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#1 James74

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 10:45 PM

So about 8:36PM Pacific time I saw a short flash with the naked eye around NGC 5505. It looked almost like a head-on meteor, but that wouldn't be consistent with the Earth's direction of travel. Did anyone else see this, or was this just a local flash from a meteor? It was pretty bright, considering it was still dusk and it was brighter than Arcturus.

#2 GlennLeDrew

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 12:34 AM

James,
Meteors can enter the atmosphere from any angle (above horizontal, of course :grin:), resulting from the combined velocity vector of both the Earth and the meteoroid. Meteoroids on orbits rather different from Earth's can catch up to us from behind. Especially when its orbit is retrograde.






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