On the morning of the 17th, I was pleasantly snoozing away embraced by the telluric current of the Earth, when my bladder began calling me to attention. I propped myself up to get a look at the clock, 5:55 AM, 5 minutes to 6. As I placed my head back on the pillow, staring up through the skylight over me bed, I was startled by a billowing streak of orange fire. A massive bolide traced a trajectory from the bottom right corner of the window aperture to the top left hand corner. Forgetting about my bladder, I lay there for several minutes, absorbing what had just transpired. Plotting the path to the cardinal points of the compass, tracked it West to East. I lay there anticipating a sonic boom. Nothing! It’s not unusual – from time to time – to witness a comet traverse the little aperture of this window. But, those occasional objects are normally distant events skipping faintly along the very top of the troposphere. This sucker was ominous and CLOSE. I can still see the dark orange/yellowish head roiling in a fiery envelope, accompanied by a lengthy, equally agitated, tail. Scouring the news later in the day, nothing to be seen or heard anywhere.
I have not rescinded the intuitive side, prodding me that there was more to this apparition than the banal explanation of space junk dislodged from an envelope of ‘scientific’ rubbish accumulating above us since the day U.S. astronaut, Allen Sheppard first popped his head up there to take a peek.
What are the chances that I should be awoken at that very precise moment – triple 5’s on the clock to boot – to an inordinate spectacle, traversing the limited portal of my skylight, impinging upon the eyesight of my being?
In this case, think what you will. Some would argue that magic is afoot.
To lend objectivity to of how narrow the field of view through this window is, below is a snap-shot of the same skylight, framing another spectacle that assailed my sight on the very first day of the new year, 2015.
Nothing magic here, only a demonstration of arrogant ‘science’ attempting to ‘own the weather’ or cull the herd.