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Micrometeorite caught on camera in Oklahoma?

  1. May 27, 2015 #1
    http://www.koco.com/news/flying-object-caught-on-koco-5-news-in-the-morning/31751658 [Broken]
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  3. May 27, 2015 #2


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    interesting video

    firstly, just for your info ... a meteorite is only that after it has hit the ground, whilst in flight, its still a meteor

    secondly ... dunno if you could call this a meteor. Meteors are not known for glowing all the way to the ground unless they are really massive
    the "burning up" phase for all others takes place high in the atmosphere, 50 ++ km

    I really don't know what has been captured there on video, but I seriously doubt that it was a meteor

  4. May 28, 2015 #3


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    The lens flare explanation in the comments there looks very reasonable. Some moving light source somewhere else got seen by the camera.

    The motion does not fit to a meteor.
  5. May 28, 2015 #4
    I later found a video where two local professors claimed it was likely a meteor... HOWEVER, those professors are not very well accredited to be weighing in on this subject; one holds a BS in Meteorology (ironically, doesn't make them an expert on meteors, despite the name), and the other one appears to have only taught 1000 and 2000 level math courses like college algebra and calc I...

    I found this, which agrees exactly with what Dave said... "All but the largest meteors (like the one that formed Meteor Crater) quit burning and fall dark from an altitude of from 5 to 20 km (3.2 to 12.4 miles)." So.... Even choosing the low end, this "appeared" to get much closer to the ground than 5km before going dark.
    Item number 48A on http://meteorites.wustl.edu/realities.htm which links to: http://www.meteoritemarket.com/metid2.htm

    Perhaps I'll reach out to a PhD-level astrophysicist at a reputable university, but probably shouldn't waste their time, I think you guys are right - it most likely was a lens flare/reflection of some kind...
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