Fascinating Green Meteor Researcher Dr. La Paz
During the kidney-jolting trip down the valley from Los Alamos to Albuquerque in one of the CARGO Airlines’ Bonanzas, I decided that I’d stay over an extra day and talk to Dr. La Paz. He knew every detail there was to know about the green fireballs. He confirmed my findings, that the genuine green fireballs were no longer being seen. He said that he’d received hundreds of reports, especially after he’d written several articles about the mysterious fireballs, but that all of the reported objects were just greenish colored, common, everyday meteors.
Dr. La Paz said that some people, including Dr. Joseph Kaplan and Dr. Edward Teller, thought that the green fireballs were natural meteors. He didn’t think so, however, for several reasons. First the color was so much different. To illustrate his point, Dr. La Paz opened his desk drawer and took out a well-worn chart of the color spectrum. He checked off two shades of green; one a pale, almost yellowish green and the other a much more distinct vivid green. He pointed to the bright green and told me that this was the color of the green fireballs. He’d taken this chart with him when he went out to talk to people who had seen the green fireballs and everyone had picked this one color.
The pale green, he explained, was the color reported in the cases of documented green meteors. Then there were other points of dissimilarity between a meteor and the green fireballs. The trajectory of the fireballs was too fiat. Dr. La Paz explained that a meteor doesn’t necessarily have to arch down across the sky; its trajectory can appear to be fiat, but not as flat as that of the green fireballs. Then there was the size. Almost always such descriptive words as “terrifying,” “as big as the moon,” and “blinding” had been used to describe the fireballs. Meteors just aren’t this big and bright. No —Dr. La Paz didn’t think that they were meteors. Dr. La Paz didn’t believe that they were meteorites either.
A meteorite is accompanied by sound and shock waves that break windows and stampede cattle. Yet in every case of a green fireball sighting the observers reported that they did not hear any sound. But the biggest mystery of all was the fact that no particles of a green fireball had ever been found. If they were meteorites, Dr. La Paz was positive that he would have found one. He’d missed very few times in the cases of known meteorites. He pulled a map out of his file to show me what he meant. It was a map that he had used to plot the spot where a meteorite had hit the earth. I believe it was in Kansas. The map had been prepared from information he had obtained from dozens of people who had seen the meteorite come flaming toward the earth. At each spot where an observer was standing he’d drawn in the observer’s line of sight to the meteorite. From the dozens of observers he had obtained dozens of lines of sight. The lines all converged to give Dr. La Paz a plot of the meteorite’s downward trajectory. Then he had been able to plot the spot where it had struck the earth. He and his crew went to the marked area, probed the ground with long steel poles, and found the meteorite. This was just one case that he showed me. He had records of many more similar successful expeditions in his file.
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