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To be a fireball, or not to be
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on February 23, 2018 12:01AM

Did you see what looked like a fireball streak across the clear night sky around 9:20 p.m. on Valentine’s Day? Oregon Museum of Science and Industry astronomer Jim Todd “checked reports from various sources” according to (, and it was seen from Oregon and Southwest Washington, and inland Oregon, as well. Pictured, interstellar objects above the Oregon Coast courtesy of Andre Hagestedt/Oregon Beach Connection.

The orange/yellow object had a trail behind it as it moved slowly from west to east, and was seen for 12 to 20 seconds. It either broke up into two pieces, or started that way. Based on speed, “in my opinion, this was a space junk,” Todd said, not a fireball. “Space junk is slower than a meteor or bolide. … Meteors are often quicker and brighter, sometimes exploding bright and low.”

Apparently there were no reports from anyone on the Oregon Coast. Well, here’s one: Carol Lucas saw the mysterious objects from Gearhart. “I saw two of them,” she said. “Definitely two. They moved slower than a shooting star, but faster than a satellite — all bright, twinkly and golden.” At least it was pretty space junk.


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