US: A Fireball in the Sky - Jan 2, 2011
I caught a 'fire ball'in the sky out of the corner of my eye. This is what I saw
and took these pictures. It appeared from nowhere, fell for about 2 minutes then
Huge Fireball Spotted Over Southeast US - Jan 11, 2011
At roughly 8:50pm local time an apparent meteor was spotted from Oklahoma,
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida of a bright object in the
sky at the same time.
A sonic boom was heard as far north as Western North Carolina where cloudy skies
prohibited the viewing of the fireball. None of the reports in Acadiana
mentioned a sonic boom.
The possible meteor was described as a large green ball (copper composition)
with a trailing orange and yellow tail.
Sundiving Comet Storm - Jan. 12, 2011
"The storm began on Dec 13th and ended on the 22nd," says Karl Battams of the
Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. "During that time, the Solar and
Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) detected 25 comets diving into the sun. It was
Sundiving comets- a.k.a. "sungrazers" - are nothing new. SOHO typically sees one
every few days, plunging inward and disintegrating as solar heat sublimes its
volatile ices. "But 25 comets in just ten days, that's unprecedented," says
Those that did not hit the Sun are about 40 days away from a distance of
Earth's orbit and were inward bound at a distance of Earth's orbit about 40 days
Bright meteor streaks across Chicago sky - January 19, 2011
An unusually bright shooting star shot across the sky Wednesday night, prompting
sighting reports from the Chicago area to Indiana, a local astronomer said.
A green-tinted burst was reported by amateur astronomers in LaPorte, Ind., just
after 8 p.m.., said Adler Planetarium Astronomer Chris Lintott.
Two Major Fireballs Over North America - January 19
The American Meteor Society has received 39 reports of seven separate fireball
events over North America on January 19th. Two of these were widely seen events.
Both of these events occurred near 21:00 EST. The first occurred over the
northern Midwest and southern Canada. There is some wide scattered timing of
this event and the possibility exists that this may be more than one fireball.
The second occurred over the southeastern states and was seen from Florida north
to North Carolina. There is good agreement for the timing plus it seems to been
a bit brighter with a majority of those reporting that the peak brightness
exceeded that of the full moon.
DID YOU SEE THAT FIREBALL? - 23 Jan 2011
Spaceweather.com is seeking reports of a possible fireball or other bright
lights in the sky over North America on Jan. 18th around 4 am EST. The area of
particular interest extends from Lake Michigan to southern parts of Ontario and
upper New York state.
Bolide sighting near Geislingen (Germany) on Jan. 8th, 2011
Jan. 8th, 2011, at 17:51h local time, a bolide stroke across the evening sky in
southern Germany. The bolide was witnessed by many, and captured by at least two
cameras in Switzerland and Austria. Also roaring sounds and thunder were
'Boom' Heard Across SE Part Of Metro - January 27, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A loud 'boom' was heard by Oklahomans on Thursday morning, but
officials confirmed that it was not an earthquake.
Dome of the Rock UFO and Kazakhstan Comet - Something Chaotic This Way
Comes - 31 Jan 2011
Strangely enough at exactly the same time (all three were filmed at 11pm UTC on
the 27th Jan.), another interesting aerial phenomena was being recorded
least 1000kms to the North East in Kazakhstan...
First of all, the above video shows something in the sky that bears all the
hallmarks of a comet. That is to say, it was not a relatively small chunk of
rock that burns as a fiery ball as it enters the atmosphere and either detonates
with a 'boom' or hits the ground. This was a much larger body and therefore
potentially much more dangerous. But what kind of danger can comets that don't
actually impact the earth pose?
They can still inject dust into the atmosphere that blocks sunlight to a
Another fireball in Irish skies - 28 January 2011
A fireball has blazed across Irish skies for the second time in ten days.
Astronomy Ireland says a piece of an asteroid or comet entered the Earth's
atmosphere over Ireland and blew apart between 6am and 7am.
Meteor Sighting Reported Over Cambridge - January 31, 2011
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A Somerville photographer captured a photo of what he
believes was a meteor streaking across the sky over Harvard Square Saturday
At around 8:30 p.m., he said he found himself in front of the Cambridge Savings
Bank building, and that's when he captured the picture.
Massachusetts residents in Worcester, Beverly, Newburyport and Marblehead also
reported seeing what they believe was a meteor.
“It was a bright white fireball, about as big as the tip of your pinkie at arms
length. The red tail turned to green and it dissipated,?
