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Meteor fireball blazes through the Labrador sky

© Via twitter@Eddymckay55
"seen this when I was up in the woods by South Brook NL it's in three pieces in the picture, if you look."
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a meteor!


Social media was abuzz Thursday as many Newfoundland and Labrador residents reported seeing what seems to be a meteor.

While the possible meteor was spotted in several areas of the province, Jamie Hickey of Muskrat Falls managed to record some video, which was uploaded to YouTube by meteorologist Eddie Sheerr.

But some people were skeptical about dubbing the burst of light as an official meteor.

One Twitter user called it "space junk," while another mused it might be a UFO.

Whatever it turns out to be, meteor sightings are not all that uncommon in the province.

Meteor showers peak during the August Perseids and December Geminids, the latter of which just occurred between Dec. 13-14 this year.

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Fireball meteor seen over Henry County, Georgia

© NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page
NASA cameras tracked the fireball to an altitude of 17 miles above the town of Locust Grove.
If you find an odd-looking "rock" in the Locust Grove area of Henry County, it might just be part of a meteor that came hurtling toward Earth at nearly 30,000 mph Thursday night.

Officials with NASA have confirmed that a fireball spotted over the south metro skies just after sunset Thursday was a meteor entering the Earth's atmosphere.

"We have received numerous reports concerning a bright fireball that occurred over Georgia at 6:33 p.m.," space agency officials said in a posting on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page. "All 6 NASA all sky meteor cameras in the southeast picked up the meteor at an altitude of 50 miles above McDonough."

Officials estimated the fireball was caused by a piece of an asteroid weighing at least 150 pounds, moving at a speed of 29,000 mph.

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Mystery fireball seen falling from sky in Brevard County, Florida

File photo
A mysterious, fiery object falling from the sky was reported in Brevard County, prompting authorities to launch a search, officials said.

Nothing was found after 911 callers reported seeing a fiery object falling to the ground.

The calls were received about 7 a.m. Thursday, with reports of the mysterious object striking the area near the Interstate 95 onramp on the southbound side of Palm Bay Road.

Palm Bay Fire Rescue crews and police searched the area but found nothing.

A check with Melbourne International Airport also turned up no information about the mysterious object., News 6 partner Florida Today reported.


NASA cameras film fireball seen from Madison, South Carolina

© NASA Meteoroid Environment Office
A bright light seen in the skies from Madison County early Tuesday morning actually originated more than 300 miles away.

WAAY 31 viewers reported seeing the bright fireball in the sky from Madison Tuesday morning.

The fireball was captured by one of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office's cameras at 4:27 a.m. as it passed over South Carolina.

Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office said the object was an estimated 4-5 inches in diameter and probably weighed about five pounds.

You can watch the video below:


Series of Geminid meteor fireballs filmed in New South Wales, Australia

© Clearskiestv
Geminid fireballs
Geminid Meteor Shower fireballs 2015

Peak of the Gemini Meteor Shower 2015 from Kiama, Australia.

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Meteor fireball leaves huge plume as it streaks across Swedish skies - 14th December 2015

© kootallica/Youtube (screen capture)
Raw video of something in the sky over Stockholm, Sweden! (Ball of fire? Jet stream?) Will update with more information if it becomes available. Video taken on 2015-12-14 in Stockholm, Sweden. *** Excuse the shakiness of the video, I was not expecting to see this 'fireball' at all and was quite taken by surprise! *** ((UPDATE: Object may have been part of the 'Geminids' meteor shower, more info at this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geminids Still no verification of what was in the area at that time, will continue to update if more info becomes available. Very incredible to see LIVE! : )

Time of occurrence: around 14:36 (02:36 PM)

Comment: See also: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - November 2015: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World - Book 3 by Pierre Lescaudron
and Laura Knight-Jadczyk

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Comet Catalina experiences magnetic storm

© Michael Jäger
Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina
There is currently a magnetic storm hitting Comet Catalina.

The storm is clearly visible in the sinuous blue ion tail of C/2013 US10 as giant blobs of plasma are forming as shown in this awesome picture captured by Michael Jäger on December 11, 2015.

Plasma blobs in comet´s tails are a sign of stormy space weather which frequently form in response to CMEs and gusts of solar wind.

In extreme cases, a comet's tail can be completely torn off.

As during terrestrial geomagnetic storms, magnetic fields around a comet bump into oppositely-directed magnetic fields in a CME.

The resulting burst of magnetic energy can make waves, blobs, or even ruptures in the comet's tail. In contrast, when CMEs hit Earth amazing, they power amazing aurora borealis or australis.


Mystery boom rattles Bryan, Ohio; residents report smoke, sulphur smell

Several people reported hearing an explosion Thursday afternoon in Bryan, but nobody knows what it was. The calls started coming in around 12:40 p.m. according to dispatcher Dana Andrews.

Windows rattled on South Beech Street and South Lynn Street smelled like smoke and sulfur. People reported hearing the boom on East Wilson Street, Walnut Street and Parkview Avenue.

Comment: It's likely the explosion and shaking followed by a smoke and sulphur smell was caused by a space rock exploding in our atmosphere. There are plenty more where this one came from. See: Forget About Global Warming: We're One Step From Extinction!
Chelyabinsk. Meteor Smells

A group of four observers of the Leonid meteor shower of 1833 reported a peculiar odour, "like sulphur or onions."

It was thought that "This apparent transmission of smells at the speed of light could be explained if they were due to nitrous oxide or ozone produced by an electric discharge." (Ozone [O3] a gas. From the Greek, ozein, for smell). Observers of the Texas fireball of 1 October 1917 also reported the odour of sulphur and burning powder as it passed.

A possible explanation is suggested by the following Chelyabinsk observer reports.

Field survey reports of smells were concentrated in the area surrounding the fireball trajectory. After an initial strong burst, the smells continued for a few hours. The eastern edge of this area coincides with the eastern edge of the glass damaged area. Arkhangel'skoe is the most western village where smells were reported. It is situated near the western edge of the glass damaged area. Fourteen villages reported similar smells, with nearly all described as a sulphur smell, a burning smell, or a smell similar to that of gunpowder.

These smells may have originated from the decomposition of Troilite (FeS), an iron sulphide mineral named after Domenico Troili, who first noted it in a meteorite that fell at Albareto, Modena, Italy in 1766. Troilite is one of the main components of the Chelyabinsk meteorite. Some burning smells may also have been caused locally when the shockwave dispersed soot from flues and stoves.

Respondents in Emanzhelinka, immediately under the fireball trajectory, also reported an ozone smell, similar to the smell after a thunderstorm. Ozone, with nitrogen oxides as by products, may have been produced in the immediate surroundings of the fireball by Ultra-Violet (UV-B λ= 290-320 nm wavelength) radiation from the meteor. This reinforces reports about sunburn caused by UV radiation from the fireball.

Source: Engineering and Technology Wiki

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Bright meteor fireball seen over Spain on 4th December 2015

© SMART Project (screen capture)
Bright fireball recorded by the meteor observing stations operated by Prof. J. M. Madiedo at La Sagra, La Hita and Sevilla astronomical observatories. The event took place at 22h0m UT (23h09m local time).

Comment: Other meteor fireballs observed over Spain recently include:

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Meteor fireball filmed over southern England

Fireball M20151208_225420 from Ash Vale K3

Fireball spotted by the public on 8 December at 22:54:20 with visible brake up