Meteor spotted Friday likely unrelated to Russia's Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Feb 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm
Bay Area stargazers caught a glimpse of a meteor over the Peninsula Friday night, Feb. 15, but it probably wasn't related to the devastating meteor that landed in Russia nor the asteroid that flew by just 17,000 miles from Earth Friday.
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Posted by musical, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Feb 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm
>> Meteors can come in showers, sometimes when the Earth passes through the tail of a comet.
More properly, the "trail" of a comet, as in when Earth crosses a comet's orbital track, which is why we see 12-month repeat intervals of meteor showers. As a comet disintegrates, it leaves a ring of debris along its orbit that lasts for centuries.
Nice rational article -- devoid of common tabloid hyperbole.
Posted by Amazed, a resident of the Esther Clark Park neighborhood, on Feb 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm
It is not the time of year for a meteor shower, but the day after the Russian meteor, another meteor passed over Indonesia. According to astronomers' reports, the odds of two such meteors in a 24-hr period are one in 100 million!
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm
Has anyone considered the possibility (vague, perhaps) of the Russian meteor being anything to do with a rocket from North Korea which was wrongly timed to have coincided with the known meteor coming into close contact with Earth. It sounds to me something which the North Koreans could be underhand about.