Fire in the Sky


Ancient Crash, Epic Wave: Did an Asteroid Impact Cause an Ancient Tsunami?

© Dallas Abbott
The Fenambosy chevron, one of four near the tip of Madagascar, is 600 feet high and three miles from the ocean.
At the southern end of Madagascar lie four enormous wedge-shaped sediment deposits, called chevrons, that are composed of material from the ocean floor. Each covers twice the area of Manhattan with sediment as deep as the Chrysler Building is high.

On close inspection, the chevron deposits contain deep ocean microfossils that are fused with a medley of metals typically formed by cosmic impacts. And all of them point in the same direction - toward the middle of the Indian Ocean where a newly discovered crater, 18 miles in diameter, lies 12,500 feet below the surface.

The explanation is obvious to some scientists. A large asteroid or comet, the kind that could kill a quarter of the world's population, smashed into the Indian Ocean 4,800 years ago, producing a tsunami at least 600 feet high, about 13 times as big as the one that inundated Indonesia nearly two years ago. The wave carried the huge deposits of sediment to land.


Arizona Meteor Fireball

© Doug Snyder 2011
Arizona meteor 7FEB2011
A fireball was captured on 7 Feb. at about 2256 Mountain Standard Time. The fireball occurred in the constellation Canis Major. The photo was taken in SE Arizona, near the border with Mexico.


Fireball falls from the sky and torches field near Bjelovar, Croatia

A frightened ambulance driver saw it first: "a fireball fell from the sky and lit up the woods near Bjelovar!" 'Driving a patient at night I noticed a fiery flame in the sky. Falling into a valley in the countryside '

Bjelovar - A comet fell from the sky and set fire to the woods near Bjelovar! On Saturday evening there were also media reports of a fire in a field near the center of Bulinca. The alarm was raised by callers dialing emergency number 112.

A man said he was driving the car, saw the comet with a flaming tail that fell from the sky into an area of vegetation. According to information from the Bjelovar Fire Department, a fire broke out in between the towns of Bulinac with Bjelovar.

"I was exiting Patkovca on the left side of the road and noticed a fiery flame in the sky. Since we are in a valley and it was dusk, we could see very well. It was within walking distance of two to three kilometers from me and at first I thought it was a plane crash. I watched the fiery ball until it fell to the ground. It all lasted about ten seconds. A dozen sci-fi scenarios passed through my head and I could not believe what I saw. A few miles away, at the entrance to Bulinac, I saw a big fire near the forest on a nearby area of grass. About this I immediately informed the Emergency Center 112. Unfortunately, I did not had time to stop and see what it was because I was in an ambulance transporting patients," said Daruvarcanin Darko Hresic, an ambulance driver.

When they put out the fire, members of the DVD searched the area looking for a crater or something that would point to a deliberate arson. Nothing was found. The news of the event very quickly spread throughout Bulincem. According to information from the Bjelovar Police, so far the only eyewitness is Hresic.


The Times, 1990: A cosmic trail with destruction in its wake

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Over the next few weeks the Taurid stream, a procession of vast cosmic rubble and dust that snakes around the Sun and out towards Jupiter, will swing through Earth's orbit for the first of its bi-annual crossings.

Within the stream are probably thousands of bodies including asteroids, mountain-and island-sized boulders, smaller meteoroids, Encke's Comet and assorted fragments of celestial refuse.

The exact number, size and location of objects, however, remains a mystery and according to Dr. Mark Bailey, research Fellow in astronomy at Manchester University, it is likely that for every object which is confirmed, there are nine others that have so far eluded detection.

All that is certain is that the rubble, believed by some astronomers to have been formed by a collision in the asteroid belt of a defunct comet which was captured by the solar system up to 30,000 thousand years ago, will bisect Earth's orbit in late June and again in November.

According to astronomers such as Dr. Victor Clube, of Oxford University's Department of Astrophysics, the coming and goings of the Taurid stream should be a source of concern to politicians, planners and anyone who cherishes life on Earth.


Major Solar Activity! Did the Sun just shoot an enormous ball of fire?

This is a view of the sun on February 1st from behind COR 2 - it's the most incredible thing I have ever seen! The sun shoots out a fireball that engulfs a planet-sized object! Could this be what they didn't want everyone to see so they manufactured the record breaking snow storm?

Link to see Ahead COR 2 video in the same time frame.

Comment: Alternatively, could this be what manufactured the the record-breaking snow storm?

The image is fascinating, but the commentary on this video is rather uninformed, to be as polite as possible.


Very close shave! NEO to come within 12,000 km of Earth today, February 4!

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.

2011 CQ1 has been discovered by R. A. Kowalski few hours ago in the course of the "Catalina Sky Survey" with a 0.68-m Schmidt + CCD. The object was moving at roughly 6 "/min and it was of magnitude ~19. According to its absolute magnitude H=32 this is a very small object, in the order of 2-3 meters.

