Large object falling from sky southeastern Oregon US

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latenight

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First time on this site and thought this would be the place to ask about what I saw at 11:50 pm PST over SE Oregon.Live in the Wallowa mountains and watch the sky almost nightly.I know a shooting star when I see one and what I saw was not one.Huge and was in the earth's atmosphere.Glowing white mass,teardrop shape,with long white tail.Was in my yard looking east and down it came.<br />Anyone else see it?Have never view anything before so large and so close.
 
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when did you see it? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font color="#003366">It's better to be a Pirate than to join the Navy</font> <em>~ Steve Jobs</em> </div>
 
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latenight

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By the way,it was headed down toward earth and was coming down in an arc.
 
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Cool!! Call the local news and maybe call up the Sheriff and ask them if they know anything. Give us some updates if you hear anything else about it from neighbors or something. <br /><br />Do you think it survived reentry at all? Did it seem like it hit the surface?<br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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It may have been a very large meteor., what is called a fireball or bolide.<br /><br />I haven't seen any other reports of this object yet, but will keep looking.<br /><br />BTW, I checked and there were no man made objects expected to reenter at that time.<br /><br />Might I suggest you fill out a fireball report at<br /><br /> NAMN Fireball Report Form <br /><br />or<br /><br /> IMO Fireball Report Form <br /><br />MeteorWayne<br /><br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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By the way,<br />Everyone who watches the sky should look at these report forms, to see what information you should remember and record should you see a fireball.<br /><br />Briefly:<br /><br />Exactly Where you are<br />Exactly what time it is.<br />Where in the sky the fireball appeared (start and end point)<br />so you can measure or estimate the direction and height of the start and end points.<br /><br />How fast it moved<br />Color<br />Did it break up<br />Shape<br /><br />Sounds?<br />Either at the same time, <br />or a sonic boom which can be several minutes later (since sound only travels 1000 feet a second)<br />If bolide explodes 20 miles up and 20 miles away, the sound won't reach you for over 2 1/2 minutes.<br /><br />MW <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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From years of researching fireball reports, I can tell you they always seem to.<br />In fact they never do, that would be very bad.<br /><br />For example, the Tunkuska event (99th anniversery June 30th), which flattened hundreds of square miles (or km <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> ) of trees, left nothing behind, as it exploded and vaporized at least 5 miles above the surface.<br /><br />Objects solid enough, large enough, and hitting the atmosphere slow enough for meteorites to survive intact to the ground lose their cosmic speed well above the suface. Once it explodes (from air pressure) many miles up, the non-glowing pieces continue to fall in what is known as dark flight under the influence of the earth's gravity.<br /><br />Even a small piece of rock travelling at cosmic speeds ( /> 11 km or 7 miles per second) is going to leave a big mark and ignite anything nearby.<br /><br />For example:<br /><br />"It was 150 feet across, weighed roughly 300,000 tons, and was traveling at a speed of 28,600 miles per hour (12 kilometers per second) according to the most recent research. The explosion created by its impact was equal to 2.5 megatons of TNT, or about 150 times the force of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima." <br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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You are correct, I should have said almost never, since something did reach very close to the surface in Arizona 49,000 years ago.<br />I actually thought that when I wrote it, but almost failed to make it to the page.<br /><br />But as I said, that would be very bad <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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Hi again from Oregon! When I saw the object I called our local police dept. within 4 minutes after siting and no one else had reported anything.<br />There was a small hill about 20 miles away from me that blocked the viewing so do not know if it hit or not.<br />Again the size of it was the amazing part.Trying to guess the size is impossible.Will file a report as you suggested of my fireball.
 
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MeteorWayne

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Thanx, we meteor geeks appreciate that <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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I wish I could have seen it. They look great I seen one large fireball several years ago on a halloween out with the kids. It was large made a very loud noise as it flew over. It was amazing. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="2" color="#0000ff"><em>William ( deapfreeze ) Hooper</em></font></p><p><font size="1">http://deapfreeze-amateur-astronomy.tk/</font></p><p> </p> </div>
 
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latenight

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Again have never seen anything as large before coming out of the sky! It was awesome!
 
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Where in Oregon do you live? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font color="#003366">It's better to be a Pirate than to join the Navy</font> <em>~ Steve Jobs</em> </div>
 
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Enterprise Oregon.In the Wallowa mountains.Elevation here is 3778 feet.<br />With clear skies there are nights of a million stars.That is what I call it.Also see quite a few falling stars here also.More than I ever seen anywhere else that we have lived.
 
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Newsflash! I was not the only one who saw a fireball.The one I saw was at 11:50 pm on the 21st and people in Idaho in the hills outside Boise reported to police that they saw one also but they gave the time as 4:40 am on the 22nd.5 hours after mine was reported.<br />Go to challismessenger.com and it is on the front page of their online paper.People there were woken by the boom.<br />Sounds like there was more than the one I saw with the time difference.
 
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MeteorWayne

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The NAMN fireball hotline has a report of a ~ -10 magnitude fireball (half the brightness of the full moon) at 2:29:44 AM PDT on the 22nd, from 45 degrees above the NE horizon (Azimuth 49) to 25 degrees above the northern horizon (azimuth 6 degrees)<br />It was very slow, and was observed by a Sandia Sentinal Camera (where such precise info was derived) from Sacramento CA.<br /><br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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Rats, here's the image. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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Hi there,thanks for the info.<br />Don't know if I am just lucky or what but maybe you can check to see if there was any objects or craft over us again tonight.<br />At 11:28 pm PST I was again looking up to our clear night sky,lots of stars tonight.And was watching a jet cruising up at about 35000 ft.<br />Turned around and right where the Big Dipper was from here,a white blinking light appeared out of nowhere.Was way up there.Funny thing was it was a slow blinking light not like a plane or such and it would go straight then left or right and then straight again.It was really moving along but not as fast as a jet at high altitude cruising speed.I saw it for about 30 seconds and then it disappeared.<br />Watched for another 10 minutes and it never appeared again.<br />Any ideas?
 
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MeteorWayne

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I addressed this in the other thread you started. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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