Great balls of fire

>> Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You may have seen this already--but it's still awesome in both the "Dude!" sense and the classical sense of "inspiring wonder." From the dashboard camera of an Edmonton, Canada, police cruiser, we see a good-sized meteor zip through the clouds in the early evening hours of November 20th of this year:





13 comments:

Nathan Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 11:01:00 AM EST  

I did see that, but it's pretty cool no matter how many times you see it.

mattw Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 11:25:00 AM EST  

Dude!

I had not seen that. That's an incredible catch.

Jeri Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 12:27:00 PM EST  

Dude! That totally rocks.

Are you sure it wasn't a UFO? ;) Seriously, I hadn't seen it, thanks for posting.

How goes the writing?

Carol Elaine Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 12:54:00 PM EST  

Dude! No way! That's totally gnarly! Like, way tubular!

(Sorry, actual Valley girl here. Went to high school in the 80s in the San Fernando Valley, spent some time at the Galleria and everything.)

Space? Is amazingly bitchin'. Thanks for the vid, dude.

Eric Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 5:21:00 PM EST  

Jeri, the writing goes... um... yeah.

I'm ahead of where I expected to be and behind where I ought to be. A completely doable number of words if I can just get them onto the bleedin' page.

I'm happy I was able to share this clip with everyone. It really is pretty spectacular.

neurondoc Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 5:51:00 PM EST  

Wowie -- I hadn't seen it, although I had heard a news snippet. Nifty.

Natalie

Random Michelle K Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 6:34:00 PM EST  

GAH! What is WRONG with you people? Dude? Dude? Dude?

STOP! Make it STOP! I HATE the word dude!

ACK!

Meteors are NOT dudes! They might even be female! And although Eric qualifies as a dude in that he's male, he's much nicer than a dude!

GRRR!!

*shakes fist*

MWT Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 7:52:00 PM EST  

Michelle ... d00dette... chill. :D

Nice meteor. I saw one like it once, during a leonids a decade back. I was all excited but the only other guy out there at the time was looking the wrong direction and missed it. :(

Nathan Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 8:00:00 PM EST  

MWT,

That's like hitting a hole in one when you're by yourself...it didn't happen. :D

Eric Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 11:52:00 PM EST  

Sorry, Michelle--The Big Lebowski is one of my favorite movies of all time. A leading contender for all-time favorite, even.

The Dude abides. The Dude abides.

John the Scientist Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 10:33:00 AM EST  

Michelle - I used to mix the word "dude" with Russian and Lithuanian when I lived there - there must be a couple of classes of "dude" using English students wandering around Lithuania, now.

Sveikas, dude. Laba diena. Kак дела?

Because, you know, "dude" was better than "Comrade".

Anne C. Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 3:05:00 PM EST  

Very cool, Eric. Thanks for posting it!

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