Walking my cat around 11.10pm CDT, there was an incredibly bright flash that cast stark, sharp shadows, a bluey-white, like lightning, which made me do a double take because the sky had been clear a second ago. I looked up, there was a plane south, perhaps southwest, and just off to the right of it, I saw a blue trail about 1 degree long fro south to southwest, dissapearing about 3-10 degrees removed from the plane, and immediately thought “wow, a meteorite”.
But it had been a pretty darn bright flash, and I looked up at the plane, actually wondering for a second if something had been fired at it.
The reason I was skeptical wasn’t terror, but because I’ve seen meteorites in roughly the same area of the sky on a few occasions now. The first one was about … maybe a year ago, and it broke up into a variety of colours and for a moment I thought it was a firework.
Google map of the area
So is there any particular reason we’d see these so much more often than I used to in England? I used to look for them back then! We’re under one of the landing path’s of the shuttles, maybe other stuff, could it be detritus from launches or stuff orbiting or do you just get more debris falling to earth at these lattitudes?