Fire in the Sky


'Giant meteor' seen over Scotland

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Some witnesses said the meteor had a "massive tail".

Witnesses across Scotland have described seeing a "giant meteor" streaking across the sky.

The meteor is reported to have broken into a number of pieces and it left bright streaks of light in the sky at about 0540 GMT.

It was spotted in Glasgow, Scotlandwell and Durness.

Douglas Thornton, from Scotlandwell, said: "It was an off-white light with a massive tail behind it... A phenomenal sight."

It is thought the meteor was part of the annual Taurids shower, which lasts from October into November.


US: Fireball in Maryland & Pennsylvania, Nov 12, 2010

I just got a report from a neighbor in Freeland, Maryland who witnessed what he called a massive fireball. It started in the south from his position, went over head and ended in the north. He said it left behind a brilliant white streak of light in the sky that remained for a few seconds after the fireball had past. See: Astro Mike for more. If you saw this event please fill out the AMS Meteor Sighting Report Form (here).

Other Sightings:

Milford DE no time given 11/12/2010
Guest14 (guest): I saw the meteor reported above on the night of 11/12/2010 from Milford DE on the DE shore. It was the largest and most brilliant I have ever seen, with a long sparkly tail and lasting in my view for a good 7 seconds.

Washington D.C,at 8:30 PM local time 12NOV2010
Tom from Lanham, MD (Guest157):Last night just east of Washington D.C,at 8:30 PM local time a fireball was visible to the north that proceeded slowly across the sky on a northward heading. It lasted about four or five seconds and apparently disappeared while still at a high altitude.I may have been a larger object that skipped into and out of the atmospere. It did not appear to explode or fragment apart.... (no contact info)


US: More Fireball Sightings 7NOV2010

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Monroe, Ohio 8NOV2010

"I cannot believe the Bolide that I saw this morning at 4:20 or 4:25AM, I was outside sitting on my daughters deck drinking coffee in the cold,(waiting to go hunting) when looking south. The biggest, brightest "slow moving" meteor I have ever seen came out of the western sky and headed south east. I was in Monroe Ohio, which is between Cincinnati and Dayton. It came in very low in the sky! with sparks trailing. As it was 10 to 15 degrees above the Horizon there was a Very Bright Flash that lit up the sky and it looked like the front or bottom blew out as it fragmented.

At this Time it entered the city sky light of west Chester, Ohio which is directly south of Monroe, and I lost sight of it completely. This is the 1st one like this I have ever seen and will never forget it. It was far enough away that I heard no sound. There must be alot people traveling south on I-75 and I-71 who saw this, so we should hear more reports today.

Also, I now see why some people think there seeing a jet on fire, It was moving at the speed you would think a jet would. MY 1ST, WAY TOO COOL!" - DAVE M. (contact info)


East Coast USA Meteor Sightings 2NOV2010

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Tokyo, Japan - posted from reader/observers within 10 minutes of event at about 7:20pm EDT .

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"Driving home from work this evening, around 7:20 pm ; Initially I thought it was the vapor trial from a jet as it caught my attention (we live south of Logan Airport) Then I could see it looked like a ball of fire with a comet-like tail behind it, but was moving much slower and was much bigger than a shooting star. I was worried that it might be a jet on fire and crashing because I could see it breaking up and a shower of debris behind it and it was coming in at an angle like a jet. It was traveling South-East to North-West - and I was in North Quincy MA heading east at the time. Very strange; I've never seen anything like it." -- Amy B., Quincy, MA (contact info)


Meteor Fireball Explodes Over Netherlands

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Image dated October 13, 2009
A fireball meteor zipped across the Netherlands sky Tuesday evening before exploding in to the North Sea, an expert says.

The Netherlands just escaped a natural disaster from a meteor. Many Dutch people in the Netherlands witnessed a large "fireball" meteor in the sky. In the north people heard a bang and saw flashes. Also on Twitter people reported on the phenomenon.

The Groningen astronomical Theo Jurriens confirmed that this was a very bright meteor and at one point burst into three pieces.

