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US: More reports of booms and shakes Saturday morning

Residents across Southeastern North Carolina said something shook their homes Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

What was it?

It wasn't an earthquake - at least not one large enough to register, said Kenneth Taylor, assistant state geologist with the N.C. Geological Survey.

"It doesn't mean it didn't happen, but it probably was pretty small," he said.

Residents across the area, from Holden Beach to Leland to Wilmington, claim to have felt their homes shake at about 2:20 p.m. Friday and again after 10 a.m. Saturday.

Beverly Corne, of Carolina Beach, posted to the StarNews Facebook page this morning that she heard a loud boom around 10:15 a.m. and another one about 20 minutes later. Other readers reported booms from Monkey Junction to downtown Wilmington to the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus around the same time Saturday morning.

Jim Barnes, who lives on Covington Road near Bradley Creek Elementary School in Wilmington, said he was sitting on his couch reading on Friday when his home began shaking, a tremor that lasted about three seconds.

"I have heavy custom-made storm doors and they rattled like it was an earthquake," he said.

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US: Smithville Man Almost Hit by Meteorite

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Jimmy Duncan was nearly hit by a meteorite in August as it fell from the sky.
Smithville, Tennessee - A Smithville man witnessed something only 1,000 people have ever experienced.

In August, while walking down the street in Smithville, Jimmy Duncan and his girlfriend, heard and then found a meteorite

"My girlfriend and I were walking down the street and we heard an awful whistle," he recalled. "We looked around to see and all of a sudden, I heard a thump."

The meteorite had hit the asphalt pavement, left a hole and then bounced onto the sidewalk.

Duncan knew what it was, but had no idea how rare his experience actually was.

Of all the meteorite findings around the world, just over 1,000 cases are called "falls" or situations where people witness the meteorite hitting the earth.

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Did Earth Encounter Pieces Of An Alien Visitor Last Night

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Periodic meteor showers have been called the bones of comets. The Quadrantid meteor shower, visible in January, are the remains of an ancient comet observed by Chinese, Japanese and Korean astronomers 500 years ago.
Did Earth encounter pieces of an alien visitor last night? Apparently so! It appears tiny pieces of Comet Hartley 2 may have presented a spectacular and startling sky show across the country yesterday.

NASA meteor experts had predicted it was a long shot, but the evenings of November 2nd and 3rd might display a meteor shower from dust which puffed off this visiting comet as it passed within twelve million miles of Earth. And indeed, the Center for Astrophysics has collected several sightings of bright meteors called fireballs, which result when comet dust burns up in Earth's atmosphere.

Helga Cabral in Seascape, California, reported after 9 pm last night, "I saw a bright white ball and tail, arcing towards the ocean. It was quite beautiful and it looked like it was headed out to sea and so picture perfect it could have been a movie!" Three thousand miles away just north of Boston, Teresa Witham witnessed a similar cosmic event.

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Fireball Seen Over New Zealand

Weather Watch is receiving reports of a large light streaking and exploding across the sky in the early hours of the morning.

The fireball was witnessed at 1:45am.

A visitor to Weather Watch described the object as "very fast" and was seen moving in a low trajectory west to east.

"As it passed to the east of us there was a huge ball of flame then object continued on as it appeared to us earlier when about 7-8 seconds later another huge ball of flame before it disappeared" says the visitor, posting an eyewitness report on our Meteors Eyewitness Reports page.

Comment: This interesting event may be related to the recent fly-by of the Comet Hartley 2 (C/103P/Hartley).

Scientists Watch for a "Hartley-id" Meteor Shower


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Rip-roaring fireball - Nov 2, 2010 - New Mexico

I did not see any "Hartley-ids" in my all-sky fireball captures this morning. At least no fireball-sized ones.

But I did capture a rip-roaring sporadic fireball. I made a movie of the meteor with its strong dopplering head echo in stereo at 61.250 MHz and 83.250 MHz. The full radio reflection reflection lasted about a minute. This movie is only 8 seconds or so, head echo only 1 MB.

Watch Video Here.

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Fireball Over Santa Fe New Mexico

iReport - This is video Captured with a low light "MeteorCam" of a fireball...


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Meteorite over Victoriaville Quebec, Canada 23-Oct-2010

Victoriaville, QC, Canada on Sunday, 23-Oct-2010 at 3:40 pm. Unknown big bright light / object which is obviously moving slowly to the left.

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Italian Fireball

Fireball North Taurids 2010.10.27_04.04.46 ± 1 U.T. from Italy
Fireball North Taurids mag. -10 ± 0.60 from Ferrara ( Italy )
Video station: *IMTN-Ferrara1-SE- ( C ) F. Zanotti*
Observer: Ferruccio Zanotti
Location: Ferrara 44.8181 N; 11.6167 E; alt. 9 m s.l.m.
Direction: az: 139 ° ev:47°
Camera: Mintron MTV-12V6H-EX integration 2x ( 1/25s ) Computer Lens
2.6mm F/1.0 FOV: 122.8° * 97.1° ( diagonal: 148° )

© Meteore Forumattivo
Italian Fireball

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UFO Meteorite Over Moscow,Russia,10-18-20

Down below is really a bizarre UFO sighting, which was videotaped over Moscow, Russia on October 18, 2010.


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A Crater a Day: Field Investigators at Heart are Encouraged to Go Meteorite Hunting

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© Peter L. Kresan
When I first started with all this, my intention was to see if I could figure out a better way to scope out new, undocumented craters, or likely places to go meteorite hunting. I didn't do so well at first. But ironically, when I quit looking for new craters, and started focusing on identifying formations of airburst melt, I began to find too many new craters to count...

Literally too many to count. And a little bit of everything in between. Even if I had the funding, I could never visit them all. I need help. So over the next few weeks, I am going to post a few new craters a day, in the hope that someone might live close enough, or have interest enough, to go get a closer look. Each place will be presented as is. And with little, or no comments. I may not be able to go there, and do field work. But I can still point, and grunt. You be the judge.

Don't surprised if you find others nearby any given crater. Few of them fell alone.