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30 June 2011

MD NJ CT VA Meteor Fireball = Rocket Launch 29JUN2011

Update from Elizabeth W.:
Well, I think the MD fireball is just an observation of the launch of a Minotaur rocket from Wallops Island. The rocket was carrying the ORS-1 satellite. Launch occurred at 11:09pm. There were some (low) clouds in the area so it would have seemed to 'disappear'...

I viewed the launch from Alexandria, VA... There were several hundred if not thousands of folks  watching the launch from DE down to NC, so if there was an actual fireball, I would think we would have seen more reports...

And it was very red at first and seemed to disappear very momentarily which I attribute to low clouds...

my 'video'
Clear Skies!
Thank you Elizabeth!  Great video!

Ocean City, Maryland Meteor Fireball ~11:00 pm 29JUN2011
I am writing to report a fireball like siting in Ocean City, Maryland June 29 2011.
In a southern sky around 11 pm, I saw a bright red orange fireball, not as large as a full moon. It had multiple red orange bright burning like small trails that continued for about 15 seconds . The main fireball, then started to become smaller as it continued across the sky in a southern direction . It seemed to dwindle to nothing and then reappeared once more at this point looking like a giant star and continued again until it just disappeared . All in all , From when I first noticed it to when it ended lasted about what seemed to be 1 minute .
It was stunning !!!!! -trixiespalace

Ocean City, NJ ~11:27pm on June 29,2011
Chad Hutchinson: A friend and I witnessed a very long event around 11:27pm on June 29,2011. Sitting in south Ocean City, NJ, we saw a red light in the sky coming over Strathmere. As it continued north,it changed to orange and began to lose pieces. It left a trail of small burning particulates and a smoke trail. It disappeared twice but rekindled each time. It finally burned out after about 2 full minutes.

Ocean City, MD
Amy Haldeman: I just witnessed the same event in Ocean City,MD

Ocean City, Md.
Jarrod Woods:6/29/11, Ocean City, Md. we saw a fireball with a tail and the thing actually broke apart and went black and lit up twice. -Jarrod Woods

Norwich, CT ~9:00 pm
Nick Sutera: around 9 pm,may 29th, above the Norwich, CT marina, i was sitting at the marina and looked up and saw a fire ball falling from the sky ,but not sure where it landed ~Nick Sutera

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

NASA launched a rocket at about 11:05 pm from Wallops Island, VA. This is what you saw, was stunning to watch it go up.