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Re: OT: MOON ON 12/22 attn:Lynn

From: Gerry Snyder <gcsnyd@loop.com>

John I Jones wrote:
> ....
> One of the most memorable sights I ever had was one night when I was
> flying a Navy P3 Orion over the North Pacific out of Adak Alaska. We
> "flew through" a meteor shower. They were coming down all around us, and
> I could see their trails above and below us.

"Below" as used here means "below a horizontal plane going through the
airplane" rather than "inside a sphere concentric with the Earth passing
through the airplane." The bright glow of the meteor occurs at an
altitude of something like 40-70 miles; so their altitude was much
greater than yours, even if they were below your apparent horizon.

BTW, was this the meteor storm of '66?

> It was incredible.

I am envious.

> It was only later that I fully considered that one might have hit my
> wingtanks and I would not be here to enjoy my irises...

But you'd be famous!       ;-)

As I remember, there was a dog killed my a meteorite, and a person
injured, but no known human fatalities.

Gerry Snyder, AIS Symposium Chair
Region 15 Ass't RVP, JT Chair
Member San Fernando Valley, Southern California Iris Societies
in warm, winterless Los Angeles

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