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Loud boom over New Zealand district most likely a meteor

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A lightning-like flash in the sky and then a loud bang experienced in Wanganui yesterday morning was likely a bolide.

Arthur Harris of St John's Hill said it was 6.20am when he saw the flash.

"An orange light was in the sky, and then the bomb went off. It was like an explosion."

A similar light was also seen in Christchurch and Dunedin according to reports on weatherwatch.co.nz.

Mark Lee of the Wanganui Astronomical Society said the light was a bolide, the name for a large, brilliant meteor, especially one that explodes.

Mr Lee said they were more common than people thought and could be a meteor, or space junk that had become too hot. "It doesn't explode, it is just disintegrating."

He said material only has to be the size of a refrigerator to be seen and heard.

Source: Wanganui Chronicle
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Residents in Sri Lanka see shiny object in skies, hear loud noise

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Photo used for representational purposes.
Authorities are investigating into reports that a bright light had been seen over the skies in the Anuradhapura district around 8 p.m. today accompanied by a loud sound, sources said.

However, it was not yet clear whether it was a meteorite or any other object.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre said they received a large number of inquiries from residents from the Dambulla to Seruwila stretch about a mysterious light in the sky.

The DMC said that they had alerted the Security Forces and Police about the complaints they received.
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Propaganda Alert: Japanese military's new space unit will defend space junk 'fourth battlefield'

© Credit: NASA
An illustration of the cloud of debris in low-Earth orbit.
Japan's military could be extending its reach into space, with the country planning to develop a new force by 2019 to monitor the growing amount of space junk in orbit.

The initiative, which aims to protect satellites from being damaged by orbital debris, is also designed to boost cooperation in space between Japan and the United States, reported AFP. Both countries have emphasized the need to address the troubling cloud of debris in low-Earth orbit, with unnamed Japanese sources calling space the "fourth battlefield," according to the Tokyo-based Kyodo news agency.

Millions of pieces of man-made debris crowd a region of low-Earth orbit high above the planet's atmosphere. These pieces of space junk range from spent rocket bodies to discarded nuts and bolts to tiny flecks of paint. Left unmonitored, these bits of space trash could collide with satellites and other spacecraft, including the International Space Station.

Comment: What should be more "troubling" is the recent huge increase of cometary activity! Is all the sudden hype about '"space junk" a convenient, plausible explanation to cover up the inconvenient fact that our planet is being subjected to cometary fragment bombardment?

Our immediate cosmic environment IS probably littered with junk left there by certain governments who live by the maxim that the means justify the ends. But it is the height of denial to buy into the notion that all these reports of fireballs we've been collecting are man-made objects. This 'space junk' theme is starting to smell strangely like 'anthropogenic global warming', which provides a plausible - but 'not even wrong' - cover story for Earth changes.

Read Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk's new book, Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.

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Meteor fireball photographed above Cheltenham, England

Fireball over Cheltenham
© Gloucestershire Echo
Can you help solve the mystery of this phenomenon seen in the skies above Cheltenham on Sunday. We were contacted by Jess on twitter who posted the picture of the 'fireball'.

She said: "Was a big flash then looked like something falling on fire, happened last night.

"The picture was taken from Benhall lookin towards glos/tewks. I zoomed in on it on my camera for a few shots."

Did you see it? What could it be?
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Fireball explodes over Alabama

On Saturday night, August 2nd, NASA meteor cameras detected a fireball that exploded in a flash of light many times brighter than the Moon. It came not from the Perseid debris stream, but rather from the vicinity of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Watch the movie, then read on for more information:


"The meteoroid was about 15 inches in diameter and weighed close to 100 lbs," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "Travelling 47,000 miles per hour, it broke apart in a brilliant flash of light above the Alabama town of Henagar. Our cameras continued to track a large fragment until it disappeared 18 miles above Gaylesville, located near Lake Weiss close to the Georgia state line.

