What was this in the morning sky?

22 Dec 2012, 7 22 am
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37 thoughts on “What was this in the morning sky?

    • Meteors unless famous and pretty known are not reported. I have often seen them as flashes in the sky. The universe is full of random objects flying around :0


    • Its a debri from the Ursids Meteor shower.It peaked on December 22, 2012 in India. And Congratulations ! You seem to be the only person on the internet who has snapped it in action.
      Its not the near earth astroid Toutalis. It passed at a distance 18 times the distance from moon. Not near earth really. Toutalis did not have loose debris.
      Also It can’t be comet as stated by someone above. Comets are huge(only 3,572 known to us) and rarely pass close to earth let alone enter it. If a comet were to enter atmosphere, we all go Shaka Laka Boom Boom !


  1. Have seen it many times with binoculars. Its a Jet Engine Aircraft (most probably from the IAF). I could never identify it. Always flies very high and even with Binocs could find any markings. I think sometimes they deliberately make it smoke. Have no clue why. Because its dawn the colour is Orange. Had it been the afternoon – i think it would appear to be white smoke.


  2. whatever it was, it definitely looks awesome… quite out of place in the peaceful, blue sky… Racking up what I learnt at school years ago, it looks like debris from space or some space object burning up as it entered the earth’s atmospheric layers…


  3. OOPS ! My Bad ! Sorry for the wrong info i gave above. Just checked that you recorded it for 3 minutes.In no way can this be a meteor. Meteorites travel at 13 to 25 Kms per second. At max it takes 2 to 5 seconds max for a meteor to burn off. It takes 6 -7 seconds for the slowest meteorite to enter atmosphere and hit earth. Sorry ! If it lasted any more than 7 seconds, it can’t be a heavenly body.
    It is the contrail of a jet plane !!


  4. It has four distinct and evenly spaced contrails, so its probably an aircraft with four engines. If its Delhi, probably an IAF Il-76 or a civilian Boeing 747/Airbus A340.
    You get such visuals when an aircraft flies through temperatures below -15 C and at a certain level of pressure and humidity in the air.


  5. I have once seen something similar, late into the night, and just as in this case, it slowly faded away. I could not make out what it was, it could have been a shooting star, but it had this burning flame around it. Nevertheless the experience of watching it was quite thrilling.


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  7. “This year, the peak of this meteor display is due during the morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 22.
    The Ursids are so named because they appear to fan out from the vicinity of the bright orange star Kochab, in the constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear. Kochab is the brighter of the two outer stars in the bowl of the Little Dipper (the other being Pherkad), that seem to march in a circle like sentries around Polaris, the North Star.
    These meteors are sometimes called the Umids, in a rather unsuccessful attempt to make clear that their radiant is in Ursa Minor, not Ursa Major.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/12/21/ursid-meteor-shower-peaks-saturday/#ixzz2GDKYgCzC


  8. This is a plane. Or more accurately, this is the morning-sunlight shining on the condensated water-vapour in the exhaust of a jet-plane, there’s two distinct glowing shapes because the plane had one engine under each wing, and possibly a third smaller one in the middle because turbulence breaks up the middle-exhaust more effectively.

    There are many 3-engine jets, the most common one in India is probably the DC10 – you can see a picture of it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DC10-40_JapanAirLine_JA8549%2820010728KIX%29.jpg


  9. So finally, she put an end to all those debates, controversies, uncertainties…I somehow find all this as a staged drama…



  10. So finally, she put an end to all those debates, controversies, uncertainties…I somehow find all this as a staged drama…



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