Fire in the Sky


Meteor spotted over Epping, England not part of recognised shower

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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

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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.
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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

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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


Huge asteroid passes Earth nearly one year after Chelyabinsk meteorite

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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 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."

More and more raindrops keep falling on our heads: Man records meteorite falling in Maine sky, but "experts" continue to come up with ridiculous explanations

A man used his camera phone to record a giant fireball in the sky.

He's not sure what it was, but plenty of other people are willing to take a guess.

"I just happened to catch something out of the corner of my eye," Bruce York said.

He said he was just driving along Route 26 at 5 p.m., when he noticed what looked like a fireball in the sky.

He grabbed his mobile phone and started recording.

"It didn't look like anything that I've ever seen before," York said. "It didn't look like any footage I've ever seen of a meteorite or a comet. It just struck me as odd."

He captured video of the strange happening for a little more than two-and-a-half minutes.

Mysterious boom and bright flash of light in the sky raises questions across East Texas

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East Texas - A lot of East Texans are wanting answers Wednesday after a mysterious blast was heard over three counties.

Just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night, reports began to come into the KLTV 7 newsroom from Rusk, Harrison and Panola Counties of a monstrous blast that shook the ground and shot flames into the night sky.

"It was a big boom," says one Tatum resident.

"It felt as if it was a small scale earthquake," said another.

"An explosion and a big bright light," said another.

From Hallsville to Longview to Tatum, East Texans say they heard a huge explosion, then the ground began to shake.

"I thought it was thunder but it did not sound like thunder. It was a big loud boom, like it was an explosion," says Tatum resident Arely Ramos.

Many discounted a transformer blowing.

"It wasn't a transformer or Eastman flare thing going off, because we're used to hearing that. It literally shook our house. Shook it pretty hard, enough to startle all of us," says Hallsville homeowner Danielle Walker.

HAZMAT called to explosion that rocked upstate South Carolina homes

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Deputies are investigating reports of an explosion that rocked residents Friday night.

Dispatchers told FOX Carolina that the calls started coming into their call center around 10 p.m.

People in Chesnee, Gaffney, Pacolet, SC and Grover, NC all reported to FOX Carolina that they felt and heard an explosion.

Lt. Tony Ivey with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said a firefighter in Chesnee noticed a small area next to the roadway that appeared to be the site of an explosion.

An investigator from the Hazardous Devices Unit responded to Henderson Road near Turkey Farm Road to investigate.

Robbie Buhl lives three miles from Henderson Road and felt his house shake and heard a loud boom Friday night. He said it's happened many times before and wants someone to figure out what's going on.