View Full Version : Meteor in Sudan sighted by KLM Pilot

7th Oct 2008, 07:44
From spaceweather.com: The following potentially confirming report comes from Jacob Kuiper, General Aviation meteorologist at the National Weather Service in the Netherlands: "Half an hour before the predicted impact of asteroid 2008 TC3, I informed an official of Air-France-KLM at Amsterdam airport about the possibility that crews of their airliners in the vicinity of impact would have a chance to see a fireball. And it was a success! I have received confirmation that a KLM airliner, roughly 750 nautical miles southwest of the predicted atmospheric impact position, has observed a short flash just before the expected impact time 0246 UTC. Because of the distance it was not a very large phenomenon, but still a confirmation that some bright meteor has been seen in the predicted direction. Did anyone else here see this, or have any other reports?

7th Oct 2008, 07:51
on many flights you see meteors. The relevant thing is that on this occasion it was apparently predicted.

udachi moya
7th Oct 2008, 09:12
I've seen a few biggish meteors while flying in central Asia, quite pretty really, but all have been pure chance - nice to have an alert - and nice to have a decent camera too.... if you're lucky

Several of my colleagues have seen the Soyuz re-entry while flying over Kazakhstan- now thats something I would love to see..

Juliet Sierra Papa
7th Oct 2008, 09:49
Hello all, I received the following from Sky & Telescope.

A very tiny asteroid, not much more than 10 feet across, will enter Earth's atmosphere over Sudan in Africa tonight, October 6-7, 2008, near 2:46 Greenwich Mean Time. Most likely it will burn up before hitting the ground, but it could produce a spectacular fireball, or bolide, in the night sky equivalent to the explosion of about a kiloton of TNT.
These are the assessments of astronomers Andrea Milani of NEODyS in Italy and Steve Chesley (Jet Propulsion Laboratory). They are concerned that eyewitnesses might misinterpret the event as some type of hostile military action. Says Milani, "The earlier the public worldwide is aware that this is a natural phenomenon, which involves no risk, the better."
The first observatory to capture images of 2008 TC3 (as it's now designated) were Richard Kowalski and colleagues of Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona, about 12 hours ago. Confirming measurements were quickly secured by amateur astronomer James McGaha at Sabino Canyon Observatory near Tucson, and then by Gordon Garrad and others at Australia's Siding Spring Observatory and also Christopher Jacques and E. Pimentel using the Global Rent-a-Scope site in Moorook, near Melbourne.
First to point out that the incoming object was heading right for a collision with Earth's atmosphere was Bill Gray of Project Pluto, in a post earlier today to the Minor Planet Mailing List. Canadian amateur Andrew Lowe has independently calculated the object's point of entry to be over Sudan.
The object's entry might be visible as far north as southern Europe and the Middle East. Its location in the sky, however, is completely dependent on an observer's geographic location. As further details become known, be sure to look at the online version of this AstroAlert at SkyandTelescope.com/AstroAlert for possible updates.


7th Oct 2008, 10:32
And I thought it was one of Gloster's finest lying in the desert!

7th Oct 2008, 11:46
Yes, I saw it from over central Europe - a bigger brighter trail than the usual shooting star, terminated by an explosion. All over in about a second, but definitely an unusual event.

Buster Hyman
7th Oct 2008, 12:43
The Tel Aviv Observatory are warning of a possible meteor shower in the vicinity of Tehran & a number of other sites within Iran, sometime in the near future. The Observatory is concerned that eyewitnesses might misinterpret the event as some type of hostile military action. They wish to assure the Iranians that there is no cause for alarm...