Oct 182005

Going out to my car this morning, earlier than I usually leave, I stopped to look at the sky. It was crystal clear, with a full moon like a searchlight. Suddenly a shooting star appeared and streaked toward the east. When I’ve seen shooting stars in the past, they were always just a quick distant streak. This one burned for about three full seconds, and I could actually see the vapor trail it left behind. When the trail burned out, for an instant I could still see the meteorite itself flying along before it cooled to black and disappeared. I wonder if it landed somewhere nearby.

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