Re: Sorry, Off Topic but I need to tell someone!

From: Jonathan T Wojack (tlj18@juno.com)
Date: Wed Jul 11 2001 - 13:07:20 PDT

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    > >I would actually say that from my viewing location it was within
    > >5 miles from me and at a height of about 500 - 1000 metres.
    > 
    > Not that I want to spoil your enthusiasm :), but I somewhat doubt 
    > this.
    
    As an experienced meteor observer, I concur.  Meteors are seen at an
    altitude of about 50 -70 kms.  If it successfully penetrates the
    atmosphere to below 30-50 kilometers, it will stop glowing because its
    speed has decreased below the critical velocity.  Thus, you could never
    see a meteor-ite come in from space and all the way down to the ground.
    
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    Jonathan T. Wojack                 tlj18@juno.com
    39.706d N   75.683d W           
    
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