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Risk of asteroid impacts may be more common than expected

Rather than expecting an impact every 150 years, researchers believe the risks could be ten times greater.

Researchers warn that the risk of space rocks, like the one that exploded over Russia in February 2013, hitting the Earth is ten times larger than previously estimated.

Using videos from security and dashboard cameras, researchers were able to reconstruct the asteroid and its trajectory through the atmosphere.

Three separate papers out this week agree that the asteroid, which caused an intense flash of blinding light at daybreak on Feb. 15 near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, was nearly twice as heavy as earlier estimated and had the explosive power of 500,000 tons of TNT.

"Luckily, most of the kinetic energy was absorbed by the atmosphere," said Jiri Borovicka, an asteroid researcher at the Astronomical Institute near Prague and lead author on a study published in Nature. "A more solid rock that might have blasted closer to the ground would have caused considerably more damage."

According to Borovicka, the asteroid approached the Earth from a region in the sky that is inaccessible to ground telescopes. The asteroid should have been visible six weeks before the impact, but only during the day, when the sky is too bright to spot objects of its size.

Comment: Don't rely on the psychopathic elites informing the general public of any impending catastrophe from earth bound space rocks. See also: Military hush up: Incoming space rocks now classified

Sequester shuts down space surveillance system

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Fireball in Puerto Rico caught on camera

A huge meteor was seen in Puerto Rico in the early evening of Tuesday, February 18th. The space rock was filmed at the moment it penetrated the atmosphere.

© Sociedad de Astronomía del Caribe
The fireball was seen from several towns in Puerto Rico and even from the Dominican Republic
The Sociedad de Astronomía del Caribe (SAC) released information that shortly after 7:02 p.m., it had received witness reports from different Puerto Rican towns describing a "greenish fireball that left a trail as it traveled down from the sky."

The SAC explained that the green color many witnesses saw suggests that the meteor contained nickel, a mineral frequently present in space rocks, since they are highly metallic and contain iron.

The SAC pointed out that those who had seen the meteor fall with their own eyes would have perceived it as bigger than it shows in video footage, since cameras use a lens with a wide angle, which zooms out away from the visible objects in order to cover a wider area in the sky.

Even though the video shows that it occurred at 6:58 p.m., the SCA explained that the cameras were 4 minutes behind. Therefore, the event is determined to have taken place at 7:02 p.m.

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Fireball seen over Puerto Rico

Translated from Spanish by SOTT.net

A greenish meteor was observed yesterday night from different areas of the island.


© El Nuevo Día
A green meteor, similar to the one in this picture, was seen in Puerto Rico
A greenish fireball was seen yesterday night from different towns in all corners of the island.

The meteor was spotted at around 7:05pm from San Juan, Isabela, Ponce, Arecibo, Rincón y Barceloneta, among other towns, said Eddie Irizarry, President of the Caribean Astronomy Society (SAC for its initials in Spanish).

"Many people described it as having a green tone to it, and being very bright," said Irizarry regarding the reports that the SAC had received about this fireball's sightings.

He added that, judging from the reports, "it must have been a big rock".
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Meteor spotted over Epping, England not part of recognised shower

Daniel
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Daniel Bagan-Jones was driving in High Street, Epping, when the object caught his eye.
A stargazer has described spotting "huge green fireball" in the sky over Epping as a meteor flew close to the earth.

Daniel Bagan-Jones, 45, was travelling in a car with his wife in High Street, Epping, at 6:30pm on Saturday when the object caught his eye.

He said: "It was like a bright green slash, like a fireball.

"My immediate thought was that it was a firework only it was coming down instead of going up before burning out completely - that's when we realised it was a meteor.

"Seeing one on our way to Tesco was unexpected - anyone going down the M11 would have seen it - my wife thought it was the end of the world.

"I'm interested in astronomy so I checked online and noticed that others had seen the same."

It transpired that there had also been various sightings across the country, including Norfolk, Plymouth, Cheshire, Bristol and Cardiff.

The fireball was classified as "sporadic" as it didn't belong to any known meteor shower. The meteor traveled at a speed of 16.3 km per second and started to burn up in the atmosphere at an altitude of 86.3km. The full event lasted 4.4 seconds and the meteor covered distance of 47.7km within the earth's atmosphere.
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Overhead Bolide Explosion: Rosario, Argentina: shook several towns

Translated from Spanish by SOTT.net


Update: On this other article, a very similar report is provided. However, an important detail is added, given that previously, nobody claimed having seen any "lights":

"A local farmer riding his horse at that time later called the radio channel El Trébol and gave his testimony. He said that from the field, he was able to see a blinding light coming from the sky, and right after he heard the explosion."


