[AZ-Observing] Re: Meteor Colors

  • From: "AJ Crayon" <acrayon@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 20:45:52 -0700

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  

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