Thursday, April 22, 2010

We saw the meteor!

I forgot to mention that we saw the meteor over Wisconsin last week.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/15/meteor-in-wisconsin-iowa_n_539293.html

We arrived at our place (remember, it is an old church that we've turned into a home) on Wed at about 8:30 pm. It was fairly warm that day - the evening was still fairly nice so we were enjoying a Spotted Cow (it's a Wisconsin beer) on the front steps. We were facing east. At about 10 pm, a weird light started emanating from the west and seemed to be getting brighter and closer. However, we have a neighbor that has one of those annoyingly bright flood lights, so at first we thought they had turned the light on. However, the light grew brighter and brighter - until it was like daytime. Then we saw the meteor - it came into our view, the tall church building had been blocking the view - it streaked across the sky and then dissipated. Several seconds later, we heard the sonic boom. It didn't sound like the sonic booms that I've heard in the past from the Chicago Air Show (another post, but I hate the Air Show - I think it is a government sponsored commercial for war). Anyway, this sonic boom sounded different. We didn't know what it was that had happened, but I said to Bill, let's go inside, I'm a little freaked out.

We did and went to sleep. Found out the next day from NPR that it had been a meteor.

I feel privileged to have seen it. After all, what are the chances that we will be in Wisconsin on a Wednesday evening in April and that it will be warm enough to be outside enjoying a cold beverage? Frankly, pretty slim.

2 comments:

Barb and Steve said...

Very cool! We were driving home from our daugter Amy's house at that time but didn't see it. You are lucky :-)

angie said...

Hi Barb,

Yes, thanks, we thought it was pretty neat.