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In Italy Fireballs Flame Through February Skies

February 1

Fireball 2010.02.01 time 18:09

This beautiful fireball trail and several flashes were taken a few minutes ago from the Ferrara station. It is likely that they were also observed from the SOSO camp and from Diego's new station which faces North from Rieti.

Fireball 2010.02.01_18.09.34 ± 1 U.T.
Beginning RA =66.253
Dec = -2.747
Ending RA = 70.641
Dec = -16.753
Time of transit: 2.16
Persistent train duration: 0.08
Flashes: 4
Apparent max magnitude: -5.10 ± 0.39
Zenithal magnitude : -6.43 ± 0.49
Note: Magnitude estimate, a check by experts is required please
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Night becomes day as fireball lights up skies over Hungary

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A possible trail left by the meteor over Hungary Sunday night
On Sunday night people noticed flashes and strong light phenomena in Miskolc, Kazincbarcika, Putnok, and Ózd.

The flashes and the strange lights might have been caused by a meteor, Eva Egyedne Novodovszki, spokeswoman of the Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen County Police Department, informed Borsod Online.

There were reports to the county police department of flashes and thundering from several settlements at almost the same time on Sunday night (23:20). The Catastrophe Protection Agency was informed and it started an investigation into the case.

The surprisingly bright sky flashes were seen in Borsod county, Budapest and also in Szabolcs county by lots of people Sunday night.
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Virginia, US: 8News Investigates Mysterious "Boom"

Residents across the Metro Richmond area and beyond are reporting hearing a loud explosion early Friday morning.

The question is: what was it?

8News has been contacted by dozens of citizens who experienced the phenomena, with most saying the heard and felt it in the Midlothian area of Chesterfield County, between 8:30 and 9 a.m. However, some have reported hearing the "boom" in Mechanicsville, Colonial Heights, Blackstone and even as far away as Nottoway County.
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The Middleburg Meteorite

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© The Jacksonville Observer
Meteor in sky.
"You should have seen it!" shouted a young boy in the crowd. Pointing to a large black stallion drinking from a trough, he added, "It was as big as that ther horse over ther'."

But, we don't need to rely on the word of a child to know that this "rock from another planet" was gigantic. There were dozens who saw it fall and thousands more that touched it.

In January, 1888, several Florida residents witnessed a "large green streak" falling through the sky. Known as a shooting star, the meteorite was visible throughout the entire southeast. Trying to project its final location and landing zone, each witness pointed to a field nearby where they were standing. Whether they lived in Key West, Miami, Palatka or Jacksonville, they would motion in a particular direction and then say, "Its got to be right over there."

It turns out that the monstrous meteorite (the envy of the world) fell to the earth in Middleburg, Florida. It was late in the evening when several passersby witnessed its arrival then heard a tremendous "thud." Every house in the town shook.
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Did You Hear a Big Boom in Central Virginia This Morning?

Richmond Metro - Did you hear it - A loud boom, a thud or something sounding like an explosion?

We've received several messages on our CBS 6 Facebook fan page. Reports from people hearing a loud noise between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. We tried to pinpoint the exact location, but the reports were widespread. We got reports from south east Powhatan to Midlothian, Chester, Hanover County and even Nottoway County.

We contacted Virginia Tech's Seismological Society who said it was not an earthquake, but they did record an "acoustic" boom.
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Pelham Abuzz Over Booms in the Night

Bang! And then silence. No wreckage, no clouds, no conflagration in the neighborhood. Just a lingering mystery.

It's been the talk of the town for weeks now -- the boom.

Bill McDevitt may never find out what caused the terrific clap of noise that startled him from bed in the early morning hours about three weeks ago.

"It wasn't just a distant rumble. It sounded like lightning hit across the street. It was a sudden, loud, explosive bang," he said. "You get up and go look out the windows and you expect to see smoke or flames coming from the woods or somebody else's house, but I didn't."

McDevitt is just one of many north Pelham residents left wondering what's behind the blasts out of the blue. In the days following the first incidents, the town's online message board lit up with people swapping stories and cultivating theories.

Jill Atkinson, awoken by the same bang as McDevitt, thought her neighbor's home exploded. She expected to hear the approaching howl of sirens as she peered through her windows.
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Fireball lights up sky north of Winnipeg

People looking up at the sky early this morning might have seen a strange sight - a fireball, shooting across the sky, which Manitoba Planetarium astronomer Scott Young said might have left debris behind.

"It looks like a fireworks display," said Young. "One report said it was greenish in color."

There have been numerous reports of people seeing a ball of fire streak across the sky around 6:30 am. near the Birds Hill Park area, north of Winnipeg.

The fireball is known to astronomers as a bolide, a large meteor or shooting star. Young said this happens when a grain of space debris comes in contact with the atmosphere, where the friction heats up the meteor, making it look like a ball of fire. He said based on reports, this bolide was probably the size of a baseball or cabbage. It's large size means it has more of a chance of leaving a meteorite behind.

"Smaller versions of this happen every day in the world," Young said. "But it's pretty rare for someone to see something as big as this."

Myron Witnicki witnessed the fireball when he was driving into work from Birds Hill to St. Andrews down Provincial Road 202. He said he saw something in the sky at around 6:50 a.m. At first he thought it was a plane, but then realized it might be some kind of shooting star.
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Another fireball blazes across southern Finland

© Esko Lyytinen
The fireball of Kärkölä was captured by several meteorite seeking cameras.
The bright shooting star that was seen in the sky of southern Finland on Friday 19 February at 00.05 AM could have dropped a 100 gram meteorite in Kärkölä, in Southern-Häme.

The fireball that was seen shortly after midnight in the sky over southern Finland could have dropped a spacerock along the Riihimäki-Lahti train track. The fireball was observed in Kuru and was captured by six meteorite-observing cameras.

The bright part of the trail in the sky has been determined to be around 100 meters in length based on the video footage of the fireball.

The mathematician and meteor researcher Esko Lyytinen estimates that the fireball dropped a rather small meteorite, weighing maybe ca 100 grams.
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Fireball flying over Finland

My meteorcamera captured this awesome fireball in Finland Rajamäki. Camera is pointed to at NW and has approx 85 degrees wide field of wiew.

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Blazing fireball turns London sky from night to day

For a few seconds tonight, the sky in south London lit up - all from a peanut-sized object hitting the atmosphere.

It was a meteor.

Members of the London chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada confirmed what many others saw just after the supper hour.

A bright light that began as orange, then turning white sailed from the northwest towards the southeast.

One observer believed the light trailed over the sky for as long as five seconds.

Dave McCarter, the chapter president simply wished he had seen it.

"They're fairly frequent," he said. "If you're out looking up the likelihood, you're going to see some of these nice meteors.

Comment: Interesting that at other times in other countries the national press trivialises sightings of fireballs in the sky by reassuring readers just how rare they are, but here the emphasis has flipped to place the sighting within the context of them happening "all the time!"

Nothing to see here folks, it's just another space rock (which we'll guesstimate was the size of a peanut to reinforce the notion that it was utterly insignificant) that turned night into day over yet another major population center!

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