...several neighbors heard it too and we thought it was thunder, but there was no rain, no lightning, and it did not boom again after that one time. Maybe that was space junk too!
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