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Occurred : 12/13/1998 23:25 (Entered as : 12/13/98 23:25)
Reported: 12/14/1998 18:41
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Cottontown, TN
Shape: Other
Duration:30 min
Many shooting stars spotted

I was out walking my dog.It was cold and clear and the stars were shining brightly. I looked up as I usually do to observe the stars and a green shooting star appeared right above me. Not so unusual. Then I saw another and another and another. They were coming from all directions. West to east. north to south, south to north, east to west. I had never seen so many in one sitting in my entire life. Not even during the Leonoid shower of a few weeks ago. Colors ranged from green to white. I guess I saw at least one a minute sometimes two or three. A couple directly above left a trail that I could make out against the dark sky. After a while I came back in and after 15 minutes went out again and counted 11 more in about 20 minutes. I went back out at about 1:30 am 12/14/98 and didn't see any in five minutes so I came back in. Were we supposed to have a meteor shower last night? If not it was very unusual, but it was the most spectacular show I have seen in my entire life. I hope I didn't waste your time if I'm just reporting a typical meteor shower.

((NUFORC NOTE: Sighting corresponds with beginning of Geminid Meteor Shower. Not a waste of our time.))