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Occurred : 9/1/1964 20:30 (Entered as : 09/01/64 20:30)
Reported: 1/18/2011 10:47:50 PM 22:47
Posted: 1/31/2011
Location: East Hartford, CT
Shape: Fireball
Duration:1.5 seconds
Redish-Orange object falling e to w in northern sky North of East Hartford, CT

In the autumn of 1964 or 1965 while living in East Hartford Connecticut I observed a meteor fall in the northern sky from east to west at about 25 degrees below horizontal. I was startled by the fact that with the flickering of the meteor I also heard a buzzing / sizzling / sputtering sound. I was shocked when I realized that the object must have been miles away yet I was hearing it as it flickered and the intensity of the sound followed the flickering exactly.

Later, I discovered that this is a documented phenomenon that is reportedly caused by a electromagnetic coupling of the em given off by the meteor with the observers hearing system without any perceptible sound being transferred from the meteor to the observers ear, I beleive it is refered to as "ElectroPhonic Meteor" effect.

see: http://www.meteorobs.org/bagnall/audible.htm


((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))