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Australian amateur Terry Lovejoy discovers his FIFTH comet

comet C/2014 Q2
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The fuzzy object at center is new comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.
It's confirmed! Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy just discovered his fifth comet, C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy). He found it August 17th using a Celestron C8 fitted with a CCD camera at his roll-off roof observatory in Brisbane, Australia.

"I take large sets of image triplets, i.e 3 images per star field and use software to find moving objects," said Lovejoy. "The software I use outputs suspects that I check manually by eye."

Most of what pops up on the camera are asteroids, known comets, or false alarms but not this time. Lovejoy's latest find is a faint, fuzzy object in the constellation Puppis in the morning sky.

Comment: One has to wonder what is happening in space for there to be this many comet discoveries...



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Strange light seen in parts of Sri Lanka possibly a meteorite explosion

Meteor Explosion
© Daily Mirror
Colombo - The strange light that were spotted by residents in several areas of the North-Central Province could possibly have been from an exploding meteorite, the Arthur C Clarke Centre said.

The Centre's Space Division Spokesman told Daily Mirror that the lights could possibly be from a meteorite explosion though it has not been confirmed yet.

He said meteorite could wither away under its high surface temperature but no investigation was possible because no object had hit the earth's surface as it happens in a meteorite explosion.

Eye witnesses said strange lights had travelled from the south and had come towards the earth but had withered away some ten feet from the earth's surface.

No signs of burnt patches have been spotted to suggest that any object had hit the ground.

The strange light had been witnessed by residents in several areas in the North-Central Province including Anurdhapura, Padaviya, Habarana and Hingurakgoda.
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Huge meteor spotted across southern B.C.

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© Associated Press
In this frame grab made from a dashboard video camera, a meteor streaks through the sky over Chelyabinsk, Russia, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

A massive fireball seen streaking across the sky Monday night may have been part of the Perseid meteor shower.

People across B.C.'s Lower Mainland took to social media describing what they thought may have been a meteor around 10:15 p.m.

Witnesses described seeing a white or yellow light trailing through the sky, so bright that it lit up backyards and streets.

Although the meteor showers officially peaked last week, the event does run through Aug. 24th, so it's possible it was part of the annual astronomical event.

Almost a dozen people between Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, all the way to Bellingham, Washington to the south reported the sighting on the American Meteor Shower website.

"I have seen shooting stars, but this was huge," a Washington State user named Shanni reported.

"I told my husband it was like seeing something half the size of the moon fall. And it was slow enough for me to catch sight of it and then cognitively register so that I could get a better look. I kept waiting for a huge explosion as if a plane had gone down."
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Loud boom over New Zealand district most likely a meteor

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A lightning-like flash in the sky and then a loud bang experienced in Wanganui yesterday morning was likely a bolide.

Arthur Harris of St John's Hill said it was 6.20am when he saw the flash.

"An orange light was in the sky, and then the bomb went off. It was like an explosion."

A similar light was also seen in Christchurch and Dunedin according to reports on weatherwatch.co.nz.

Mark Lee of the Wanganui Astronomical Society said the light was a bolide, the name for a large, brilliant meteor, especially one that explodes.

Mr Lee said they were more common than people thought and could be a meteor, or space junk that had become too hot. "It doesn't explode, it is just disintegrating."

He said material only has to be the size of a refrigerator to be seen and heard.

Source: Wanganui Chronicle
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Residents in Sri Lanka see shiny object in skies, hear loud noise

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Photo used for representational purposes.
Authorities are investigating into reports that a bright light had been seen over the skies in the Anuradhapura district around 8 p.m. today accompanied by a loud sound, sources said.

However, it was not yet clear whether it was a meteorite or any other object.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre said they received a large number of inquiries from residents from the Dambulla to Seruwila stretch about a mysterious light in the sky.