About one hundred reports have been received from people who have seen the fireball. From the north of the Netherlands there are reports of people who heard rumblings when the meteor passed by and buildings were shaking.

Several pictures of the fireball meteor have been posted on the internet.


Fireball Over Serbia and Macedonia

Vranje, Belgrade -- Milan Jeličić of the Ruđer Bošković Astronomical Society says that a bolide was seen in the sky above Serbia last night.

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"A bolide is a luminous meteorite which is more luminous than Venus and is accompanied by sound effects which are created as it disintegrates," he explained.

According to him, one could not see anything from the observatory Kalemegdan observatory due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Tanjug news agency correspondent from Vranje reported that a light ball was seen in the sky last night at 19:32 in several towns in that part of the country.


Mysterious booms rock North Carolina coast

Wilmington - It's not clear what caused those booms that rattled south coast last week. But methane escaping from the ocean or even a small meteorite have been suggested as culprits.

John Huntsman is an associate professor of geology at UNC-Wilmington. He heard a boom on Friday but isn't sure of the cause. There was a second Saturday.

It wasn't an earthquake because there was no seismic activity. Military bases reported no aircraft exercises.

Similar booms have been heard along the South Carolina coast in the past. Suggestions have included methane bubbles being released below the ocean and breaking the surface.


Raining Soyuz rockets as usual: Mystery 'falling star' was Soyuz rocket body plunging to Earth. Or was it?

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FALLING STAR: PerthNow reader Robin Scott captured this "falling star'' over Morley early Saturday morning.
The mysterious "falling star'' sighted over Perth early Saturday morning has been identified as a Soyuz rocket body which was scheduled to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.

PerthNow reader Robin Scott captured these images of what appeared to be a "falling star'' early Saturday morning when he was in the Morley area looking east or south-east.

Bickley Observatory government Astronomer Ralph Martin initially said he was unsure what the strange lights in the sky were, but said it appeared to be some kind of man-made object "re-entry''.

Mr Martin did some research and gave PerthNow the answer 24 hours later.

"It was a Soyuz-U Rocket Body that was due to re-enter the earth's atmosphere at 6.40am WAST, instead it re-entered 1.5 hours (90 minutes) earlier, which isn't that unusual, off the southern coast of Australia,'' Mr Martin said.


US: More reports of booms and shakes Saturday morning

Residents across Southeastern North Carolina said something shook their homes Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

What was it?

It wasn't an earthquake - at least not one large enough to register, said Kenneth Taylor, assistant state geologist with the N.C. Geological Survey.

"It doesn't mean it didn't happen, but it probably was pretty small," he said.

Residents across the area, from Holden Beach to Leland to Wilmington, claim to have felt their homes shake at about 2:20 p.m. Friday and again after 10 a.m. Saturday.

Beverly Corne, of Carolina Beach, posted to the StarNews Facebook page this morning that she heard a loud boom around 10:15 a.m. and another one about 20 minutes later. Other readers reported booms from Monkey Junction to downtown Wilmington to the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus around the same time Saturday morning.

Jim Barnes, who lives on Covington Road near Bradley Creek Elementary School in Wilmington, said he was sitting on his couch reading on Friday when his home began shaking, a tremor that lasted about three seconds.

"I have heavy custom-made storm doors and they rattled like it was an earthquake," he said.


US: Smithville Man Almost Hit by Meteorite

Jimmy Duncan was nearly hit by a meteorite in August as it fell from the sky.
Smithville, Tennessee - A Smithville man witnessed something only 1,000 people have ever experienced.

In August, while walking down the street in Smithville, Jimmy Duncan and his girlfriend, heard and then found a meteorite

"My girlfriend and I were walking down the street and we heard an awful whistle," he recalled. "We looked around to see and all of a sudden, I heard a thump."

The meteorite had hit the asphalt pavement, left a hole and then bounced onto the sidewalk.

Duncan knew what it was, but had no idea how rare his experience actually was.

Of all the meteorite findings around the world, just over 1,000 cases are called "falls" or situations where people witness the meteorite hitting the earth.