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I was camping recently (May 2014), and observed several shooting stars (very fast, short lived), a few satellites (very slow, long lived) and lots of aircraft (flashing lights) in the night sky.

All of the shooting stars appeared normal, as very fast streaks across the sky, which disappeared within a fraction of a second. All except one. One started fairly straight as normal, then took a completely unexpected wavy path (like releasing a balloon to fly around the room) towards the end of its flight. Then it winked out. What caused this?

Note, I was completely sober at the time, the sky was clear, and I believe this could not have been an aircraft or satellite because of its tremendous speed. Apart from this 'meteor', there was nothing else in the sky which could be interpreted as a firework.

Could this really have been a meteor, and what could have made it take this path? If not a meteor, what else could it have been?

(Note: I have tagged this 'UFO' because I'm not sure I can identify this object, not because I think it's an alien space craft).

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Googled "wavy meteor" and got this: – HopDavid May 27 '14 at 23:37
@HopDavid - I saw that too, but there was no reasonable explanation for what I saw, only something about meteors bouncing back out, which would only be a single bend. – Rocketmagnet May 28 '14 at 8:10
You don't need to make that clarification, a UFO does not (in any way) make reference to alien space crafts, it clearly means Unidentified Flying Object. If you would think it was an alien spacecraft then you wouldn't be calling it a UFO. – harogaston May 30 '14 at 3:58
Did the wavy meteor also last only fractions of a second? I guess it could've fragmented and created a spray which just appeared wavy as each fragment got bright in turn, and you instinctively connected the dots to a wave during that fraction of a second. – LocalFluff May 30 '14 at 9:03
@LocalFluff - Perhaps. I can't say for sure that it wasn't that. But it certainly seemed like a single object moving in a wavy trajectory. The whole event lasted about as long as any other shooting star; less than a second. – Rocketmagnet May 30 '14 at 9:13

yes its surely possible because i saw this same thing last winter duringthe geminid showers...I have a hunch this might be because that particular meteor either broke up, causing instantaneous acceleration/deceleration due to fluctuation in air resistance on it!

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I am not claiming this to be right, but maybe the meteor encountered strong wind currents on the higher layers of the atmosphere. Or maybe simply as density and temperature were changing, the meteor was deviated, in a similar way as light diffracts in different mediums. It seems the angle at which the meteor entered the atmosphere would play a major role.

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