Meteor streaking across the sky over Harvard Square
Daytime fireball roughly a 5-ton meteor, NASA estimates - Feb. 15, 2011
Early Monday afternoon, a bright object flashed across the sky before vanishing
with a flash, according to scores of eyewitnesses from Virginia to
It might have been 5 feet in diameter with a weight of more 5 metric tons,
judging from reports that it blazed as bright as a full moon, said NASA
scientist Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center.
Eyewitness reports put the time of Monday's (14 Feb, 2011) fireball around 12:35
to 12:45 p.m. Eastern time.
Large fireball seen across 5 northeastern U.S. states - February 16,
Around 12:30 p.m. Monday a fireball appeared in the sky over Pennsylvania,
traveling east for hundreds of miles. The Internet lit up with reports of
sightings from people in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and
Maryland. H.L. Devore says he was in his office in Ridgefield, N.J., looking out
of the window when he saw it and said to himself, “What the heck is that??
Scientists say it most certainly was a large meteor, a piece of an asteroid or a
comet that falls through the earth’s atmosphere. This latest meteor, one
scientist says, was probably the size of a car and from its trajectory likely
landed somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. Professor Jon Friedrich says while
meteors fall to earth on a daily basis, “It is unusual to see one so bright in
the middle of the day.?
Space gave Canada a Valentine's Day rock on Monday when a piece of asteroid lit
up the Calgary morning skyline.
Niel Beckie was travelling westbound on Glenmore Trail just under Crowchild
Trail around 6: 55 a.m. when he saw a flash.
Beckie said he witnessed a very large blue-green fireball that broke into pieces
before fading out.
Astronomers investigating meteor-like object over Colorado - Feb 22,
9NEWS started receiving reports of a bright light in the sky over Colorado
around 6 p.m. Tuesday. The description of what people saw and the location in
the sky varies, but it was seen be numerous people along the Front Range.
2011 CQ1 - Very Close Approach - February 04, 2011
The newly discovered object, officially designated 2011 CQ1, will make a close
Earth approach today February 04, 2011 around 19:40UT at ~0.03(LD)/0.00008(AU)
or 11855 km.
Perigee 2011 Feb 4.818749 TT = 19:38:59 (JD 2455597.318749)
Epoch 2011 Feb 4.8 TT = JDT 2455597.3 Find_Orb
q 11855.6869km (2000.0) P Q
H 32.1 G 0.15 Peri. 156.15870 -0.32177738 -0.84067340
Node 92.60696 -0.92360962 0.17747398
e 1.7936521 Incl. 25.85075 -0.20833766 0.51163581
From 11 observations 2011 Feb. 4 (6.3 hr); mean residual 0".362.
Large meteor seen across NZ - March 31, 2011
A meteor that illuminated the sky with a brilliant blue and white light as it
exploded over New Zealand last night was likely to have been the size of a desk.
Reports of a bright flashing light in the sky about 11pm were received from
Auckland to as far south as Wellington while a sonic boom was heard by many
people near Raglan.
Stardome Observatory astronomer and Auckland Astronomical Society president
Grant Christie said that was likely caused by a large meteor, or bolide, at
least 1m in diameter.
RIPPING FIREBALL - April 5th
There was a rippingly fine fireball over north central New Mexico on April 5th
at 01:50 am MDT," reports amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft. "Signals
from distant radio stations bounced off the meteor's trail as it shredded the
ionosphere. Here is a movie I made with the radio echo in stereo at two
frequencies. The full radio reflection lasted more than two minutes." [NASA
WHAT'S UP IN SPACE - Friday, Apr. 8, 2011
Space rocks have landed in Tennessee. That's the conclusion of researchers who
recorded a brilliant fireball streaking over the Smoky Mountain state on
Wednesday evening. Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office reports:
"On April 6th at 8:21:57 CDT, NASA all-sky meteor cameras detected a very bright
fireball moving north across the state of Tennessee. First detected 52 miles
above the Arnold Air Force base near Tullahoma, the meteor was brighter than
crescent Moon and was approximately 2 feet in diameter, with a weight of 200
lbs. It was last recorded 30 miles above the town of Woodbury, Tennessee, moving
at a speed of approximately 9 miles per second (32,400 mph)."
Cooke continues: "The NASA Meteoroid Environment Office has reasonable
confidence that some fraction of this meteor survived to the ground as one or
more meteorites. Calculations are underway to determine the general impact
location, which may lie close to the Kentucky border. Eyewitnesses to the
fireball are encouraged to make a report to the American Meteor Society or to
the Meteoroid Environment Office."
