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Slow fireball filmed over Argentina

A bystander has caught video of a mysterious floating fireball that appears to hang over the sky in Argentina. With no explanation available many are claiming it to be a UFO.

The video was actually taken at the beginning of January but has only just been uploaded onto the internet. According to UFO Sightings Daily, local residents in Frías spotted the fireball and at first believed it was nothing more than a meteor.

Of course meteors move at very high speeds when entering the Earth's atmosphere and so tend to appear and disappear in seconds.


Comment: Not necessarily. Some fireballs move uncharacteristically slowly. Apparently thousands of people observed this fireball ('genuine' UFOs are rarely observed by so many people simultaneously). See also:


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Overhead meteor? Mysterious explosion in Wellington, New Zealand

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What happened in the Wellington suburb of Strathmore is unclear, according to police.
Was it a meteor? A gas cylinder? Or perhaps a bomb?

Nobody seems to know. But the one thing that is certain about the loud bang that shook the Wellington suburb of Strathmore last night is that it was not Superman.

What is widely being treated as an explosion in the eastern suburb about 9.30pm, is being put down by police as an unexplained mystery.

Ahuriri St resident Kevin Cree said a lot of police cars cordoned off the end of his road last night.

Armed Offenders Squad members and police dogs were also called but, by this morning, there was no clue about what caused the blast.

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Asteroid that buzzed past Earth has its own moon

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Asteroid 2004 BL86
Radar images revealed an asteroid that passed by Earth this week has its own small moon.

Asteroid 2004 BL86 made its closest approach Monday morning at about 745,000 miles - more than three times the distance from Earth to the moon.

Scientists working with NASA's Deep Space Network antenna released the first radar images of the 1,100-foot-wide asteroid - which is orbited by a 230-foot-wide moon.

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Mysterious loud booms - attributed to 'frostquakes' - rattling North America

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Cold booms? Frost quakes? A winter-time meteorological phenomenon has scientists debating whether blasts heard across North America are, indeed, cryoseisms. Most agree that the loud, inexplicable booms are associated with cold, rainy conditions.

These ice booms have rattled houses in Georgia, caused the earth to shake in Montreal, and led law enforcement from several Oklahoma counties on an unfruitful search to locate the ruckus.

"It was this very loud boom that happened all of a sudden," Marjorie in Idaho, who asked that her last name be withheld, told RT. "My son and I went to look to see where it came from. It sounded like a door slamming very hard or something big falling down on the patio. But we couldn't find anything. We watched the news later to see if anyone knew what it was, but no one did."

"It was so loud the house shook. My kids ran in yelling, 'what was that mommy?'" Tracy Walker, of Kennesaw County, Georgia, told WAGA.

Residents in these areas thought the booms could be fireworks, gun shots, or blown transformers. But meteorologists have offered a less threatening, more fascinating explanation.

Comment: These unexplained loud booms have been increasingly reported all over the world. Mainstream science keeps trying to keep the lid on the phenomenon by explaining away such occurrences as natural, thus 'nothing to worry about'...

However, Sott.net has covered many similar stories of unexplained booms. We think that at least some of them may be the result of unseen and undetected meteors exploding upon entry into the atmosphere. Others could be due to seismic activity, specifically an electrophonic component to the thousands of small quakes reported everywhere as being on the rise.

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'Expert' explains fireball spotted near Houston, Texas


Webster - A strange fireball spotted flying slowly over the Houston area raised a lot of questions after images and videos started popping up on social media. They were posted by a Webster man named Jordan Sterling. Sterling is used to the view from his balcony but he rarely see's anything but signs and wires. "I'm always looking in the sky to try to catch something out of the ordinary," Sterling explained. Early Sunday evening that changed. "I look up in the sky and just right there in the sky," Sterling says pointing to the horizon, "is a huge fireball with a giant fire tail on it just streaking across the sky!" He grabbed his camera then rolled for three minutes as the object crawled across the horizon. "At first I thought it was a meteor but it was moving way too slow. Meteors usually go a lot faster."

Comment: Apparently this "expert" is unaware of the dramatic increase in fireballs.




