|Occurred : 4/12/2007 22:47 (Entered as : 041207 22:47)
Reported: 4/13/2007 9:30:18 PM 21:30
Location: Calgary (Canada), AB
|small object from SW to N. 30-35 degress above the horizon - dispersed into 9 -12 egg-shaped low luminous objects (<2seconds)
At approximately 10:45pm on April 12/07, I was outside on my patio deck, which faces towards the East. It was an exceptionally clear night sky and I was impressed by the clarity of most of the brightest stars in the Eastern sky, including Regulus, which is the first star I was able to identify.
I was about to come inside after a couple of minutes of stargazing, when I noticed a very subdued and somewhat translucent object appear in the Southern Sky above the angle of my garage roof that caught my attention for just a second or two, due to its very fast South to North motion in the sky. It appeared as a single object and then rapidly dispersed into several, 9 to 12 egg-shaped, very uniform objects that scattered in shotgun like pattern and then completely disappeared. I would estimate the angle above the horizon and my garage roof to be about 30-35 degrees; was unusually horizontal and low to the horizon for a meteoric atmospheric contact. I have witnessed hundreds of meteor showers over the years and have seen countless satellites in the night sky. Most of these types of observations have had a distinctive brilliance or very noticeable luminosity to them. In this particular case, which only lasted a couple of seconds, had a relativity low luminosity and certain amount of translucent quality to it.
I suppose this event could most likely be classified as a low angle, low mass, meteoric atmospheric contact, which didn’t have a lot of rarefaction to it and thus very low luminosity or brilliance as most of the meteoric displays that I have witnessed in the past, however, this even I would consider to be of importance due to the uniformity of the object and dispersion pattern and its low level luminosity and translucence that I have never before seen in the sky. After this occurred, I came inside to note the time on the clock on the stove, which was 10:47pm. I went outside again, to see if there were any more meteoric activity, when I noticed a cloud formation in the Eastern sky , above the city, which wasn’t there previously. This cloud formation was very small and somewhat rectangular and eventually disappeared in a matter of minutes.