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The Sky is Falling

John on February 25, 2008 at 11:56 am

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When I was about 10, I spent a night out in front of my house in Virginia with my step-brother Jim talking about Astronomy. I was a bit of a buff and he was interested in talking about what I knew about the stars, black holes, etc.

It was a clear, cold night and after we’d been talking about an hour our attention was drawn to the top of the trees across the street. A light streaked across the sky and flashed. But this wasn’t just a distant pinprick like most meteors, this was a round fireball that finally vaporized itself. It seemed as if it might only be a few hundred feet up (though in reality it may have been more).

My brother and I were astonished. What are the chances of seeing something like that in your life? What are the chances that it should happen as you’re having an extended conversation about astronomy? Had it happened in a movie, no one would believe it. But it did happen.

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