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A Meteor Over Northern Bay

Uploaded by: deepwoods

Wednesday November 21, 2012

Penobscot, ME (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: I was surprised to see this over the Northern Bay at Sunset last night. It was very close and probably fell into the Gulf of Maine. It was travel from North to South. I had never seen a meteor before.

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43. deepwoods
2:19 AM GMT on December 15, 2012
Thanks, everybody!!!

Thank you, Andras. I'm going to look for the meteor shower tomorrow night! YES! It was like being closer to the creation of the universe!!!
Patty
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42. Danube
10:45 PM GMT on December 14, 2012
Great shot, Patty. Moving experience is, possible, to be closer to the creation of universe suddenly.
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41. polishprinz1
10:36 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
avtanski. good observation. keep looking up!
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40. polishprinz1
10:33 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
merc... facinating comments! to see one of a few moments, is rare indeed. keep looking up !
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39. lorik
9:09 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
Double congratulations on your AC and VIP!
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38. okeedoky
3:28 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
...forgot to pay SiriusXM bill this month so they probably scuttled my satellite.
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37. biff4ugo
2:37 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
Did you hear it?
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36. emixam101
7:25 PM GMT on November 25, 2012
I though I WAS lucky... INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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35. Skyzics
2:26 AM GMT on November 25, 2012
Could it be orbital space debris rather than a meteor?
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34. Crucescruiser
6:53 PM GMT on November 24, 2012
WOW!!!!!
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33. tornadotexas
2:27 PM GMT on November 24, 2012
How did you catch that photo of the comet through the air!!?? Now that is what i call wonderful photography!!
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32. LindyLu60
8:49 AM GMT on November 24, 2012
Stupendous shot! ongrats on the AC and VIP..
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31. belletrouvaille
4:15 AM GMT on November 24, 2012
Oh, my gosh, Patty, how on earth could you have photographed that? (pun intended) Wow, how exciting for you! Double congratulations on your AC and VIP!
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30. speidi1
9:40 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
Beautiful pic. When I was 15 (1967), my friend Mark and I were walking in pitch dark from east to west in Apalachin, NY. All of a sudden, a huge ball of fire travelling from east to west flew over our heads. I immediately knew what it was because I was fascinated by anything space-related. I didn't believe in UFOs yet. It trailed three fire tails and we could even hear it. It didn't sound like a freight train, but a medium-pitched whistling sound. It was the best thing I've ever seen. It landed in Nichols, NY, about 20 miles to the west. Wow.
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29. dno36
7:25 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
Awesome!! Thanks for sharing!
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28. Agris
7:23 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
interesting color !
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27. Toddcert
7:18 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
IM Tired Of Wishin' On A Falling Star
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26. deepwoods
5:37 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
Thanks to everyone for your comments. A special thanks to Merc for the valuable info!! I have no doubt what I saw was a meteor. I have seen MANY photos and videos of them on the internet and in books, and yep, that's what it was!! :)

To Avtanski, lolol.....I can't see anything from my yard, as I live deep in the Maine woods and the pine trees block my view. But the Bay is very near my cottage, so I have a great view of the sky from there! Thanks for you information too!!

Patty
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25. deepwoods
5:37 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
Thanks to everyone for your comments. A special thanks to Merc for the valuable info!! I have no doubt what I saw was a meteor. I have seen MANY photos and videos of them on the internet and in books, and yep, that's what it was!! :)

To Avtanski, lolol.....I can't see anything from my yard, as I live deep in the Maine woods and the pine trees block my view. But the Bay is very near my cottage, so I have a great view of the sky from there! Thanks for you information too!!

Patty
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24. MNTornado
5:34 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
Congrats on the great photo deepwoods.
I do believe you are the first to capture and post a photo of a large meteor. Lucky shot!
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23. AETHOMAS
3:09 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
Wow! Wonderful shot!
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22. WigglesMom
2:37 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
I've been blessed to have actually HEARD and seen a meteor hissing through the sky just before it burned up or landed. It's unforgettable! Thank you so much for sharing these amazing photos! Julie in Ohio
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21. stoneygirl
7:34 AM GMT on November 23, 2012
What a fantabulous photo!! Awesome capture and congrats on VIP!
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20. MercForHire
7:25 AM GMT on November 23, 2012
Quoting avtanski:
However, are you sure it was a meteor? Typically a meteor lasts less than a second - it's a bright streak that flashes and is immediately gone, so you have no time to take a snapshot.


Not entirely true. While the VAST majority ARE very momentary, there are a couple or three every night which may last upwards of 10 seconds or so, especially if it's large, breaks into several pieces, & is from one of the typically "low streams".

Every single meteor shower has a very distinct personality ... bright & fast, slow with long trails, many pinpoint flashes with no trail, lots of bolides (painfully bright ones), even large percentages of specific colors. And then there are always orphan meteors, from no known stream, which can be almost any type.

And then too, if either you are making long-exposure photos, or if a bright flash didn't ruin your night vision, the tails of a few per night may last for a minute or more ... a ghostly white serpent being slowly warped by upper air currents.

