Re: Hearing Meteors?

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Fri Nov 30 2001 - 07:18:17 MST

I can think of several possibilities combining various sorts of neuroinduction,
rectification, and/or heterodyning with local RF sources per your suggestion.

Ditto for "hearing auroras".

Problem is, either, if it does occur, appears to be a deep fringe effect that doesn't make
for easy controlled experimentation.

Another possibility is plain old (but fun!) synesthesia. This might be ruled out.
Has anyone collected specific reports on _how loud_ these things are? Or whether
the ones that are heard are the ones that have been seen?

Rough idea for experiments: blindfold and sequester claimants, have them call out when
they hear a meteor, record these comments with NBS-traceable timestamps and good location
data, then see if there's any significant correlation with records of any contemporaneous
meteor radio bounce and perhaps meteor watch recordings (as long as that group is out of
earshot--and remember, sound carries a long distance at night...)

cryofan wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Nov 2001 11:00:51 +0100 (MET), you wrote:
> >On Thu, 29 Nov 2001, Spike Jones wrote:
> >
> >> Seriously, I dont see how a meteor could be heard, for they would
> >
> >Apparently it's an RF effect, and hence almost instant.
> There have been many reports of people hearing shooting stars, but I
> have seen rebuttals by scientists.
> The RF idea is new to me; I can see the meteor generating RF noise,
> but how does the human ear hear RF noise? Nearby radio/TV?

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