Look to the Skies...Maybe

@Raelove (17745)
Saco, Maine
May 4, 2016 6:49am CST
I just read that pieces of Halley's Comet will be visible in the night sky this week. Unless our weather improves here and the clouds break up, the chances of us seeing anything are slim to none at this point. Some time in the 1960's, I saw what I thought was either a comet or a meteor, and I'm not sure if it was Halley's, as it was too long ago. According to one source, it last appeared to us some time during the 1980's, so I will never know exactly what it was that I saw that evening. I was out in the field behind our house playing baseball with some neighborhood kids and was standing on the "home plate" which faced west, when suddenly, a big ball of white fire flew across the sky above the houses and trees and was gone. I've seen shooting stars, too, but this was a lot closer and much bigger than a teeny star. According to the weather forecast, it's supposed to be cloudy and rainy right through to the weekend. I'll probably forget to look outside tonight anyway. So I hope that someone somewhere gets to enjoy Halley or what's left of it. I just won't be among them. (Public Domain Image)
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• United States
4 May 16
It will be rain and clouds here also this evening, not that I usualy run out to see these things.
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
I always forget, too.
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• United States
4 May 16
@Raelove Even when they mention it a zillion times I forget LOL
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@marlina (80564)
• Canada
4 May 16
@Raelove I always forget to look up at the sky on those nights.
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@JudyEv (141451)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 May 16
That would have been quite an experience to see whatever it was you saw.
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
It was. It looked a lot like in the photo I got offline. Moving in the same direction, too. Didn't last long. A bright flash then it was gone.
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@Marty1 (37992)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4 May 16
@Raelove I love researching, and I gave a quick research on when Haily's comet has appeared. I remembered the last one in 1986, but the last one before that occurred in 1910. I don't think any of us on my lot was born yet. And if somebody is I congratulate them! I hope the clouds in the sky depart for you to see it. WE have ominous dark clouds today here too, and we are supposed to get rain and thunderstorms
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
@Marty1 No hope of that here, but thanks.
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@CRK109 (14381)
• United States
4 May 16
I'll have to keep an eye out, although it's been pretty cloudy around here, too. Since I'm up on the 13th floor, I get a pretty good look at the night sky without too many lights around. It would be wonderful if I could catch a glimpse!
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
Yes it would. Oh, it must be fun to live that high up. What views you must have!
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@CRK109 (14381)
• United States
5 May 16
@Raelove yes the views are wonderful! Sadly it's raining tonight, so there's nothing to see in the skies above :(
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
5 May 16
@CRK109 Nothing here either, and won't be to again tonight, as it's gray and gloomy today, too.
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@shshiju (10550)
• Cochin, India
4 May 16
You are so lucky to see that.
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
Well, if it's cloudy, I won't see a thing. Hoping though...
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@shshiju (10550)
• Cochin, India
4 May 16
@Raelove Hallys comet comes in 60years is it correct.
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
@shshiju Every 70-75 years. This one is now in pieces.
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@fishtiger58 (30317)
• Momence, Illinois
4 May 16
Seems like every time there is an occurrence in the skies we get the clouds. I really hate that. I hope we can both see something.
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
I know, right? Only rarely do we get to see anything around here.
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@fishtiger58 (30317)
• Momence, Illinois
4 May 16
@Raelove I get so excited and then clouds. I have a camera that can take night shots. would love to get a shot but those darn clouds happen every time.
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
@fishtiger58 Yes. We get a lot of the same weather you do. You just get it before we do. Sun peeked out today for about 10 min. That was it.
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@celticeagle (121030)
• Boise, Idaho
4 May 16
I will try to check it out. We have been having some very nice and clear days lately. I enjoy the history of Hailey's comet and the connection to Mark Twain.
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
Where I live, it's densely wooded, so I can't usually see much open sky anyway. Good luck.
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@celticeagle (121030)
• Boise, Idaho
4 May 16
@Raelove....I live in 'the city of trees'.
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
@celticeagle That's right. The word "bois" means "woods" in French. Must be beautiful.
@gudheart (12740)
5 May 16
That sounds strange! Wonder what it was. I could have been a weather balloon that was landing?
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
5 May 16
No. That was moving way too fast to be a weather balloon. I've researched it, and it must have been a meteor. It's too long ago now, so I don't remember if anyone else saw it or what.
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@gudheart (12740)
5 May 16
@Raelove Oh right. Could had been. Scary.
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@Telynor (1385)
• United States
6 May 16
This is the Eta meteor shower, usually from the remains of comets that come through. What you saw was probably a fireball, a larger chunk that flared out as it burned up. It happens all the time.
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
6 May 16
I saw this during the 1960's, not recently. There were a few comets during those years, so who knows what I saw...I haven't seen anything like it since.
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@Susan2015 (22171)
• United States
5 May 16
I believe that I saw a shooting star once. They are something to see. What a wonder.
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
6 May 16
Yes they are.
• United States
4 May 16
I always forget to check out things like this. It is very cloudy and rainy here where I live, so most likely I wouldn't see much anyway.
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
Same here.
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@amadeo (78355)
• United States
4 May 16
Weather forecast.Of and on rain or showers all week long.Go figure
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
Yup, I know, Fredo. Just our luck, huh?
@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
4 May 16
Weird that 30 years later, pieces of it are still trailing behind
The Eta Aquarid meteor shower should bring up to 30 shooting stars an hour, products of the famous comet that last visited Earth in 1986.
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@Raelove (17745)
• Saco, Maine
4 May 16
OK, that's it. I'm leaving a note to myself to look outside tonight. Not that I'll see much with all the trees and security lamp-poles around here. And there are those clouds, too, which are parting now but may not later...
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@mavlana (1025)
• India
6 May 16
There are clouds in the sky from 2-3 days...but sadly no rain.
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@Lucky15 (33669)
• Philippines
4 May 16
Oh... i will be checking that
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@Macarrosel (7536)
• Philippines
4 May 16
I seldom see shooting stars.
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@Bennkz03 (189)
• Zimbabwe
4 May 16
waal That's something else
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