The smart cameras of Cooke's fireball network are able to calculate the orbits
of incoming fireballs and backtrack their trajectories into the solar system.
"The orbit of this interloper indicates that it came from the Asteroid Belt,
with an aphelion well beyond the orbit of Mars."
BRIGHT FIREBALL LEADS TO METEORITE SEARCH IN TENNESSEE - Apr 08, 2011
Did you see a bright flash in the sky over Tullahoma, Tenn., last night? Have we
got a scavenger hunt for you...
At approximately 08:21:57 p.m. CDT on April 6, 2011, NASA all-sky meteor cameras
located at the University of Tennessee Space Institute, in conjunction with the
Hands-On Science Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and at the Walker County
Science Center in northwest Georgia detected a very bright fireball moving north
across the state of Tennessee.
LARGE FIREBALL EVENT REPORTED 4/6/11 - 7 Apr 2011
Last night (April 6) at 8:21:57 CDT (9:21:57 EDT), NASA all-sky meteor cameras
located at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (in conjunction with the
Hands-On Science Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee) and at the Walker County
Science Center in northwest Georgia detected a very bright fireball moving north
across the state of Tennessee. First detected 52 miles above the Arnold Air
Force base near Tullahoma, the meteor was brighter than crescent Moon and was
approximately 2 feet in diameter, with a weight of 200 lbs. It was last recorded
30 miles above the town of Woodbury, Tennessee, moving at a speed of
approximately 9 miles per second (32,400 mph).
The NASA Meteoroid Environment Office has reasonable confidence that some
fraction of this meteor survived to the ground as one or more meteorites.
Calculations are underway to determine the general impact location, which may
lie close to the Kentucky border. Eyewitnesses to the fireball are encourage to
make a report to the American Meteor Society (www.amsmeteors.com) or to the
Meteoroid Environment Office.
More information will be forthcoming at the completion of the impact zone
calculations, which may take some time. The orbit indicates that this interloper
was from the Asteroid Belt, with an aphelion well beyond the orbit of Mars.
Note: A 3rd NASA camera, located at the Tellus Science Center in Cartersville,
Georgia, also recorded this event low on the northern horizon. This data is
being used to refine the trajectory determination.
April 9th Fireball
I caught one that was among the most interesting I’ve seen. It was a slow
moving, bright green one with a nice smoke trail that was easily as bright as
Venus from where I saw it in the suburbs of St. Louis. I tweeted about it
briefly but didn’t think much more about it until I got a response from another
person that saw it along with a link to a collection of observations. As nice as
the observation was for me, it was nothing compared to the view some others got.
At the Lunar Meteorite Hunters blog, several reports have been collected.
Several of these reports from various locations in Ontario report the meteor
being as bright as a full moon and lighting up the entire sky! One even notes
that they could hear a fizzling noise, a rare phenomenon thought to occur when
the passage through the atmosphere creates an ionized path that interacts with
the Earth’s magnetic field creating radio waves that could induce physical
vibrations in the air around the observer. Another comment reports a sonic boom
around the same time (although sonic booms would occur well after the meteor was
visible due to the sluggish nature of sound waves, much like the delay between
lightning and thunder).
Possible meteor or space debris ‘event’ seen, felt across South - May 1,
A meteorite or space debris may have been the cause of fireballs reportedly seen
in South Georgia skies Friday night and the resulting impact felt from one end
of Lowndes County to the other.
Meanwhile, similar reports of fireballs were filed throughout the state and in
other states, according to the American Meteor Society.
Fireball UFO photographed in Scotland - May 10, 2011
A picture of a UFO was taken yesterday by a photographer in Melrose, Scotland.
The photographer, who asked to remain anonymous, supplied the UFO photo to the
Border Telegraph. He described the object in the picture as “moving pretty fast
at around 45 degrees towards the sky – as you can see by the close up it appears
to have a tail showing the direction.”
Meteor likely caused mysterious boom - 11 May 2011
"It almost felt like an earthquake and then I had to think about it. We're in
Virginia Beach we don't get earthquakes," said Pam Trotter.
10 On Your Side called the military, the U.S. Geological Survey and the
Department of Energy. Turns out the answer may be found out of this world.
"It's most consistent with a meteor coming into the Earth's atmosphere and
creating a large sonic boom," said NASA scientist Dr. Joe Zawodny.
