From the November 2007 issue

Stephen James O’Meara’s secret sky: Dancing to a deaf wind

November 2007: Observe a meteor flash to uncover a ghostly train.
By | Published: November 1, 2007 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
It happened in a flash. On the morning of November 17, 2006, I was scanning the predawn sky for Leonid meteors when a magnificent magnitude –4 bolide charged from the zenith. It terminated about 20° above the eastern horizon in an unusually bright explosion of white light. Sparks flew in all directions from that final burst before the meteor vanished.