Fire in the Sky


Canada: Apparent Meteor Zips Through Sky

A trail of gold. That's what a Langham women said an apparent meteor left behind when it zipped across the Saskatchewan night sky. Laurie Suiker says she was driving home just before 6:00 Friday evening on Highway 16, near Lutheran Road, when she saw a flash of light. She initially thought it was a shooting star.

"I watched it trail for a tiny bit and then it went, poof !" said Suiker. "And there was this beautiful golden shower. It wasn't huge. It was way up there, but it was pretty beautiful."

Suiker described the flash for her husband, Chris, and compared it to the meteor sighting in November of 2008 near the Alberta/Saskatchewan border (Flash pictured right).

Comment: A comment posted by a reader to the original article stated:
Saw something appearing...

On December 13th, 2009 LeRyck (not verified) says:

I am from Quebec city. Saturday evening, at 17:50 local time, I saw a quite big green ball streaking through the sky from East to West or possible from ENE to WSW. It was followed by a reddish tail. The whole experience did not last more than about 2 seconds. I saw it through a window. I roughly estimated its speed to 20,000 km/s.
Does anybody else have seen that?


Huge fireball and blue/green skies seen from Minnesota to Wisconsin

Finding that the sky is blue is not unusual, unless it's 1:15 in the morning.

That's what happened early Friday when observers from western Minnesota to northern Wisconsin reported seeing a bright blue or green flash in the sky.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, North Dakota, logged a call at 1:25 a.m. from someone 15 miles west of Bemidji, Minnesota, who reported the sky looked green.

The weather station then heard from a sister station in Duluth, Minn., which passed along observations from law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin, where a huge fireball was seen near the town of Fifield that created temporary mid-day brightness, said Bill Barrett, a Weather Service official in Grand Forks.

Air France jet hit trouble near AF447 crash site

French investigators said they are looking into problems encountered by an Air France jet last month in nearly the same spot over the Atlantic where another Air France jet mysteriously crashed in June.

Air France flight 445 was flying from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Paris, France, the night of Nov. 29 when it encountered the problems, the French accident investigation agency, BEA, said in a news release this week.

Hawaii: Colored 'fireballs' light up evening sky

Wailua - Residents are still talking about the unique light show they witnessed in the evening skies last week.

A "big ol' honking fireball" was what Steve Yoder said he saw while he was on his way to Wailua from Waimea the night of Dec. 2. A "flaming green" object lit up the eastern sky right before 9 p.m.

"I hadn't started drinking yet," he said with a laugh.

In fact, Yoder said he found it hard to believe there has not yet been an explanation for what he saw, much like the loud noise over Kalaheo reported by residents in May of this year.

"I've seen meteorites all my life," he said. But added that what he saw was much different. "It was either a gigantic asteroid or one of the biggest meteorites I have ever seen."

Bluish-green fireball sighted over northern Germany

Several eyewitnesses reported seeing a bluish-green fireball over northern Germany on Monday night - possibly a large meteor burning up in the Earth's atmosphere, according to experts at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

The object was first sighted over Braunschweig around 11:40 pm, but people in Celle, Delmenhorst, Lüneburg, Grabow, Kiel and Hannover also spotted the fireball streaking across the sky. The Network for Researching Unusual Heavenly Phenomena (CENAP) said on Tuesday the object eventually broke up into brightly glowing pieces before disappearing.

Wilfried Tost from the DLR said the fireball was likely a meteor, explaining that on average one falls to Earth over Central Europe each month.

Last spring, a German meteorite researcher found the remains of another spectacular fireball on the Danish island of Lolland.

