Fire in the Sky


Colorado: July 13, 2009 Fireball

This slow, bright fireball occurred at 2:28 AM MDT over central Colorado. I have not received any witness reports.

Data has been recovered from the following cameras:

* Cloudbait (details, video)
* Tom Ashcraft's camera in New Mexico.

© Cloudbait Observatory
The image at left is from the Cloudbait camera. The meteor produced a long trail, gradually brightening to about magnitude -10 (the Moon, seen at the bottom, is about magnitude -11). Several small flares of light are also seen along the path. The fireball lasted over 5.5 seconds.

Dramatic Fireball over Southern Arizona

A bright fireball was spotted by several observers Tuesday, June 23 over Tucson and other parts of southern Arizona. It was a space rock that broke apart dramatically as it streaked into Earth's atmosphere - a "shooting star" on steroids. Such events are not uncommon, but most are not seen because they occur over the oceans, or late at night when few people are watching, or during the day when they are not visible.

One observer compared it to a memorable 1992 event known as the Peekskill Fireball.

Comment: From the Transient Sky blog:
From KOLD, Tucson's local CBS affiliate, a video of the fireball taken by a security camera in Marana (just north of Tucson). The video shows what appears to be 2 fainter pieces below and to the right of the main fireball. I believe those 2 fainter objects are just reflections caused by the optics of the camera and are not actually real. What is real is the main fireball appearing in 3 or more pieces right before it faded from view.


US: Granbury, Texas - Fireball seen during daylight hours

Posted: July 22, 2009

Date: June 24th 2009
Time: Daylight hour 6:57pm CDST
Number of witnesses: One
Number of objects: One
Shape of objects: Round, Ball shaped
Weather Conditions: Clear

Description: Small fireball traveling from Northeast to Southwest north of Granbury Texas. Not so spectacular with the exception that it was still during bright daylight. I suspect it was a meteorite.

TV/Radio: I won't report but if someone else does I would like to be informed.

England: Attleborough, Nuneaton - Hovering Fireball That Changes into a Large Black Mass

Posted: July 11, 2009

Date of Sighting: 27th june 2009
Time: 10.20pm approx

Witness Statement: On returning to Attleborough from the direction of the Pingles, we saw a what appeared to be a fire ball hovering in the air above the fields at the bottom of Crowhill. I drove towards it to get a better look but it quickly rose very high up into the sky, it then dropped down and changed to a large black mass and continued to move slowly down and towards the direction of the Attleborough industrial estate, it was not falling straight down but moving along as if to land. I tried to follow it but it disappeared behind the houses. It had been a very hot day, there was no wind and as I drove past the playing fields for kegs there was a fog over the field and road. It was a very strange experience.

Video: Meteor fell east of York, Pennsylvania on Monday morning

Big fireball meteor
The big fireball meteor that startled residents in Central Maryland and southern Pennsylvania early Monday morning was captured on a security camera video in York Pa.
"Meteorite Man" Steve Arnold is still looking for those key eyewitness reports that could point him toward any remnants of the July 6 Mason-Dixon Meteor that may have survived the fall to Earth.

Arnold has read through more than 100 comments from Weather Blog readers who saw or heard the meteor, and he's singled out more than 30 that were detailed enough to suggest that just a little more information might help point him to the impact zone.

US: Video of Meteor shooting across Pennsylvania

If you saw a bright flash of light in the sky about 1 a.m. Monday, it wasn't a leftover firework. It was a meteor.

And a pretty impressive one at that.

Michael Gaines, who lives near the Costco on Hempstead Road, had gotten home from the Long's Park Patriotic Concert a few hours earlier and saw the flash from his porch.

With an interest in astronomy, Gaines knew that it wasn't a stray Fourth of July sparkler.

"It was a lot brighter than fireworks," said Gaines, who realized he was seeing the fireball of a large meteor. "You could see remnants, little fragments - something was moving from right to left across the sky."

US: Meteor over Maryland and Pennsylvania

We have been receiving reports today of a likely meteor over north-central Maryland and southern Pennsylvania early Monday morning. (Not the one in the image seen here.)

Below are the first reports we have received. If you heard or saw something similar, around the same time, please leave a comment. Include the time, your location, which direction you saw the object or flash, a description of what you saw, and note any boom or other sound you heard, as well as the time lapse between flash and boom.

The York Dispatch: In York County, Pa., police officers from Penn Township, Southwestern Regional and Newberry Township reported seeing a flash and hearing a boom around 1:15 a.m. Monday, July 6, according to local 911 centers. Officials in Harford County, Md. also reported seeing a flash and hearing a boom near the Mason-Dixon Line.

Capital Gazette: An Annapolis city police officer reported that she and her partner both saw what she described as a "bright blue light in the sky" just after midnight. It was followed by "a light with a tail, falling from the sky," according to our informant. Annapolis police reported hearing a similar report on Baltimore County police radio.

US: Large meteor fireball creates sonic boom over Pennsylvania

A number of viewers throughout the Susquehanna Valley have contacted News 8 about a bright light they saw in the night sky, and an explosion they heard and felt early Monday morning.

"At approx. 1:05 a.m. my wife and I were outside enjoying the cool evening and we saw a bright flash of light and a few seconds later we heard a series of explosions. Do you have any information on that?" read one.

"I just wanted to report something very strange. At about 1:10 AM while laying in bed. We heard and felt a deep rumble, the house shook and we felt either an explosion shock wave or an earth quake," read another.

England: A50, Meir/Longton, Stoke-on-Trent - A Fireball-Like Object

Posted: July 5, 2009

Date: June 6 2009
Time: 11pm
Number of witnesses: 4
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Fireball/bright light
Weather Conditions: Small amount of cloud

Description: A fast moving fireball like object moving in direct path over the A50, seen on two occasions with a full car of people with me. At first we thought it was an aircraft on fire, it almost looked as though the light emitted from the object was passing through and searching the clouds, I dunno. It was moving in a straight line but the light appeared to flicker, but it's path did not falter. Light was not coming from a direct source or visible light or led, like a glowing ball almost.

Ireland: County Laois - A Very Strange Sound From All Over the Sky

Posted: July 4, 2009

Date: 5 6 2009
Time: 23.40
Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Small lights
Weather Conditions: Cloudy sky

Description: We both heard a very very strange sound when we were in the house. It was a deep sound that washed in and out, in and out. I didn't know what it was at first - it sounded like a boiler, but we both looked at each other both in shock because it was a much bigger sound than that. We went outside and the sound came from the sky, but it seemed to come from all over the sky - it was very hard to locate the source of the sound. We eventually saw the source of the sound - a light fly away which looked like a plane, but the sound was no sound of a normal plane. It was much deeper, widespread and it washed inward and outward.