Meteors proceeded across the midwestern sky on the night of October 13 from southwest to northwest. These meteors moved relatively slowly, and were reminiscent of a similar phenomenon observed and videotaped in Mexico a number of times in the 1990s. A typical description was provided by a Dreamland fan: “I live in Wichita, Kansas. At approximatley 7:30pm, something flew over the skies in south Kansas. This object, or series of objects, flew in an upward angle toward the skies. It lasted approximatly 4-5 minutes, leaving a trail of red, orange, and blue gases.”
A caller to Kansas City TV station KSN described the phenomenon this way “There’s one big white light and around it was like five little balls, just lights, just following them. And then thru the sky there was just like vapors and vapors were like different colors ? blues and oranges. It was just odd.”
The station received calls from all over the midwest, from Nebraska to Illinois. Sergeant Larry Lincoln of the North American Aerospace Command said that a meteor shower was expected from October 10 to the 27th. But the only meteor shower expected in this time frame would be the Orionids, which are expected from October 15-27, and not until after 10:30 at night. They would radiate out of an area in the northeastern part of the constellation Orion, and would not travel on the course described by tonight’s meteors.
To see the phenomenon and read KSN’s story click here.
To learn more about the Orionids, click here.
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