i saw another fireball. wha huh?! it happened. wednesday night. 9:33 p.m. bedroom window. you don't know how bad i wanted someone to sock in the arm and say, "can you effing believe that?!" but there wasn't anyone, just me. so i said it to myself. and now i'm saying it to you.
CAN YOU @$%&*! BELIEVE THAT?!
a wonderous & rare nightsky event. this fireball came down in a nearly vertical – 180 degree – angle, unlike the one of last saturday, which by the way, 14 other people reported up and down the state of california!
it had a tail that was 4x as long as the previous fireball. and it had blue & green colors that i hadn't noticed in the other one. i didn't report it to the AMS, but i'm reporting it here. to you!
because of these events i will forever think of my beach hideaway as fireball cottage.
my days there were languid. full of reading, watercolors, writing, and thinking.
watching the sea & sky change colors.
dusk, dawn, and everything in between.
i've already reserved my spot for next year. same place, same time.
I copied this from the American Meteor Society's website:
Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth’s atmosphere each day. The vast majority of these, however, occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions, and a good many are masked by daylight. Those that occur at night also stand little chance of being detected due to the relatively low numbers of persons out to notice them.
Additionally, the brighter the fireball, the more rare is the event. As a general thumb rule, there are only about 1/3 as many fireballs present for each successively brighter magnitude class, following an exponential decrease. Experienced observers can expect to see only about 1 fireball of magnitude -6 or better for every 200 hours of meteor observing, while a fireball of magnitude -4 can be expected about once every 20 hours or so.