Suddenly–it caught my eye.
A bright white meteor streaking, streaking, streaking across the southern sky over the Portland-Vancouver metro area.
I only saw it for about three seconds and then it vanished behind a tree. And at first I was thinking, ‘Wow a meteor.’ Then I thought, ‘Nooo, that must’ve been a plane. Am I seeing things?’
I checked twitter. Nothing.
But then the calls started coming into the newsroom and they kept coming. “I live in West Linn and it looked red,” and many other calls like that. It most likely was a meteor–and you can see here in this graphic that it was probably somewhere between the size of a grain of sand and a pebble. It was moving at least 25,000 mph — and we have several of these each hour according to the American Meteor Society. Even more during the hours before sunrise.
But between fog, stoplights, streetlights, and clouds–the list goes on–we often miss them.
I’m glad I got to see this one. And thanks to those of you who called and emailed about the fact you saw it, too. Now I know I was not imagining things!