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l saw a meteorite from my backyard at an elevation of about on 50ft on 11/6/23 at 4.30pm. It travelled from approx ENE to WSW in about 1-2 seconds. The object was traveling horizontally, not falling, for the period I saw it. It zipped by in a flash! It was mainly brown but looked blurry as though it was rotating at high speed, maybe due to its irregular shape(?). Just an assumption. It also made a noise somewhat similar to a loud electric fan. It travelled about 200yds (very approximately) and I calculated its speed between 200-400mph based on my 1-2 second observation.

I hope this links to my original report because my previous response somehow disappeared before I sent it.

Try to imagine an irregularly shaped brown rock rotating at high speed on its axis, traveling horizontally from my left to right, at my estimate of 200-400mph, at about 50ft above the ground (not sea level) over the 1-2 seconds that I was able to discern it. My field of view of the object was an estimated 200 yards (ie the visible distance it traveled before disappearing off to my right)

That’s what it looked like to me. I came to that conclusion based on the fact that the perimeter of the object seemed very blurred. I could not tell if it was descending in the short time I was able to process it.

The sound was loud, like a large fan to me, as you might imagine that a rotating irregularly shaped rock might make as it zipped through the air. Note that I have several hummingbirds in my back yard and I know what they sound like. Multiply their speed, sound and size by about 10 and that might sound similar to the object.

At first I thought in terms of it being a UAP as I reported on Reddit, but after researching on line I thought it might be a meteorite, but after reading learned comments on Astronomy Stack Exchange i realized that was an probably incorrect assumption.

I’ve never taken drugs and am not given to flights of fancy, and would not waste my time or yours making things up.

In closing, I was totally focused on the object in that 1-2 seconds and when I look back now all I can visualize is its presence to the exclusion of its surroundings. So it’s a UAP again until I hear differently.

Do you think it was a meteorite based on my report? Any estimates on how far away it would have impacted? I live in zip code CA 93065. What are the chances of this?


I hope this links to my original report because my previous response somehow disappeared before I sent it.

Try to imagine an irregularly shaped brown rock rotating at high speed on its axis, traveling horizontally from my left to right, at my estimate of 200-400mph, at about 50ft above the ground (not sea level) over the 1-2 seconds that I was able to discern it. My field of view of the object was an estimated 200 yards (ie the visible distance it traveled before disappearing off to my right)

That’s what it looked like to me. I came to that conclusion based on the fact that the perimeter of the object seemed very blurred. I could not tell if it was descending in the short time I was able to process it.

The sound was loud, like a large fan to me, as you might imagine that a rotating irregularly shaped rock might make as it zipped through the air. Note that I have several hummingbirds in my back yard and I know what they sound like. Multiply their speed, sound and size by about 10 and that might sound similar to the object.

At first I thought in terms of it being a UAP as I reported on Reddit, but after researching on line I thought it might be a meteorite, but after reading learned comments on Astronomy Stack Exchange i realized that was an probably incorrect assumption.

I’ve never taken drugs and am not given to flights of fancy, and would not waste my time or yours making things up.

In closing, I was totally focused on the object in that 1-2 seconds and when I look back now all I can visualize is its presence to the exclusion of its surroundings. So it’s a UAP again until I hear differently.

Comments appreciated

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  • $\begingroup$ Anything bright enough to be seen in the daytime would normally make the news. So, lack of reports elsewhere highly suggest it was something else. $\endgroup$ Nov 9, 2023 at 4:26
  • $\begingroup$ I think the OP is suggestin that he saw the actual meteorite at the end of its "dark flight", not the meteor. This would be enormously unlikely. $\endgroup$
    – James K
    Nov 9, 2023 at 6:22
  • $\begingroup$ Many countries have fireball detection networks and/or citizen science projects where people can report sighting a fireball. If you think you saw one, you can check those to see if there are other reports. See for instance answers here astronomy.stackexchange.com/a/51761/34513 and here astronomy.stackexchange.com/a/46684/34513 $\endgroup$ Nov 9, 2023 at 8:51
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    $\begingroup$ Noise like "loud electric fan" and low estimated altitude both suggest a drone; lots of people flying them around these days and they get mistaken for other stuff all the time. $\endgroup$
    – antlersoft
    Nov 9, 2023 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ Or perhaps a hummingbird. $\endgroup$
    – James K
    Nov 10, 2023 at 21:03

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This is almost impossible.

A meteorite that has entered the atmosphere and survived the "bright" passage through the upper atmosphere will fall to Earth as a stone. In doing so it will lose nearly all its sideways momentum and fall, being blown by high altitude winds. By the time it reaches the Earth it will be falling down, and not shooting sideways. A meteorite that was 50 ft above you, and falling, would fall into your garden, (or perhaps your neighbour's). So your description of a "brown object moving at 200mph at 50 ft" is not consistent with it being a meteorite. (see an article about the dark flight of meteorites for more). I check to see if a meteor had been reported, but none had (of course meteors are more likely to be missed if they occur during the day)

A stone moving at 200mph horizontally and at 50ft will fall to Earth in about 1.7 seconds. In that time it will travel about 500ft horizontally. (But as I said, a meteorite would not be travelling horizontally)

Seeing a meteorite fall is incredibly rare. If a meteorite fell in a suburb of LA, that would be news. I can find examples of reports of people seeing a fireball, and later the meteorite being found. I can find reports of people hearing a "crash" and then finding a crater or impact. I can find no reports of people seeing a falling stone. It is possible that you are mistaken in some of your estimates of height and speed, but the exceptional evidence that would be needed to demonstrate that this was a meteorite is lacking.

Naturally, if further evidence does come in, such as the observation of a meteor or the discovery of the meteorite, I'll update this answer

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks and I defer to your expertise. I was explicit in saying it’s traveling horizontally and far as I can tell in the 1 to 2 seconds. $\endgroup$
    – BobCleland
    Nov 10, 2023 at 19:52

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