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Fireball photographed over Dublin skies

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This amazing photo was captured by Graham Harkness yesterday evening.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's actually a fireball tearing across the night sky yesterday evening. This amazing photo was captured by Graham Harkness (You can view his great portfolio here) last night at about 10.30pm. Taking photos of the night sky in Dalkey, Harkness managed to capture this rare sight.

So what exactly is it?

Astronomy Ireland told TheJournal.ie, that Harkness managed to capture a rare photograph of a meteor burning up in the earth's atmosphere.

"It's definitely a fireball, it's difficult to catch a photo of it, he was very fortuitous," said David Moore of Astronomy Ireland.

By looking at sky maps, Moore estimated that the fireball in the photo is about 100 kilometres off the ground.

"It's towards the north east, unfortunately it wouldn't have made land fall in Ireland. Most likely, the drop zone could have been on the west coast of Britain, close to the border with Scotland. I would be surprised if there weren't reports on the west coast of Britain about it as it is rather bright," said Moore.

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Two meteor fireballs in one day caught on camera over Mississippi

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Knoxville - We had several calls to the WATE 6 On Your Side newsroom about a fireball spotted. Dr. Bill Cook with the Meteroid Environments Office said a meteor entered Earth's atmosphere Saturday night over Mississippi.

At 8:57 PM, an object about six inches in diameter and weighting fifteen pounds entered Earth's atmosphere southwest of Tupelo, Mississippi.

At its brightest, the fireball was as bright as the first quarter Moon. It was detected by three NASA meteor cameras at an altitude of 45 miles.

The meteor moved northeast at 54,000 miles per hour, finally burning up at an altitude of 15 miles.

Comment: WATE news outlet also published this NASA All-Sky video footage of a fireball over Alabama on January 18th:


Thing is, it can't be the same event because one was photographed during the day, the other filmed at night...


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Fireball leaves swoosh in sky over Russia's Far East

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The residents of Russia's Amur region woke up Sunday morning to notice an unusual celestial phenomenon - a shining object flying through the sky, leaving a white trail that some social media users compared to the Nike logo.

"[The trace of the alleged meteorite] looked like a trace of the plane, only bigger and much brighter," an eyewitness from the city of Belogorsk in the Amur region in Russia's Far East told the local Amur.info website. The swoosh was seen near one of the military units in the city.

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Mystery mile-wide ring in Antarctica may be crater from house-sized meteorite

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The 2km (1.24 miles) wide ring above is thought to have been caused by a meteorite that smashed into the ice.
  • German scientists spotted the 2km (1.24mile) ring on a routine survey flight
  • The scar of broken ice was found in Antarctica's King Baudoin Ice Shelf
  • Scientists believe it was made by a 7-10 m wide meteorite that hit in 2004
  • Researchers in Antarctica at the time reported seeing dust left in the sky
  • They estimated it had exploded with the force of 12,000 tonnes of TNT
  • Infrasound stations also picked up the explosion and matched the location
An enormous impact crater thought to have been created by a meteorite the size of a house smashing into Earth has been discovered in the Antarctic ice sheet.

Scientists conducting a routine aerial research flight above East Antarctica noticed a strange ring-like structure in the normally flat and featureless ice.

It appeared to be a series of broken 'icebergs' surrounded by a 2km (1.24 miles) wide circular scar, surrounded by a few other smaller circular scars in the ice.

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Mysterious booms rattle homes in Oklahoma

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A spate of mysterious booms that has been shaking central Oklahoma returned for a second day Friday, again rattling houses and frightening livestock.

Oklahoma Geological Survey research seismologist Austin Holland said a series of booms, much like a sonic boom, rattled the Norman area starting at 11:19 a.m. Friday. Numerous others had been reported Thursday in the same area at about the same time.

Friday's booms weren't "quite as frequent" as Thursday's, Holland said. "It's quite interesting."

The windows of Anthony Young's home in the town that's the outskirts of Oklahoma City rattled. "We thought some nut was out here, you know, with explosives," Young told KOCO-TV. "It sounded like thunder, you could feel the ground shake, but it was nothing like an earthquake"

Both Holland and National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Day didn't have an explanation for the booms.

Comment: See also:

Loud booms are escalating across the USA in January 2015

Meteor fireballs loud booms and strange sky sounds reported over Oklahoma