Dr. Zawodny said sonic booms are not uncommon. Two years ago, hundreds of people
across the region heard a similar boom most likely caused by a meteor.
UPDATED: Officials Believe Meteorite Hit Basking Ridge Lawn - May 11,
Small meteorite believed to have created a trench in township front yard last
Township officials believe a small meteorite impacted the front lawn of a
township home last Friday morning at about 11:35 a.m., creating a trench and
spewing dirt and debris on the lawn, driveway and street near the residence.
Giant asteroid heading close to Earth - 05 May 2011
A giant asteroid weighing 55 million tonnes will just miss the Earth later this
year, Nasa experts have predicted.
The rock, which is quarter of a mile across, will pass between our planet and
the moon in November and will be visible with small telescopes.
If it were to hit the earth, the asteroid, named YU55, would have an impact
equivalent to 65,000 atom bombs and would leave a crater more than six miles
wide and 2,000ft deep.
Passing by at a distance of just 201,000 miles, the asteroid will be the largest
object ever to approach the earth so close.
Nasa has officially labelled it a Potentially Hazardous Object, but have
stressed there is no danger of impact while on its current course.
COMET AND CME: - May 11th, 2011
A comet dove into the sun on May 11th and seemed to trigger a massive eruption--
emphasis on seemed. Watch the movie, then scroll down for further discussion.
THE COMET AND THE CME:
A comet goes in; a CME comes out. Coincidence? Probably, yes, the sequence was
coincidental. The comet disintegrated as much as a million kilometers above the
stellar surface. There's no known way that the wispy, vaporous remains of a
relatively lightweight comet could cause a billion-ton cloud of hot plasma to
fly away from the sun at 400 km/s (the observed speed of the CME). Moreover,
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed the eruption that did propel the
CME into space. There's no comet in the field of view of this must-see movie.
Huge meteorite crosses Cranbrook sky - May 17, 2011
Canada - Witnesses describe a fireball that looked as big as the moon
Physics lab technician Rick Nowell described the sky as the meteor passed over
"The dark night sky of Cranbrook was lit up like daylight early Saturday morning
at 2:17 a.m. when a huge meteor rocketed overhead. Appearing as a dim dot at
first, high to the north, it rapidly grew into a big, white ball as big as the
moon, with a tail behind it," described Nowell
Eyewitnesses in Cranbrook and Nelson heard a distant boom, like a far-off
thunderstorm, after the meteor sank over the horizon. That's an indication that
the meteor broke apart and fell to the ground somewhere between the two
according to Dr. Alan Hildebrand, head of the Canadian Fireball Reporting Centre
at the University of Calgary
Meteorite may have landed along Kootenay Lake - May 18, 2011
A meteorite that flew over the Kootenays on Saturday morning was seen in Nelson
and caught on video by a camera on the roof of the College of the Rockies in
It lit up the night sky at 2:17 a.m., according to physics lab technician Rick
“Appearing as a dim dot at first, high to the north, it rapidly grew into a big,
white ball as big as the moon, with a tail behind it,” he says.
Most witnesses described a greenish blue orb that looked as big as the moon. It
lit up the sky as bright as day, and one person even said the automatic street
lights switched off for a few minutes as they registered the light.
Witnesses in Cranbrook and Nelson heard a distant boom, like a far-off
after the meteor sank over the horizon — an indication the meteor broke apart
fell to the ground somewhere between the two cities, according to Dr.
Hildebrand, head of the Canadian Fireball Reporting Centre at the University of
NASA SKY CAMERAS CAPTURE MAN-SIZED METEOR OVER MACON, GA - 23 May 2011
May 20, 2011, at 9:47 p.m. CDT, a six-foot diameter fragment of an unknown
comet entered the atmosphere approximately 66 miles above the city of Macon,
Ga., traveling northwest at a speed of some 24 miles per second (86,000 mph).
At this velocity, the boulder-sized "dirty snowball" possessed an energy or
striking power somewhere between 500-1000 tons of TNT.
1. According to Camping, judgment day should occur 7,000 years after the Flood.
Biblical scholars claim the Flood took place May 21 of 4,990 B.C. God told Noah
to warn the people 7 days before the flood and using a Bible passage 2 Peter
3:8, "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one
day," Camping treats each of the days as a thousand years.
3. Numerology, once again, comes into the picture -- Christ was killed on April
1 33 A.D., that is 722,500 days from May 21, 2011. 722,500 is the product of
this equation: (5 x 10 x 7)^2. These numbers apparently mean something special.