Comment: Possibly the same fireball in following video capture also from Saturday 2. August in Alabama:



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Sky gazers spot meteor in sky over Perth, Western Australia on Monday morning

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© The Desert Fireball Network (Curtin University), and Badgingarra Primary School
The 'fireball' seen across the Perth sky about 6am on Monday. Taken with a fish-eye lens.
A expert says the size and brightness of a meteor seen flashing across the Perth sky on Monday morning indicates it could have made it to earth.

There were a number of similar reports from across the metropolitan area of a blue/green light flashing across the morning sky shortly before sunrise.

The flash was caught on one of a number of cameras set up as part of the Desert Fireball Network, set up to photograph such astronomical events.

Curtin Faculty of Science Engineering Professor Phil Bland said the light captured on the camera was "really bright", indicating that it could have been a "decent-sized rock".

He said about 20 per cent of meteors made it to land without burning up.

Professor Bland said researchers would look at the images in more detail to find out more information.
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Fireballs over Texas - two meteor events July 26 & 27


Two interesting events last night and this morning on my allsky cams on the Sandia Sentinel TX station allsky cams.

First at 07:27:18 UT was a very bright fireball just to my north that lit up the sky. It appears to have come in at a Very steep angle.

Second was a double meteor, also to my north, at 11:08:56 UT.

I'm also including data from the Very low Light integrating cam of the fireball for trajectory reference.

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Green fireball spotted over England

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A Leonid meteor during the peak of Leonids in 2009.
A bright green light "travelling faster than any plane" was seen in the sky above Norfolk at 11pm on Sunday night.

A reader from Upper Stoke, near Poringland, "saw a really bright green light - which seemed to be torpedo-shaped, travelling across the sky towards Norwich, at great speed but absolutely silently.

"I could see it travelling through and above the clouds as I could see cloud beneath the light. It vanished completely after about three seconds."

"It was travelling faster than any plane I have seen and was so bright I initially thought firework but it was a) too high; b) there were no other fireworks and c) it made no noise or explosion.
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Fireball flashes across Calgary sky

Fireball Over Calgary
© Calgary Herald
The Rothney Observatory posted this photo to its Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, saying the object in the bottom-left corner is a fireball over Calgary.
Some Albertans who were up early Tuesday were treated to a rare sight when a fireball lit up the night sky.

The Rothney Observatory reports that a fireball - which is larger than a meteor - was seen at 1:24 a.m. Tuesday.

"They're so bright that if you're standing, you'll see your shadow, just like in the daytime," said Dr. Phil Langill, who directs the University of Calgary observatory.

A meteor is a small rock from outer space that burns up as it enters Earth's atmosphere. Langill said a fireball is even larger.

"Essentially they're the same thing; it's just a matter of scale," he said.

Scores of people took to Twitter and emailed the Herald about the sudden flash of light.

Jesse Shan was on his south-facing Marda Loop balcony when he saw what appeared to be cloudless lightning just southeast of the city.

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Fireball seen over Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginina


Initial Meteor Sighting Reports:


18JUL2014 Ashley Franklin Ohio 5:03 am est 6 E Bright Green followed by red flame very bright fire balls falling off I've seen shooting stars/comets before but never seen nothing like we just saw this morning. My fiance said omg what the heck is that I look up and see a huge bright green ball falling from the sky. It was pretty cool to see

18JUL2014 Genia Bloomington, Indiana USA 5:00:00 10 Eastern sky traveling left to right Blue and red tail bright white head Brighter then the moon No It was so brilliant and colorful.

18JUL2014 j. duke marietta, ohio 500 3 seconds Facing SW Direction of travel W to E about 30 deg RA only lost sight because of obstructions to view green with yellow halo and tail no other heavenly bodies for comparison. not as bright as the sun or moon but quite visable. Looked as a firework. single object I was returning home from work. Stopped at a traffic light. Checking for cross-traffic I observed the object, and watched as it passed veiwable area between buildings.

Comment: As the chart below vividly shows, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of reported fireballs for the last 2 years.



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