Posted by breht, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm
I was just getting into my car on Middlefield Rd across from Fandango Pizza, south of Midtown, Palo Alto when I a heard strange sound, looked up and saw a burning object descending to the east. My field of view was toward the northeast. The view lasted for less than 2 seconds before the flame extinguished. The time and date was between 19:30 and 20:00 on Wednesday, 17 OCT 2012, around the same time as the above report.
Posted by Anon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm
I was lucky enough to see this from that San Jose area. This was one of the clearest fullest views I have ever had of a meteor.
It seemed to be up there for about 5 seconds and covered about 70 degrees of arc ... it was amazing, streaking across the sky bright as a sparkler, with bits falling off it it along the way. It was truly spectacular!
Posted by musical, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm
Sorry I missed it. I guess we are sure by now this wasn't a re-entering satellite or spent booster. They can be quite colorful, but probably don't come with such a sonic boom. Anybody have an explanation for the strange sound heard by breht of Greenmeadow causing him to look upward? (include probable distance and speed of sound in your calculation)
Posted by watts, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Oct 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm
what were those two 5 airliner sized oblong thingies flying side by side at 900 mph then changed into 2 snakelike lines flying over midtown in silence on oct. 1. then a 2 foot wide triangle shaped crystal white thing hovered over your head at only 200 feet after that. welcome to the new dimension.
Posted by melissa, a resident of another community, on Oct 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm
I was on the roof top of the marriott and saw it and then heard the boom! It looked as if it was only a few hundred feet above me. I thought it was a large firework until It made the huge boom. It was sooo cool.