Fire in the Sky


Fireball seen over Montreal

A meteor crashing through the Earth's atmosphere could be responsible for sightings of a fireball over Montreal Thursday night, astronomers said.

Montrealer Humberto Dramasino witnessed the sight as he was driving home in the city's St-Laurent district around 7:30 p.m.

"I saw a fireball just below the clouds," Dramasino said. "It was losing pieces in the air while it was flying and it was very, very fast."

The spectacle lasted no more than a few seconds, Dramasino said.

Montreal-based astronomer Andrew Fazekas, who runs the website, confirmed the description of the object matched that of a meteor.

Fazekas said he received reports of the fireball from at least five others, including from as far away as Saint-Eustache, about 30 kilometres north of Montreal.

Green meteor lights up night sky

Green meteor Mojave
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A huge meteor hurtling to earth during the annual Geminid meteor shower, taken from the Mojave Desert area near Victorville
A green meteor was seen over the Mojave Desert in California as part of the annual Geminid meteor shower.

Astro-photogrpaher Wally Pacholka captured the annual cosmic fireworks show under dark and clear skies on Monday.

The meteor shower has been growing in intensity in recent decades and was enhanced this year by it falling in a nearly moonless week.

UK: Daylight fireball reported

Sightings of a rare daylight "fireball" - thought to be a meteor - was seen flashing over the Wisbech skies.

A meteor which has passed through Earth's atmosphere is known as a meteorite, and experts say pieces of the space rock could now be scattered across a Fenland field.

It was spotted by Jimmy Greenwood, who was driving along the A47 just outside Wisbech at about 1.15pm on Saturday. The 45-year-old, from Upwell, said: "I've never seen anything like it. It was about four houses high and burning white. It went straight across quickly, into a field and disappeared. It had a vapour trail. It was unbelievable."

Flame-Shooting UFO (Meteor?) Spotted Near A47

A motorist travelling towards Lynn was amazed when he saw a flame-spewing UFO shoot across the sky and then disappear before his eyes.

Jimmy Greenwood (45) is convinced the flying object, about the size of a football, was a meteorite, but is appealing to Lynn News readers to help him find out for sure.

Mr Greenwood was driving along the A47, just outside of Wisbech, at around 12:45pm on Saturday when he saw a bright white light travel across the sky with flames coming out behind it.

He said: "I was on my way to see my daughter. It was snowing and I was driving around 35 to 40mph. I saw this really bright light over the fields to my right for about two to three seconds and then it just burned away. It looked like a firework rocket and was moving really quickly.

China: Fireball in Beijing

Beijing fireball
The search continues for a full moon-bright meteoroid likely to have landed in west suburban Beijing on Wednesday in what astronomers said could lead to one of the biggest discoveries in Beijing this year.

Witnesses in Beijing and nearby Tianjin recorded a clearly visible fireball-like meteorite descending near the west horizon of Beijing at 10:23 pm on Dec 16.

The surveillance camera from the planetarium taped a 2-second footage of the fall phenomena, in which a bright shooting star, carrying a visible tail, flew towards the east and exploded into greater brightness before disappearing on the horizon.

"We were at Jianxiangqiao Bridge when driving west-bound on the North Fourth Ring Road when we caught sight of the brightness moving to the southeast," Li Xin, a researcher with the Beijing Planetarium, wrote on the organization's online forum before posting the surveillance video right after the witness.

"The brightness of the meteor was close to a full moon," he wrote. "If this meteorite can be recovered, it can become one of the biggest discoveries in Beijing."

England: Huge 'fireball' seen hovering, then moving, then hovering...

England ufo
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Posted: December 20, 2009

Location of Sighting: Rudheath, Cheshire
Date of Sighting: 16th December 2009
Time: 6:15

I was driving through Rudheath, Cheshire on Wednesday 16th December at approx 6.15 and was in traffic when I saw what I can only describe as a huge fireball. At first I thought it was an aeroplane on fire. It was hovering in the sky to my right very low, about the height of 2 or 3 houses then it moved right in front of me. It hovered there for perhaps 30 seconds then shot off southbound traveling higher and higher until it went totally out of sight.

Fireball: Curious Events In Nebraska: Dec. 16, 2009

Earthquakes don't rock Nebraska very often. In fact, seismically speaking, it is one of the quietest places in North America. Nevertheless, on Dec. 16th at 8:54 pm CST, USGS seismographs detected a magnitude 3.5 temblor centered near Auburn, Nebraska:

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"It sounded like those loud grain haulers that drive by, but about five times louder," reports Laurie Riley, who lives near the epicenter. "The whole house shook. My kids came running down stairs - they were scared. It even moved my car, [which was parked outside on icy ground]."

And then the really curious thing happened.

US: Mysterious booms questioned

Stop. Hey, what's that sound?

Several Arkansas City area residents reported hearing explosion-type sounds or sonic booms recently. But authorities can't seem to pinpoint the source of the sounds.

Elmer Morris, a World War II veteran, today said he heard the booms two or three times on Monday and several more times Tuesday. The booms were heard during daylight hours, he said.

Morris said the sounds are very similar to sonic booms he heard while in the military and on the West Coast.

US: Sonic boom-like noise heard by many last night

A sonic boom like sound heard by many late last night is something that has happened before, according to State Police. They tell us that is what it probably is. They tell us there was nothing reported to them last night as far as an explosion or anything suspicious. Delaware's Dover Air Force Base has no information regarding any aircraft from their base that the noise may have been related to.

Earthquake follows Nebraska fireball

"At 9 p.m. Central Time on Dec. 16th, a very bright meteor lit up the completely overcast sky like lightning in southeast Nebraska," reports Trooper Jerry Chab of the Nebraska State Patrol. "It flashed for approximately 2 seconds and was followed by ground shaking, which prompted many calls by the public to law enforcement in a three county wide area." The USGS says there was a magnitude 3.5 earthquake near Auburn, Nebraska, at 8:53 pm Wednesday night, about the same time and place as the fireball. Coincidence? Readers in Nebraska with photos or eyewitness accounts are encouraged to submit a report.