Sunday morning I was ready for church quite a bit before Dan was. He was still in the bedroom and bathroom, getting ready, while I was sitting in the family room, reading. That's when I heard a sharp "clunk" on the roof. It was not a bird, because it was something hard and fairly heavy. It wasn't a ball, because I didn't hear any bouncing, and there were no children out playing at that fairly early hour. It was loud enough to make me jump.
A few minutes later Dan came out of the bedroom. "Did you hear that noise on the roof?" I asked him. But he had not. "Oh, well. Maybe it was a meteorite," I joked, and then thought nothing more about it all day. That evening, however, Dan called me into the office to look at an article displayed on his computer screen. The article was telling about debris, supposedly caused by the collision of two satellites, that was falling across Texas and (according to some of the articles I later read) parts of New Mexico. Here's a You Tube video about that early report:
But now, a couple days later, the Government is saying that the debris was not from the two satellites, but was a "natural phenomenon." Here's an article from eFluxMedia, posted today:
Satellite Debris Is Beginning to Make People More Suspicious Than Necessary
By Irene Collins
00:45, February 17th 2009
According to the U.S. government, there's no relation between the fireballs that streaked the Texas skies Sunday and the collision of two satellites over Siberia last week. The item, accompanied by a loud boom, was seen by Austin, Texas, marathon participants and crowds Sunday as it moved across the sky.
"It was something burning and falling really fast. Where I was at the time, yeah, I remember shooting it and wondering what I shot and then looking around and seeing if anyone saw it with me, and everyone was just focused on that marathon that we were shooting at the time," said Eddie Garcia, photographer.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the fireball was a natural phenomenon - not flying space junk - and a North Texas astronomer said more specifically that it was probably a truck-sized meteor with the consistency of concrete.
“There is no correlation between the debris from that collision and those reports of re-entry,” said Major Regina Winchester, with STRATCOM. Moreover on Saturday, the FAA issued a notice for pilots to be on the lookout for falling space debris. Late Sunday, however, the notice was removed and being rewritten to attribute the concern to a "natural source."
The FAA said people who find pieces of debris should not touch them and should contact law enforcement. Local military officials will collect and analyze the debris to confirm what it is, the FAA said. The debris field could stretch from New Mexico to Houston.
Meteor fireballs bright enough to be seen in the daytime are rare but not unheard of. Two of the most recent fell in October in the Alice Springs region of Australia and last June just west of Salt Lake City, Utah. A sonic boom also was heard in connection with that event, the Australian observatory says.
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Yesterday Dan and I both took turns walking around the house, looking for a strange "rock" or piece of metal. Neither of us found anything suspicious. We also stood back away from the house to look for something on the roof. Again, we didn't notice anything odd. Of course, our yard is a typical New Mexican yard - no grass, just rock and gravel. That might make spying a "strange" black rock a little difficult.
I concede that the odds are against satellite debris, or a meteorite, hitting our roof. But something did hit the roof, and my three questions are: What was it? Where did it come from? And where is it now?
I'm eager to hear any ideas you might have.