US: "Electric" Blue Streak (Meteor?) Seen in Eastern Sky

Posted: December 2, 2009

Date of Sighting: November 29, 2009
Time of Sighting: 12:05 to 12:10 AM PST
Location of Sighting: Longview, Washington (Southwestern Washington)

Description: I saw an electric blue streak in the eastern sky. The object was about 1 & 1/2 times the size of the moon at that time. The object was about an inch to the left of the moon, which was visually about a foot above the horizon. I noticed the object when it was at about the height the moon was at this point. It descended towards the horizon in a straight line lasting 1 to 2 seconds although the tail did not really appear to be tapering. I immediately thought meteorite & half expected to hear it impact somewhere east of Longview, Washington. My impression was of a round electric blue, large object moving toward the eastern sky in very rapid stages. Was this a meteorite? I have never seen this color nor an object other than the moon of this size in the sky.

USA: Calculations estimate meteor lit up 500,000 miles

Salt Lake City -- Space buffs have some astounding new calculations about the gigantic fireball that lit up our part of the west two weeks ago. They now estimate the meteor lit up 500,000 square miles bright as day, and they've learned a lot more by studying some spectacular images.

A lot of what people thought is turning out to be wrong. The Nov. 18 fireball was apparently much higher and farther away than it appeared, never closer than 120 miles to Salt Lake City, which makes its brightness all the more amazing.

Dash-cam video from a police car in Grand Junction, Colo, provided vital clues to meteor trackers. Almost 300 miles away, it shows the fireball lighting up the sky, all the way on the opposite side of Utah.

Seth Jarvis of Clark Planetarium calls it God's flash bulb, briefly illuminating a half million square miles.

"From our area here, it was as bright as the sun," he said.

In surveillance video from the Salt Lake valley, the Wasatch Mountains turn from midnight to noon, as if a zillion-watt light bulb switched on.

Australia: Earthquake, Sonic Boom, Meteorite? It Was Us, Says RAAF

A Williamtown RAAF base spokesman has suggested that "supersonic activity" by aircraft taking part in a major defense exercise off the coast was responsible for the shaking felt by Hunter residents last night.

The spokesman said there were aircraft taking part in the East Coast Air Defence Exercise about 10.30 last night when the shaking was felt.

He said that while the aircraft may have been operating some 50 kilometres off the coast, conducive atmospheric conditions may have caused the supersonic soundwave to travel further than would normally be expected.

The spokesman said the aircraft were operating within flight rules and restrictions.

Canada: Fireballs spotted in Edmonton sky

Ah to be an early riser: first to the paper, first to the coffee, and, of course, first to the occasional fireball scorching through the sky.

Twice in as many mornings this week early birds have reported fiery objects in the atmosphere above Edmonton.

On Thursday at about 7:15 a.m., a fireball was spotted travelling low along the horizon from the northeast to the east, according to the Telus World of Science. The next day, on Friday, a second was eyed in the west at about 5:50 a.m.

US: Mysterious 'fireball' sighting over Massachusetts not science fiction

As Ernest Merrill was driving down Route 113 in West Newbury on Saturday night, he glimpsed what many astronomers refer to as a once-in-a-lifetime sighting - a fireball falling from the sky.

Merrill's friends think he's crazy, but scientists say it's entirely possible. Referred to by astronomers as a "fireball," it is caused by a larger-than-average particle, perhaps from a Leonid meteor shower, shooting through the earth's atmosphere and blazing a fiery trail to the treeline.

The object was like nothing 67-year-old from Salisbury and his wife, Laura, had ever seen before.

"We were riding along, and it was dark," Merrill said. "We were talking about the moon, and all of a sudden this thing came into the Earth's atmosphere and was shooting across the sky with a tail, like fire coming off and going all the way toward Haverhill. We watched it going down, and it finally disappeared by the trees. It came into the Earth's atmosphere and it was burning up as it was coming down."

That fiery display, similar perhaps to what Merrill saw on Saturday, is a rare occurrence that meteor experts track as "fireball sightings,"
As regular Sott readers know, fireball sightings are not all that rare now. All one needs to do is put the word fireball, or meteor in our search engine and you will see lots of reports of these "rare" sightings.