Just few hours after his discovery, we have been able to follow-up this object using remotely a 0.35-m f/3.8 reflector + CCD of "Tzec Maun Observatory" in New Mexico. At the moment of our images (on February 04.46), "2011 CQ1" was moving at 23"/min and its magnitude was ~18.

Comment: Readers are encouraged to watch this video to understand the seriousness of the asteroid threat.

Asteroid Discovery From 1980 - 2010


NASA Finds 20 New Comets, 33,000-Plus Asteroids

NASA said its Near-Earth Object WISE (NEOWISE) mission has discovered 20 comets and more than 33,000 asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, in addition to 134 near-Earth objects (NEOs).
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NASA said its Near-Earth Object WISE (NEOWISE) mission has discovered 20 comets, more than 33,000 asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, in addition to 134 near-Earth objects
NEOs are asteroids and comets with orbits that come within 28 million miles of Earth's path around the sun. A comet is an icy small Solar System body that when close enough to the Sun displays a visible coma - a thin, fuzzy, temporary atmosphere - and sometimes also a tail. Asteroids are actually small solar system bodies orbiting around the sun.

NASA's NEOWISE is an enhancement of the $320 million Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission that was launched in Dec. 2009. WISE scanned the entire celestial sky in infrared light about 1.5 times and captured more than 2.7 million images of objects in space, ranging from faraway galaxies to asteroids and comets close to Earth.


Photo captured of meteor over Harvard Square-January 29th 2011

© Brad Kelly

Cambridge - A Somerville photographer said he captured a photo of a meteor streaking across the sky over Harvard Square Saturday night.

Brad Kelly was walking from his home in Somerville to Harvard Square to catch a movie. He was late for the movie, so he ended up walking around Harvard Square, snapping photos to waste some time. At around 8:30 p.m., he found himself in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank building, snapping a few photos. And that's when he captured the meteor.

Kelly shared a photo of the original photo -- taken with a Nikon D300 -- with Wicked Local Cambridge. For photo geeks, Kelly said, it was an 8-second exposure at aperture f8 on a tripod with a 20mm prime lens.


'Cometa Aster': Once a myth, now an object of study

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The comet, which moves in an elliptical orbit around the Sun, will at rendezvous be some 675 million kilometres from the Sun, near the point in its orbit farthest from the Sun. The meeting point was not chosen at random: at this point the comet is still barely active, it is still in fact a frozen lump of ice and interplanetary dust, in all probability the matter from which our solar system emerged four and a half billion years ago. Rosetta's job is to find out more about these strange bodies that travel through our solar system. As it moves on, the comet will begin to change. As it approaches the Sun, it will - like all comets - become active: in the warmth of the Sun's rays, the ices evaporate, tearing small dust particles from the surface. This produces the comet head (the coma) and tail during solar flyby skims several metres of matter off the comet's surface. In the case of a small comet like Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the shrinkage is a good 1% each time round." As it flies past the Sun every 6.6 years it can look forward to a short future, especially on a cosmic timescale.

Comment: Astrophysicist James McCanney has, for several decades now, been attempting to inform (and warn) anyone who will listen about the true nature of our solar system and the way in which the planets and the sun (and any stray bodies that enter our solar system) interact with each other. Basically, McCanney makes the case for an 'electrical' interaction between the planets, with the sun as a massive electrical 'storehouse' that can be 'discharged' by new celestial bodies entering the solar system. To put it even more basically: large cometary bodies that do 'fly-bys' of the earth can, depending on the alignment of the earth, sun, the 'new-comer' and any number of the other planets, charge our ionosphere and cause serious 'electrical' disruption of the earth environment, including an ultimate reversal of the earth's magnetic pole.

For a more detailed analysis of McCanney's theories see the following two articles:

Comet Elenin is Coming!
Pole Shift? Look to the Skies!


Apocalypse Forever: The Root of Islam Was a Very Dark Year

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Human history is a mosaic of economics, scientific progress, individual initiative, and random chance. The world goes to war because one man is assassinated. Kingdoms change hands because someone invented a longer spear or a faster arrow. But the environment has long been overlooked as an influence on history. Human interaction with the environment, instead, has been the domain of anthropologists studying hunter-gatherers. Yet, rather than our usual supernatural history with prophetic explanations, history can be explained logically in natural terms. The environment not only plays a role in our history, but it is also a crucial role.

Most of us learned in school that the Dark Ages began in the vacuum left by the Roman Empire, whose fall resulted from over-reaching ambition, corruption, and human frailty. Comparatively few records remain from that time, especially from the sixth-century, which is considered both the low point and the official beginning of the Dark Ages.

It's not until recently that some scholars have begun to think something very unusual happened around that time, that perhaps the apocalyptic writings of sixth century historians are pointing to something more concrete than political and economic hardship. Their most important clue came not from musty old libraries, but from the forests.

Trees live a very long time, their memories are accurate, and they hold a grudge forever. Deprive them of good sunlight for a season and they'll complain about it hundreds of years later. And the trees, it turns out, have much to complain about.