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Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Earthly And The Celestial

First, a news tidbit from North Korea exemplifying the strange puritanism that seems to dominate all Communist regimes:
"Keeping alive our dress style is a very important political issue to adhere to specific national cultural traditions at a time when the U.S. imperialists are maneuvering to spread the rotten bourgeois lifestyle inside North Korea," the Joson Yeosung (Woman) magazine said, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

The magazine said exotic dress dampens the revolutionary atmosphere in society and blurs national sentiment and asked the public to reject clothes that aren't North Korean style. Instead, it counsels women to wear Hanbok -- the brightly colored, loose-fitting dresses that are traditional in the Koreas.
Get that? Comrade women should wear dresses instread of pants. It's a lot like Southern Baptists....

Now to the celestial. I have seen three fireballs this week. They looked like no meteor I have ever seen. The first two came one right after another, and they were huge, about 30 or 40 times larger than any meteor I have ever seen. I thought a satellite must be breaking up. The third was last night, and I am sure it wasn't a meteor at all.

Other people around the world are seeing them too. CNN:
In addition to a possible meteor streak, Walter said amateur and professional astronomers were considering the possibility that the blitz was the result of a "falling satellite or UFOs." "It is possible that they are UFOs, which are after all things which we cannot explain," he said.

NASA's science Web site (http://science.nasa.gov) mentions reports of recent fireball sightings in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, North Ireland and Japan. It includes images of the fireballs, which one man likened to a spotlight.

Walter described them as "super-large, colored fireballs that shoot with the speed of lightning through the sky".

However, the NASA Web site quotes meteor expert David Asher from the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland as saying that people "are probably seeing the Taurid meteor shower".
According to NASA, they are Taurid meteors:
"In the early 1990s, when Victor Clube was supervising my PhD work on Taurids," recalls Asher, "we came up with this model of a swarm within the Taurid stream to explain enhanced numbers of bright Taurid meteors being observed in particular years." They listed "swarm years" in a 1993 paper in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society and predicted an encounter in 2005.

It seems to be happening.
Those that I saw were much larger than this picture of one. The first two were multi-colored. The third one I saw was incredible. It looked like a laser had lit up a highly reflective broad, thin surface in the sky which then turned so that the broad surface was no longer reflecting the light. The flare could not have lasted more than a fraction of a second. That's the best way I can describe it - as a spotlight effect.

A Taurid fireball photographed Oct. 28, 2005, by Hiroyuki Iida of Toyama, Japan:


This is much larger than normal, but it looks utterly unlike any of three I saw. All three were much larger. The first two were giant round multi-colored flares spitting off sparks which flared up and disappeared very rapidly. The third I have described above.

Watch the skies this weekend.


Comments:
The perfect post- Kim Jong Il and UFO's.

I'm only sorry you neglected to post Kim Jong Il's hair care and style tips.
 
I think some things are best left under their rocks.... The "python has me in its clutches" look is not my favorite.
 
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