Fire in the Sky


US: Fireball Over Tampa

Jet, Fireball, Meteor, space junk, or UFO?

Several Polk County viewers called yesterday evening to report something in the sky over Tampa Bay, Florida.

The callers believed the object may have been a meteor or other object entering Earth's atmosphere.

Photos sent by one viewer showed the bright object with some sort of vapour or smoke trail behind it. They were taken at around 5:45 pm.

It's not clear if the object was a passenger jet with its exhaust trail illuminated by the setting sun, or if it was a meteor or piece of space junk being burned up as it entered the atmosphere.


Canada: Great balls of fire?

County - A bright sight in the skies in the western part of Lunenburg County during the November 18 supper hour is said to be part of the Leonid meteor shower.

There was information from an ambulance travelling in the Italy Cross area reporting a fireball had fallen from the sky.

Initial radio dispatches indicated a possible plane crash had happened. Paramedics were placed on standby as police rushed to find out more details.

But the authorities came up with nothing. Police and Halifax's joint rescue co-ordination centre (JRCC) later confirmed no aircraft were missing, nor had any hit the ground.

"We checked through JRCC and there's no aircraft anywhere in the area, there's no radar contacts of any kind and it was at the height of the meteor shower," Lunenburg County RCMP Cpl. Don Gray said.

He said the paramedic saw "something burning in the sky," but it disappeared quickly.


US: Fireball streaks across the sky in Hawley, Texas


North Carolina, US: Have you heard the area's mysterious booms recently? Tell us where you were

Southeastern North Carolina has been rattled these past few weeks by mysterious booms that have been heard in Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties. Some folks even reported explosive sounds so loud that they shook buildings.

No one has determined what is causing the booms, though some have rather humorous theories. In any case, we want to start keeping track of when and where these "Seneca Guns," as they're called, are heard.

And we need your help.

Please follow the link below and fill out a short form to tell us when and where you heard the booms recently. I know many of you posted to Facebook and Twitter to discuss the events as they were happening, so those might be a good place to check to refresh your memory of specific dates and times.


US: Meteor lights up the sky

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Marietta fireball.
Marietta: An impressive fireball in the sky could be seen over Marietta, Georgia, on November 19, 2010 at about 5.15 PM. Two airplanes flew towards the object that looked like a meteorite descending from west to east on a low trajectory.

Meteoroids are debris-particles in the solar system. The visible path of a meteoroid that enters the atmosphere is called a meteor. The remains of objects that reach the ground and survive the impact are called meteorite. Most meteors are the size of a pebble and become visible about 40 and 75 miles (65 and 120 kilometers) above the Earth's surface.

Larger meteors crate a fireball as seen in the picture. While most do not survive the passage through the atmosphere, some large meteorites did impact. The resulting craters are usually circular depressions that have raised rims and floors that are lower than the surrounding terrain.


'Huge ball of fire' actually meteor shower, N.S. officials say

They feared it was a plane crash but it turned out to be a meteor shower lighting up the night sky.

Early Thursday evening, emergency crews rushed to Nova Scotia's South Shore after getting reports that a "huge ball of fire" had fallen from the sky near Exit 16 on Highway 103.

RCMP and search and rescue officials were dispatched to the area around Italy Cross.

But after thorough checks, it was determined there had been no plane crash, Scott Burgwin of the Maritimes Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax said in an interview.

"We're pretty sure there were no aircraft (in the area)," Burgwin said just before 8 p.m. "We think it was some sort of natural phenomenon like a meteor shower."

The call of the "huge ball of fire" came in around 6:30 p.m. from an ambulance driver in the area, said RCMP Sgt. Brigdit Leger.


Explosion In Scottish Forest - Meteorite Impact?

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Garadhban Forest near Loch Lomond
At about midday on Wednesday 17th November, a member of the public reported hearing a loud explosion from the area of Garadhban forest in Gartocharn, near Loch Lomond (near Glasgow) Scotland. Ten years ago, authorities would have responded to a report of an explosion in a forest with puzzlement and an at least semi-open-mind. But the bogus 'terror threat' has closed minds all around the world, and yesterday's event was immediately responded to by the 'anti-terrorism' police. Upon observing the scene and seeing damage to trees over a wide area, explosives were suspected (naturally!)


The New York Times and the Mystery Missile

The New York Times carried its first article Monday on what appeared to be an unexplained missile launch off the coast of southern California. The article, buried at the bottom of page 16, came a full week after the event itself.

While the spectacular video of a giant contrail off the coast of southern California was shown by all of the major television networks, and the story was widely covered in most of the media, the Times maintained a discreet silence.

The article that finally appeared on November 14, entitled "How Smoky Plume in Sky Drew the Eyes of the World", was more of a whimsical background piece than a hard news story.

Tucked within its fourth paragraph was the Pentagon's vague explanation - delivered two days after the filming of the apparent missile launch by a television station helicopter - that "there is no evidence to suggest that this is anything other than a condensation trail from an aircraft." This is followed by the Times' observation: "Some experts chastised media outlets for running with a half-baked, whole-hyped story."


Meteors visible across Scottish skies

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Leonid shower: Photographed in the USA.

Leonids meteor shower reaches its peak amid reports of bright objects hurtling through the skies at night.

Scots have been getting the chance to spot meteors in the night sky, with a number of reports of bright objects passing over the country overnight.

There were reports from Glasgow, Perthshire and Sutherland of a bright light crossing the sky in the early hours of Monday morning which appeared to break up into smaller streaks of light.

The sightings come as the annual Leonids meteor shower reaches its peak. The annual phenomenon is expected to be at its most intense on November 17 and 18, although meteors can frequently be seen several days before and after.

The Leonids are one of the most spectacular of the annual meteor showers, and can produce around 40 meteors an hour, which seem to originate from the constellation of Leo.


US: UFO "fireballs" over Rochester N.Y.

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An entry at the National UFO Reporting Center from a witness with two companions describes the alarming appearance of dozens of flaming balls of light in the night sky near the Rochester airport in upstate New York on 8/28/10 .

The original report contains many details that indicate the objects were not simply planes. Flickering, uncharacteristic changes in speed and direction, movement while unlit, and other behavior atypical to conventional aircraft operating proceedures are clearly portrayed. Sadly, no photographic evidence is available.