I've been an astronomer for well over 2 decades, have probably averaged 200+ nights each year doing at least an hour or so of observing, and Have seen at least 1 decent meteor every single time. Even if the observing/photo session is over, if I've yet to meet thatreal good one, then I'll ALWAYS stay out until I finally see that one good one, then I call it a night. It rarely takes longer than 30 minutes before that happens.

Two automatically come to mind as belonging to that really good group. One was at a Drive-In Theater (anyone remember those?) and was behind & above the screen. The other was brilliant green & HUGE in size, seen with a friend while floating a river. The first was much longer in both size & time, the latter was much more brighter & colorful. Both lasted about the same amount of time, around 5-7 seconds. That green one could have also been an omen, since we were illegally spotlight raccoons & had already knocked a little hole in the boat on a rough shoal. :( :(

But yeah, there's AT LEAST 2 or 3 SupeEteors every single night if you happen to be looking up at the right time ... or down too, since many of these can make shadows. And these are the type which very often last ridicously long.

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Deepwoods, this one most likely never made it to the ground. Atmosphere entry is a VERY brutal affair & believe-it-or-not, most of the ones around this same brightness & size are only about the size of a marble or quarter. There's just not enough mass there to keep it from totally vaporizing.

In order to make ground contact, it'll need to start out about the size of a softball or so, and have a very favorable entry angle. In that case, you MIGHT get a dime-size one on the ground or in the water.

The ones which survive entry as a good size chunk, say a couple/three inches or so, were probably the size of watermelons & would have most likely left a very prominent trail across half of the sky. For a second or so, they would have been the brightest thing in the night sky, maybe competing even with Luna, & could have very easily have been visible in daytime.
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19. avtanski
4:17 AM GMT on November 23, 2012
And speaking of meteors - if you want to see some, almost every clear night is fine; just sit on a lawn chair and keep looking up. Typical rate is about 10 per hour.

However, if you try this on the nights around December 13 you are in for a treat. This is when the Geminids meteor shower peaks. The typical rate at the peak is around 50-80 meteors per hour (this is on top of the 10 per hour background rate), so if you spent even 5 minutes looking up at that night you are practically guaranteed to catch a few.
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18. deepwoods
2:01 AM GMT on November 23, 2012
I had my camera set on 3 shots, so it snapped them immediately. The meteor was there for just seconds. It was very fast, and it was coming down. I saw where ME and NH had meteor sightings at that time last night. I have no doubt it was a meteor. :)
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17. evergreen47
1:56 AM GMT on November 23, 2012
Good shot!! By the way, my maiden name was Gross. Thanks for posting.
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16. MrEdword
8:37 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Great capture!! - I have seen a few meteors and one fairly large one that looked pretty much like this one. avtanski is right - they last only a very short time, so if it was a meteor you were very lucky to have your camera positioned and ready to capture the great shot.
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15. avtanski
8:09 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Pretty picture. However, are you sure it was a meteor? Typically a meteor lasts less than a second - it's a bright streak that flashes and is immediately gone, so you have no time to take a snapshot. How long was this one visible?

Here is a video of some meteors:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PurS9drcCrk
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14. gilg72
4:53 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Update: Congratulations on the VIP!
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13. deepwoods
4:49 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
I certainly did get lucky! I'm rarely near the Bay at sunset....maybe I should hang out there more often. :) Thank you!!
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12. gilg72
4:18 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Wow! Wonderful shot. You got lucky!
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11. nanapoo
4:07 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
wow!!! amazing that you were able to capture this and it is so obviously a meteor!! Congrats on the VIP!
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10. Breckendude
3:33 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
What a phenomenal shot, Patty! I never, ever thought that meteors would be so clear. This is the first time that I would give a photo an 11! WOW!
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9. samarsh44
2:31 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Oh my gosh, this is a wonderful shot!
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8. deepwoods
2:22 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Thanks!! I appreciate that, J&C!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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6. deepwoods
2:02 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Thank you for your nice comments. I am so glad you like this shot of the meteor. I was really just looking at the sunset, when all of a sudden the meteor arrived, for just a few moments. It was quite a welcome surprise because I have never seen one before. I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving Day, wherever you happen to call home.
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5. backwardguy
1:43 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Incredible capture! Congrats on the VIP!
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4. WigglesMom
1:43 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
This is amazing, AND beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! God sure put you at the right place, at the right time, with quick reflexes and a steady hand! Julie in Ohio
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3. turxen
1:35 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Utterly magnificent, Patty! If any photograph has ever deserved an Approver's Choice,this is THE one. Congratulations to you for being there with your camera and to us for seeing this unique event. Thank you.

Robert
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2. Kajzar
1:11 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Wow! Incredible photo! Congratulations on the VIP!
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1. slmlnn
12:57 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Great picture! Seen many of these but never one that is so clear! Excellent!
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Enjoy taking photos in the area of Downeast Maine where I live near the shore with my husband and our dog, Drzl, who is one half greyhound and one half rhodesian ridgeback. I am not a professional, I just shoot what looks cool or interesting to me. Thanks for looking!

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