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Quantum_Raider
2004-Aug-02, 10:14 PM
Meteorites seen in North Island

New Zealand Herald - Latest News (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/latestnewsstory.cfm?storyID=3581883&thesection=new s&thesubsection=general)


Meteorites were reported this morning in the Auckland region and the lower North Island.

The police central communications centre said a meteorite which streaked across the lower North Island sky in the early hours of this morning had been seen by pilots from several aircraft.

And this is not long after the one that crashed into the house in Auckland too.

aurora
2004-Aug-02, 10:48 PM
The Perseids should be starting about now.

Might be a really nice show during the next two weeks.

01101001
2004-Aug-03, 12:14 AM
Meteorites seen in North Island

New Zealand Herald - Latest News (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/latestnewsstory.cfm?storyID=3581883&thesection=new s&thesubsection=general)


Meteorites were reported this morning in the Auckland region and the lower North Island.

The police central communications centre said a meteorite which streaked across the lower North Island sky in the early hours of this morning had been seen by pilots from several aircraft.
So why did they call them meteorites? Should they not call them meteors until they had been actually proved to have survived the trip through the atmosphere?

Quantum_Raider
2004-Aug-03, 01:16 AM
So why did they call them meteorites? Should they not call them meteors until they had been actually proved to have survived the trip through the atmosphere?

Possibly because ...

National Radio reported pilots had narrowed the landing point of the meteorite to the sea northeast of Cape Palliser in southern Wairarapa.

and ...


Mr Barlow said the meteorite was visible for 5-8 seconds, and he presumed it had landed in the Hobsonville air force base.

"I was keen to pull over and have a look for it, but figured that would probably be a waste of time - and I had to get to work."

He said he just hoped the meteorite had missed the houses in the area.

On the other hand it could just be bad journalism :)

aurora
2004-Aug-03, 03:34 PM
It is real common for observers to assume that a bright meteor which is seen to dissappear over the horizon actually landed somewhere just beyond their visible horizon.

In actuality, it is more common for that bright meteor to not hit the surface at all, or if it does hit it might be hundreds of miles away.

That is why meteorite hunters try to get multiple observations (altitude, azimuth, and direction traveled) and triangulate to narrow down a possible location to search.

More on this web site on meteors:
http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/tv/asteroid.html
http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/misc/meteoric.html
http://www.badastronomy.com/bitesize/ufoskip.html

Quantum_Raider
2004-Aug-04, 01:43 AM
You were right about the Perseids starting aurora, more meteor sightings reported in the news.

And another news site described them as meteors so it looks like BJ (bad journalism) on the part of the New Zealand Herald.