Fire in the Sky
Sun, 29 Mar 2009 17:11 CDT
NUFORC has received a number of telephone calls, as well as written reports, of a dramatic fireball that was seen at approximately 21:44 hrs. (EDT) on Sunday night, March 29, 2009.
One witness in South Hill, Virginia, reported having been witness to a large fireball, its apparent size larger than the apparent size of the full Moon, in the eastern sky, which lasted for a few seconds.
When the boom hit shortly before 10 p.m. on an autumn night a decade ago, a security guard at First Union Bank on Main Street thought robbers were breaking in.
The desk sergeant thought something exploded at police headquarters on Bedford Street.
Stamford Emergency Medical Service workers thought someone drove into their Strawberry Hill Avenue building.
At Curley's Diner downtown, the manager thought someone fell in the bathroom.
A woman who lived near Stamford Hospital thought her child pulled over a dresser.
The source of a long trail of lights seen by many Tasmanians speeding across the sky yesterday afternoon remained unknown last night.
Tasmania Police switchboards were inundated with phone calls from across the state about 1.30pm -- all from people concerned about the lights which appeared to be heading downwards as they headed south.
Police told the Sunday Tasmanian the sightings had triggered fears that a plane or a meteor was about to crash to the ground.
Some callers had thought distress flares were being let off.
You weren't imagining things if you heard a loud boom between 2 and 3 a.m. this morning.
Dr. Gary Senn, director of the Dupont Planetarium in the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken, says it was a large meteor, technically called a bolide.
"We've had a couple of calls this morning from people," he said. "It seems like a few people were outside and actually saw the thing itself. Others reported hearing the sound."
He said people have reported the sound to be like a clap of thunder. Sightings were of a large fireball in the sky.
Wed, 18 Mar 2009 19:47 CDT
Paranormal investigators are looking into reports of a mysterious UFO seen flying over Pitsea.
A woman and her son witnessed the "burning fireball" whizzing across the sky at the speed of an aeroplane.
The 40-year-old was driving in Ashlyns, Pitsea, with her son, aged 20, when she spied the spectacle on the horizon at 8.30pm on Friday.
The woman, from Pitsea, said: "We couldn't believe it. We actually pulled over to watch it. It seemed to be near to the Barstable School area.
Thu, 12 Mar 2009 21:43 CDT
News 5 has received reports from Spanish Fort to the Mississippi state line about a big boom that shook their homes. We've done some digging, but so far, no one has an answer for us.
The National Weather Service had no reports and suggested we check with the US Geological Survey.
The USGS is not showing any signs of seismic activity in our area. In fact, the closest earthquake to Mobile within the past week was 718 miles away in Sullivan, Missouri on Saturday night.
Tue, 10 Mar 2009 17:49 CDT
The loud boom many southern Westchester residents heard Saturday morning might have been caused by a meteor traveling through the atmosphere.
Bill Thys of the Rockland Astronomy Club said there was a very good chance a meteor could have caused the sonic boom, lohud.com reported.
Jorge Fitz-Gibbon and Danielle DeSouzaLoHud
Tue, 10 Mar 2009 20:06 CDT
A second loud boom may have rattled windows in parts of Rockland County yesterday - and its origin remains as mysterious as the explosive noise that blew through southern Westchester County over the weekend.
"It was about 5:15 a.m., and it woke up the whole house," said Nanuet resident Keith Wallenstein. "The house was shaking. It sounded like someone had flown an F-16 over the house."
"If it was thunder, it had to be right on the house," Wallenstein said. "And I know a bunch of people who heard it within 3 to 4 or 5 miles away. So I don't know if it was thunder."
Spokesmen at several Rockland police departments said they were not aware of any reports of loud booms early Monday morning.
With all of the meteor/fireball sightings there have been, and even recorded, you would think that comments like the one above:
Taylor said. "It is possible that something in the atmosphere can do that, but it is very rare. But her seeing it moving in a downward arc would be an optical illusion. You would not be able to see that.
There have been a lot of "sonic booms" or "loud noises" reported over the last couple of years, and very, very few have had anyone even whisper that it might be a meteor exploding in the atmosphere, or creating a sonic boom as it streaks through the skies.
However, there was this very recent article
that someone did finally admit that the Hudson Valley "sonic boom" could have been a meteor.
It's as if it is forbidden to even think that meteors could be to blame for these "sonic booms". Amazing, isn't it?
The loud boom heard throughout southern Westchester early yesterday morning might have been a meteor crashing through the atmosphere at thousands of miles per hour.
What people said sounded like an explosion, thunderclap or a sonic boom was heard around 12:24 a.m. People from Scarsdale, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Tuckahoe, Eastchester and Bronxville contacted The Journal News
People in Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Eastchester, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe and Bronxville heard a loud noise they say sounded like an explosion early yesterday morning.
But what the noise was remained a mystery.
Tuckahoe police said several residents called about the loud noise, but that checks with the Yonkers, Eastchester and Bronxville departments yielded no answers.
A Mount Vernon man said his clock read 12:34 a.m. when he heard the boom.