Flintstone Stargazing

October 8, 2008

Fireball over St. Louis

Filed under: astronomy, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 10:51 pm

Tonight, as we drove into St. Louis (for my 20th high school reunion), as we turned onto 44, near the Arch (so with a huge amount of light polution) I saw the most amazing fireball I’ve ever seen. It was easily as bright as the Moon and looked like it was headed almost straight down – like it would land in south St. Louis somewhere. Both my wife and I saw it – it was absolutely spectacular from mag 1 skies. I can’t imagine what it would have looked like from dark skies. It was beautiful.



  1. My wife and I were out walking and we also saw the object. The head of it was larger than any meteorite I have ever seen and it was visible for about 3 or 4 seconds. I thought it may have been space junk entering the atmosphere since it seemed much lower than anything I have seen previously.

    Comment by Roger Stukey — October 10, 2008 @ 9:50 am

  2. Would’ve been nice to see with the arch and everything!


    Comment by Sean Welton — October 10, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  3. Yeah – it was really something. It seemed to have a much more downward arc than any I’d seen before – really cool.

    Comment by Ed — October 10, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

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