Did anyone else see that meteorite tonight? Around Town, posted by landels parent, a resident of the Jackson Park neighborhood, on Nov 7, 2009 at 10:48 pm landels parent is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
We saw what might be a meteorite coming down tonight around 5:30 / 6:00 and are trying to figure out what it was. It was so bright and appeared to land on our side of the mountains. Saw it from Shoreline Park. Did anyone else see it or know anything about it?
Posted by Phillip, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Nov 8, 2009 at 2:05 am
Are you sure it wasn't just a firefly?
When viewed from a good angle, and against a dark background, a glowing firefly may be indistinguishable from something bright in the sky.. The valley is very bright, and most meteors (meteorites are the remnants found on the surface of the earth, if any) are bright enough.
Posted by Craig, a resident of another community, on Nov 10, 2009 at 6:37 am
Yes, I saw it while driving south on San Antonio Road, and had a good view. The glowing meteor stopped just short of the ground (presumably vaporized at that point), and left a visible trail in the sky. From my position, it appeared to come at a very steep angle, perhaps 20 degrees off vertical.
Posted by Graham Poor, a resident of the Whisman Station neighborhood, on Nov 10, 2009 at 11:02 am
Saw it from Shore Line Park, looked like it was over Los Altos, but can't be sure, but definitely between us and the mountains. smoke trail lingered for minutes, Others there saw it too. Looked greenish, saw some clips on youtube of daytime meteors, looked the same. If someone finds it (if it didn't all burn up) it's worth some money!
Posted by Wayne, a resident of another community, on Nov 11, 2009 at 2:19 pm
I saw a fireball near Willows in Glenn County. I thought it actually hit ground west of town. It was a large slow moving fireball. At first I thought it may be a plane crashing. But after reading about the Taurids meteor shower happening at that very time, I know know it was a meteorite. It was awesome!