A loud explosion was heard and strong tremors were felt today in at least seven towns in the center and West of Santa Fe province, Argentina. "We heard an explosion and windows shook", said witnesses in Cañada de Gómez. The Astronomical Observatory affirmed that it had been "a fireball which disintegrated in the air". There were no reports of wounded victims or damages.
Chielabinsk
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Last year's meteorite fall in Chyelabinsk, Russia. An unforgettable event.
Some say that the earth shook. Others use it as an excuse to skip school. But whatever the reaction, the fact is that this morning Santa Fe's central and Western areas were shaken by this alleged explosion.
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Scientists probe meteor link to Argentina explosion

Buenos Aires' Planetarium
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A view of Buenos Aires' Planetarium on March 31, 2012.
Buenos Aires - Scientists said Tuesday that a meteor crashing to earth could explain reports of an explosion in the Argentine countryside some 350 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires.

The loud boom was reported at 10 am (1300 GMT) in Argentina's central-eastern province of Santa Fe.

"It's possible it was a meteor," said Andrea Clerici of the Buenos Aires Planetarium, speaking to local television.

Authorities have not yet found any meteor fragments, but "it is possible that the orb disintegrated in the air," astronomer Jorge Coghlan of the Santa Fe Astronomical Observatory told local radio.

Residents in the area who reported hearing a loud explosion Tuesday said that the ground and also buildings shook.
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Meteorite blasts hole in roof of Oslo house, 6 February 2014

© Geir Barstein
Translated by SOTT.net

Driven by irritation due to a possible water leak, 6 February Steinar Engh (69) took a ladder to the roof. What he discovered was extremely rare and unexpected: A meteorite had smashed a hole in the villa on Korsvolltoppen outside Oslo.

Experts reviews speak of a sensation. They only know of three previous cases where meteorites have hit an inhabited house in this country.

- I noticed that large icicles on the ceiling of the terrace had formed, and thought that it was water leaking down from the upstairs neighbour's porch on the second floor. I climbed up the ladder and found a hole in the floor. Next to it was a small stone, says Engh.

Engh threw the stone out on the lawn. 69-year-old first assumed it was some rubble from blasting from a quarry had caused the damage, and called for a plumber. A hole was punched through a metal plate and woodwork that make up the porch floor, but the foundation of the roof of the terrace below was still intact.

Comment: "Extremely" rare?

12 March 2012: Meteorite chunk falls on Oslo

14 March 2012: Another meteorite found in Oslo

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Huge asteroid passes Earth nearly one year after Chelyabinsk meteorite

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© AFP/Mark A. Garlick
A massive asteroid is scheduled to make its way past Earth Monday night. Scientists advise it will not make contact with our planet, while amateur astronomers will be able to watch its flight online.

The space-rock known officially as 2000 EM26 passed over Earth Monday night at 02:00 GMT February 18 (21:00 EST). Scientists estimated that it was 270 meters (885 feet) in diameter, roughly equivalent to three football fields, and soared through the stars at a whopping 12.37 km/s (27,000 mph).

At its closest point, the asteroid was approximately 8.8 lunar distances from the Earth's surface. One lunar distance is roughly 383,022.92 kilometers (238,000 miles), meaning asteroid 2000 EM26 was a mere 3,370,601.696 kilometers (2,094,400 miles) away.

"We continue to discover these potentially hazardous asteroids - sometimes only days before they make their close approaches to Earth," wrote Slooh's technical and researcher Paul Cox in a statement Monday. "Slooh's asteroid research campaign is gathering momentum with Slooh members using the Slooh robotic telescopes to monitor this huge population of potentially hazardous space rocks. We need to find them before they find us!"
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Meteorite lands in Danish schoolyard

Mystery continues to surround the landing of a strange rock in the grounds of Rygaards school in Hellerup late last month.

It was a case of hold that front page as fully 50 Year 4 children from the international department of Rygaards School descended upon the offices of The Copenhagen Post on the morning of Friday January 31.

But they were too late, as we had already gone to print. If only, in the immortal words of Aqua, we could turn back time.

Armed with their pens, notepads and fearsome interview techniques, the intrepid reporters of the future first lay siege to managing editor Ben Hamilton (that would be me) with an onslaught of questions. Whoa, we thought you were the ones with the story!

And then it was down to business. A suspect rock, possibly a meteorite, had landed in their school's grounds. They had the eye-witness accounts, the details and the expert opinions - all this humble scribe needed to do was thread it all into a news story and nail it onto that front page. No pressure at all.
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Loud boom shakes homes in Oregon, no USGS earthquake reports: What was it?

Dozens of people from Lincoln County to Tillamook County reported hearing a loud boom and feeling the ground shake earlier today. Beaver resident Josh Sisco said he felt it.

"Twice and I assumed it was a sonic boom," Sisco posted on thenewsguard.com Facebook page.

Lincoln City Police said they took only two calls, one from Neskowin and the other from a person at 14th Street in Lincoln City, both reporting a boom and ground shaking. Several people have posted comments on The News Guard's sister publication in Tillamook, The Headlight Herald:

"It shook the house," wrote Heather Hurliman.

"Yes, I live in Netarts, and and went running out to see what it was only to find nothing," wrote Ken Hawes. "I felt the house shake as well. It was more of a rumble."

"We heard it here in Rockaway," wrote Racheal Young. "It was loud and shook the house."
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