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Old 06-26-2019, 04:08 AM
 
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Meteorites are often being sighted recently. Why?
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Old 06-26-2019, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Here is a guide to when to see the best meteor showers: https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essen...r-shower-guide. There are no storms (over 1,000 meteors/hour) predicted for this year.

Here is one more site that will give you al little more information: https://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-sh...ower-calendar/. If you notice you will have to wait until 2099 for the next Leonids storm.
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:55 PM
 
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Here is a guide to when to see the best meteor showers: https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essen...r-shower-guide. There are no storms (over 1,000 meteors/hour) predicted for this year.

Here is one more site that will give you al little more information: https://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-sh...ower-calendar/. If you notice you will have to wait until 2099 for the next Leonids storm.
I am not talking about meteor showers. I am talking about the bright light that came from meteors or meteorites that are seen in Australia and Russia.
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Old 06-27-2019, 12:13 AM
 
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Going to go out on a limb and suggest that technological improvements make it easier to spot smaller and smaller objects.
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Old 06-27-2019, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, Fairfax County
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I am not talking about meteor showers. I am talking about the bright light that came from meteors or meteorites that are seen in Australia and Russia.
So give stats to back it up. Let's see what you think the problem is and then see if there is a reasonable explanation to why it is like it is.
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Old 06-27-2019, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I am not talking about meteor showers. I am talking about the bright light that came from meteors or meteorites that are seen in Australia and Russia.
A meteor is something that falls from the sky. A meteorite is a meteor that doesn't burn up and manages to make it to the ground. All meteors generate bright light because they're burning up in the atmosphere.

Meteors that are at least as bright as the full moon are called bolides, or fireballs (superbolides are at least 100 times as bright as the full moon).

The number of bolides reported by JPL has remained fairly constant over the years - since 2000, most years they're in the 30s. The number of bolides reported by the AMS has grown substantially over the same period:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bolides

Here's the data from JPL and the AMS:

https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/fireballs/
https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/memb...ireball_stats/

Note that these stats are not related to the number of objects identified and tracked - this has increased, too, primarly because our eyes in the skies are getting better and better. Factors that might affect the JPL and AMS bolide numbers:

  • The criteria used by JPL and AMS for reports may be different
  • More people may be reporting sightings in recent years
  • Proliferation of cell phones and sharing of videos on social media
  • Changing societal attitudes toward reporters of unusual events
  • Increasing amounts of space junk falling out of orbit
  • Some event in the outer solar system sending bigger rocks inward
  • Solar system moving into an area of space with more floating crud

I don't think anyone knows - my guess is it's some combination of the above. It is indeed weird that this doesn't seem to have been commented on by the press other than the Nibiru crowd.
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Old Today, 12:42 AM
 
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These sighting have been shown on television. They have been taken by dashcams.
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Old Today, 08:34 AM
 
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These sighting have been shown on television. They have been taken by dashcams.
Notice how quite a few of the increasing number of dashcam videos you've seen over the past decade have been from Russia? There's a reason for this:

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It was the Russians who paved the way and popularized the use of car cameras after their Interior Ministry permitted citizens to install in-car cameras in 2009.


This regulation was passed because there was an increasing number of insurance fraud being committed in the country... The car cameras captured everything from shocking drivers, insurance fraud, beautiful scenery, meteor showers, and more. These shocking videos became so popular that it led to a 918% increase in car camera sales in the UK and a 200% increase in sales in the US.
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With that kind of a spread in dashcams in Europe and the U.S., it's no wonder we see an increase in the number of bolide dashcam films on the news.
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