FW: Electrophonic sounds

From: MALEY, PAUL D. (JSC-DO) (paul.d.maley1@jsc.nasa.gov)
Date: Tue Jun 06 2000 - 05:41:47 PDT

  • Next message: Dale Ireland: "RE: Electrophonic sounds"

    There have been anecdotal accounts of sounds being received by 'some'
    observers in the presence of brilliant fireballs (the kind that cast shadows
    on the ground, perhaps -10 or brighter). In past years, efforts locally have
    been made to perceive reentries of the Space Shuttle (firebally only
    magnitude -4 or -5) but there have been no systematic nor concrete records
    obtained which conclusively prove that such 'sounds' are real or can be
    predicted to be heard by individuals wearing metal rimmed glasses, for
    example. More study on the subject is certainly needed and much of the work
    in the past has been done by a gentleman in Australia. During the Leonid
    meteor shower, I watched and listened from a site at 3,000 feet elevation
    north of Beijing China in 1998 and witnessed at least a dozen meteors that I
    thought might have been good candidates. No sounds were perceived by me
    (wearing metal rimmed glasses) nor anyone else in the vicinity that I
    questioned and yet some of these fireballs were truly brilliant.
    
    Paul
    
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