The DMC said that they had alerted the Security Forces and Police about the complaints they received.
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Propaganda Alert: Japanese military's new space unit will defend space junk 'fourth battlefield'

© Credit: NASA
An illustration of the cloud of debris in low-Earth orbit.
Japan's military could be extending its reach into space, with the country planning to develop a new force by 2019 to monitor the growing amount of space junk in orbit.

The initiative, which aims to protect satellites from being damaged by orbital debris, is also designed to boost cooperation in space between Japan and the United States, reported AFP. Both countries have emphasized the need to address the troubling cloud of debris in low-Earth orbit, with unnamed Japanese sources calling space the "fourth battlefield," according to the Tokyo-based Kyodo news agency.

Millions of pieces of man-made debris crowd a region of low-Earth orbit high above the planet's atmosphere. These pieces of space junk range from spent rocket bodies to discarded nuts and bolts to tiny flecks of paint. Left unmonitored, these bits of space trash could collide with satellites and other spacecraft, including the International Space Station.

Comment: What should be more "troubling" is the recent huge increase of cometary activity! Is all the sudden hype about '"space junk" a convenient, plausible explanation to cover up the inconvenient fact that our planet is being subjected to cometary fragment bombardment?

Our immediate cosmic environment IS probably littered with junk left there by certain governments who live by the maxim that the means justify the ends. But it is the height of denial to buy into the notion that all these reports of fireballs we've been collecting are man-made objects. This 'space junk' theme is starting to smell strangely like 'anthropogenic global warming', which provides a plausible - but 'not even wrong' - cover story for Earth changes.

Read Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk's new book, Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.

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Meteor fireball photographed above Cheltenham, England

Fireball over Cheltenham
© Gloucestershire Echo
Can you help solve the mystery of this phenomenon seen in the skies above Cheltenham on Sunday. We were contacted by Jess on twitter who posted the picture of the 'fireball'.

She said: "Was a big flash then looked like something falling on fire, happened last night.

"The picture was taken from Benhall lookin towards glos/tewks. I zoomed in on it on my camera for a few shots."

Did you see it? What could it be?
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Fireball explodes over Alabama

On Saturday night, August 2nd, NASA meteor cameras detected a fireball that exploded in a flash of light many times brighter than the Moon. It came not from the Perseid debris stream, but rather from the vicinity of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Watch the movie, then read on for more information:


"The meteoroid was about 15 inches in diameter and weighed close to 100 lbs," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "Travelling 47,000 miles per hour, it broke apart in a brilliant flash of light above the Alabama town of Henagar. Our cameras continued to track a large fragment until it disappeared 18 miles above Gaylesville, located near Lake Weiss close to the Georgia state line.

Comment: Possibly the same fireball in following video capture also from Saturday 2. August in Alabama:



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Sky gazers spot meteor in sky over Perth, Western Australia on Monday morning

Perth Fireball
© The Desert Fireball Network (Curtin University), and Badgingarra Primary School
The 'fireball' seen across the Perth sky about 6am on Monday. Taken with a fish-eye lens.
A expert says the size and brightness of a meteor seen flashing across the Perth sky on Monday morning indicates it could have made it to earth.

There were a number of similar reports from across the metropolitan area of a blue/green light flashing across the morning sky shortly before sunrise.

The flash was caught on one of a number of cameras set up as part of the Desert Fireball Network, set up to photograph such astronomical events.

Curtin Faculty of Science Engineering Professor Phil Bland said the light captured on the camera was "really bright", indicating that it could have been a "decent-sized rock".

He said about 20 per cent of meteors made it to land without burning up.

Professor Bland said researchers would look at the images in more detail to find out more information.
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Fireballs over Texas - two meteor events July 26 & 27


Two interesting events last night and this morning on my allsky cams on the Sandia Sentinel TX station allsky cams.

First at 07:27:18 UT was a very bright fireball just to my north that lit up the sky. It appears to have come in at a Very steep angle.

Second was a double meteor, also to my north, at 11:08:56 UT.

I'm also including data from the Very low Light integrating cam of the fireball for trajectory reference.

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