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Fireball Lights Up Skies Over Washington State

From: Bob Young <YoungBob2@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 23:30:52 EDT
Fwd Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1999 04:44:35 -0400
Subject: Fireball Lights Up Skies Over Washington State

>From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@get2net.dk>
>Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 04:47:57 GMT
>Fwd Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 10:48:27 -0400
>Subject: Fireball Lights Up Skies Over Washington State

>Source: "spokane.net"


>>April 23, 1999

>>Fireball lights up skies across region

>>Compiled from wire services -

>>Kennewick _ The skies over Eastern Washington were lit up
>>Wednesday night by a giant fireball.

>>The flaming orange object was seen from Prosser to the Spokane
>>area and was likely part of the Lyrid meteor shower that
>>climaxed Wednesday, said Peter Davenport, director of the
>>National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle.

Dear List:

This repeats a widely held misconception about bright fireballs
- that they are related to meteor showers.  It is believed that
there are two sources for meteors.

1) comets, which are probably the source for most of the
"shooting stars" seen.  These are thought to be possibly a
mixture of frozen and other material with the consistency of
cigar ash. They may never reach the Earth's surface, except
possibly as cosmic dust.

2) Asteroids, which are rocky bodies, probably are the source of
bright fireballs and the meteorites which reach the Earth's
surface.  They are considered sporadics and not associated with

3) A third source of bright fireballs are space debris.

Clear skies,

Bob Young

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