Five is atonement, ten completeness and 17 heaven.
What if the numbers in the equation had been cubed instead of squared, though?
Noah’s Great Flood occurred between 3195 and 3201 BC. But there was a
when the waters of the Mediterranean broke through the straights of the Bosporus
about 5000 BC. Some scientists have linked the 7,000-year-old event, thought to
have been caused by waters bursting through from the Mediterranean Sea, to the
Biblical story of Noah.
Man-size meteor lights up
Georgia sky - 6/2/2011
The meteor was caused by a human-size chunk of an unknown comet. It was
the brightest meteor yet recorded by NASA's fireball-observing network —
based at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. — in its nearly three
years of operation, officials said.
The 6-foot-wide (1.8-meter) space rock barrelled into Earth's atmosphere at
10:47 p.m. EDT on May 20 (0247 GMT on May 21), about 66 miles (106
kilometers) above the city of Macon, Ga.
When it entered the atmosphere, the comet chunk was traveling northwest at
about 86,000 mph (138,404 kph), researchers said. At this velocity, the
boulder-size "dirty snowball" possessed an energy or striking power
somewhere between 500 and 1,000 tons of TNT.
But that striking power was never realized on the ground. The Macon
meteoroid was too small, and made of the wrong kind of stuff, to survive the
trip through Earth's atmosphere, researchers said. Indeed, the video shows
four distinct flares emanating from the comet chunk as it broke apart
Meteorite strikes in Harleston? - 12 June 2011
A REMOVAL man from Long Stratton believes that a meteorite tore a gaping three
to four inch hole in the roof of his 18-ton lorry.
The hole, big enough to comfortably slip a mobile phone through, was done to one
of the sturdy, metal-thick corner joints on the green non-articulated Mercedes
Benz Axor lorry.
“It looked like a shotgun blast or something, the way it’s been punched clean
through, but there’s no way something like that could have happened because of
where the hole is and the fact there are no trees or ledges anywhere in sight to
get above the vehicles and make the shot.
“Although I found nothing in the truck itself and nothing went through the
floor, there were brown specks of what looked and felt like soil on the jagged
Giant Fireball Filmed In Mexico - July 4, 2011
With a title that reads “UFO or Meteorite”, it’s easy to see how alien and UFO
rumors begin. Posted on YouTube is a video that was shot in Cuernavaca, Mexico,
on June 29th, 2001.
The video is by far one of the clearest and most beautiful filming of a
meteorite falling towards earth. With such long trailing tails of fire, you
really can’t help but imagine this thing bring from a different planet.
An Asteroid Missed Earth this Week -What are
the Odds that We'll Always be Lucky? -
June 03, 2011
An asteroid the size of a truck zoomed near Earth this week (June 1), coming
closer to us than the moon ever does. The 23-foot-long (7-meter) space rock,
named 2009 BD, came within 215,000 miles (346,000 kilometers) of Earth at
around 8:51 p.m. EDT (0051 GMT on June 2). The moon's average distance
from us is about 239,000 miles (385,000 km).
Stephen Hawking believes that one of the major factors in the possible scarcity
of intelligent life in our galaxy is the high probability of an asteroid or
comet colliding with inhabited planets.
ANOTHER ASTEROID TO GIVE EARTH A CLOSE SHAVE JUNE 27, 2011 - JUNE 23,
A newly discovered house-sized asteroid will miss the Earth by less than 17,700
km (11,000 miles) on Monday June 27, 2011. That’s about 23 times closer than the
Moon. The size and location of the asteroid, named 2011 MD, should allow
observers in certain locations to take a look at the space rock, even with small
telescopes. It’s closest approach will be at 13:26 UTC on June 27.
As of now, asteroid 2011 MD is estimated to be between 9 to 45 meters (10 to 50
Mystery Flash on Mauna Kea - Jun 24, 2011
I'm curious how one envisions fuel discharging with a sphere that moves along
with its center... wouldn't
that produce more of a wake shape or possible a spiral? In order to retain the
spherical/circular form, would not the object have to be moving relatively away
from or toward the observer? The halo appears to be beyond the cloud bank,
making it certainly above the atmosphere... could it be an exploding near
earth approaching asteroid/comet?
As far as what vaporized... perhaps a small cometary fragment hitting the outer
atmosphere and falling towards the observers. We see it get closer, expand and
Mystery Flash on Mauna Kea - Jun 24, 2011