Watsisname wrote:A-L-E-X wrote:Source of the post Here is what was really unusual- they seemed really low, maybe only a couple of hundred feet above the trees
Your eyes deceive you. You were seeing them at more like a couple hundred thousand feet.
People often misjudge how far away meteors are, thinking they are "just over those trees", or must have landed "just over that hill". But no. Meteors burn up several times higher than airplanes fly. Especially Perseids, which are typically small and come in so fast that they burn up very quickly in the upper atmosphere.
Larger meteors that reach lower altitudes or drop fragments on the ground (also usually of asteroid origin unrelated to a meteor shower) are also not visible so close to the surface. They slow down significantly and enter "dark flight", no longer draped by glowing plasma. And if you *do* see a meteor reach just 100s of meters altitude and is still burning bright, then you're probably about to be killed by it and the impact will make global news.
Haha, I was even ducking and a little scared to be honest. I stayed outside for an hour, but I admit I wish I had brought a helmet to protect my head (though I know that would have done no good.)
On DPR someone named "Jack" captured a picture of the kind of color I saw, so maybe these multicolored meteors aren't so rare? He also said that they can make sounds as they heat the surrounding air?
The picture he posted here is very similar to what I saw: