From a web search the following, short versions, were found - slow meteors can be seen as red or orange silicon atoms and molecules of atmospheric nitrogen give a red light silicate meteors produce fiery red colors There's lots more out there about this topic. AJ Crayon Phoenix, AZ ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jimmy Ray" <jimmy_ray@xxxxxxx> To: <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2009 8:23 PM Subject: [AZ-Observing] Meteor Colors To All, Happened to be outside at 00:45 Hours this morning looking out to the SSW when a small, fast meteor streaked east to west in the area of Canis Minor. It left a momentarily persistent trail and was gone. It would have normally been rather unmemorable except the color, which was an a dark orange-red, which was a first for me. The sky seemed clear (no perceptible smoke or such) and was about 45 degrees above the horizon. I have seen plenty of Green, blue, and white ones, exploding ones and even a "head on" one but orange-red? Any thoughts? Jimmy Ray -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list. -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.