Fire in the Sky


US: What's causing the mysterious booming sounds? No one seems to know

The cause of loud booming sounds that have shaken houses in and around Port Angeles, Washington over the past week remains a mystery.

Possible explanations range from naval exercises in the Strait of Juan de Fuca to thunderstorms in the Olympic Mountains.

The Canadian Navy confirmed that the HMCS Edmonton was conducting gunnery exercises with a .50-caliber machine gun in the Strait on Thursday -- but not any other day of the week -- from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

But that wouldn't explain why people, such as Marie Barclay of Port Angeles, had her house shaken by loud booms Tuesday and Wednesday.

"It was pretty loud, like a sonic boom," she said.

"All you heard was the boom, and I didn't hear an airplane or nothing like that."

Canadian Navy spokeswoman Lt. Commander Natalie Garcia said that the gun used in Thursday's exercises would sound like a rifle and not an explosion.

The sound wouldn't shake a house on the North Olympic Peninsula, she said.

Garcia said no other Canadian naval exercises have occurred in the Strait this week.

England: Whitchurch, Shropshire - 2 Large 'fireballs' seen, one resembling a comet without a tail

Posted: July 30, 2009

Location of Sighting: Blackpark Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire
Date of Sighting: Saturday 4th July 2009
Time: 11.20-11.30

Witness Statement: Whilst sitting in the hot tub, looking up at the stars, we both noticed a bright light, which looked similar to a large Chinese lantern, it sort of drifted across the sky in a northerly direction, it suddenly changed direction and headed south east and upwards quite quickly, the light appeared to be a ball of fire, and we watched it for about 4-5 minutes.

England: Long Eaton, Nottingham - Multiple 'Fireballs' seen over 40 minute period

Posted: July 28, 2009

Date of Sighting: Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th July 2009
Time: 11.50pm-1.10am

Witness Statement: Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th July

After a night out we arrived back in Long Eaton & dropped my daughter at her house at about 11.50pm. She signaled to us to get out of the car and my wife & I looked to where she was pointing and saw about 4, what can only be described as fireballs traveling at a lowish altitude in a north easterly direction. They were followed by another 2. We watched them disappear from view and went to our house a couple of streets away. On the journey we saw at least 2 more of the objects. On arriving home, we got out our binoculars and after a time at about 12.15 another one came past over head. Then about 12.30 the final one? (We watched for about another 40 minutes but saw no others.)

Mexico: The Xochitepec Fireball - UFO or Meteorite?

Mexico ufo
© Unknown
Date: July 26, 2009

Residents of Xochitepec were treated to the sight of a "ball of fire" over Avenida Aeropuerto in the Miguel Hidalgo section of town. The witnesses fixed their eyes on a brilliant object in the sky for five minutes, before the sighting ended in a lightning-like flash and disappeared.

The unidentified object's presence drew the attention of many: some took out their camcorders, others photographed the "ball of fire" that seemed to fall very slowly from the heavens under clear skies.

Canada: Kingston, Ontario - Glow in the Sky Turns into an Hourglass-Shaped Fireball and Then into a Dimly-Lit Object

Posted: July 25, 2009

Date: June 30 2009
Time: 12:00 midnight
Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Circular.
Weather Conditions: Clear Skies, great night. Maybe some clouds to the west. Moon low in the sky, crescent.

Description: Started out as a glow in the distance towards the south. It looked like a plane head light coming towards us, It got brighter and brighter so I asked my mate, look at this what do you think, as we watched it turned into what looked like a fireball the shape of an hour glass, then it went out and became a dimly lit object in the sky. As I watched it looked as if the sun was lighting up the object, sort of a vague outline. More grey then glowing. As I watched I noticed a red light on what looked like one edge of the object. If it had an edge it looked like the lower right corner, as it did not resemble a circle at this time, more like a chunk of something.

England: What was mysterious fireball in the night sky?

Fireball over England
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Fireball: A photo of the mysterious fiery object.
Pictures taken by a Worcester family show what they claim is a "fireball" streaking across the Worcester night sky.

The object which had "orange flames coming from its top and sides" was spotted in Worcester at 10.15pm on Thursday.

Rob Giles, aged 59, was driving his daughter and niece home when he looked up to see the bright object up above in the clear sky.

He said: "It just came right over the top of us heading towards the north east. I just stopped the car and got out. I was telling my daughter to take a photo."

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.