1. MikeC

    MikeC Senior Member

    A bit of excitement in New Zealand last night as a meteor was seen overhead the capital, Wellington, and for a few hundred miles around.

    Not that meteors are unusual of course, but this one left a persistent trail, and that trail was severely distorted in a fairly short time.

    There aren't a lot of good photos around yet, but these ones shows the trail starting to distort.

    I saw it a little later when it was even more distorted, and without having seen the meteor itself I thought it was really unusual - sign-writing perhaps? Or there'd been a display by the RNZAF over Wellington harbour earlier that day & perhaps they'd come back for an evening encore??:confused:

    I imagine the severe distortions are due to different winds at altitude as it is descending.

    So here's another unusual trail to add to the library.
  2. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Excellent stuff. Meteors left the first contrails. Here's one from 1751:
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  3. MikeC

    MikeC Senior Member

    Another photo - this one closely resembles the shape by the time I saw it

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