They say it happens more frequently than we know, and that it is only getting noticed more due to the one that hit over Russia. But I think if that were true, we’d still have people taking photos of these things and posting them up.
Even I’ve been seeing shooting stars, and I’ve never seen them before. And not because I’m looking for them now, either. This meteor is more impressive than what I saw, of course.
Makes me wonder if some collision somewhere in space sent a bunch of chunks of large rocks our way.
This one does look and sound particularly dramatic in appearance. This report described it as, “A meteor that looked like an immense ball of fire streaked across the sky up and down the East Coast Friday night, astounding viewers throughout Massachusetts and beyond with its tantalizing tail of colored flames.”
Might be a mountain headed into the sea sometime in our near future eh?
I have been suspecting that what the Earth has been seeing for a while is like an ancient collision that did the equivalent of sending a shotgun blast of objects in our general direction.
An interesting point about such collisions is that while the Moon is about 27% the size of the Earth, this does not count Earth’s atmosphere. With the atmosphere, the Earth is a substantially larger target for space objects, larger by say a 50 to 100 miles thick atmosphere.
NASA does monitor Moon impacts of objects over 1 pound.