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Comment from Mike….
A meteor exploded in the atmosphere over Payson Arizonaz around 4am on June 2 2016. Estimated size is 10 meter around, a small one. I was just getting out of bed at the time. I couldn’t tell you if I saw or heard anything. But, at 4:55am As I was going outside to get in the truck , for work, I saw the still quite visible smoke trails as the suns rays reflected off of them. This image is of what was visible over Phoenix before sunrise. Estimations had the meteor exploding around 57 miles up. So the trails, are about the same I would think. And like noctilucent clouds..meteor dust originated..Here I thought most recently and jealously with envy,,I’d never see noctilucent clouds due to being so far south. Maybe I was wrong. Any way, I have a few more shots if any folks are interested.
Marvellous capture, Mike, and thanks much indeed for sharing this very rare event with us.
Thanks for your thoughts gentlemen. A few additional notes/ corrections; It has been downsized to a asteroid, estimated at 3 meters around with some of it still showing up on the radar down to 22 miles up before totally vanishing. I originally thought it was smoke trails from a rocket launch. Found out what it actually was when I got home from work. Apparently sonic booms and ground shaking occurred in Payson.
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Quite dramatic! Looks like the full force of the storm is about to reach the downtown area of town in only a short time! Best to stay calm and alert and do not panic as the rain pours down, knowing you are safe, warm and dry inside your car! I would rather head home or head back to work and not be caught up in it at all! From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
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