Fire in the Sky


Massive meteor fireball witnessed in Thailand, explosions heard

© Porjai Jaturongkhakun / YouTube
A massive fireball, believed to be a meteorite, has fallen on Thailand. Awestruck commuters witnessed the spectacle, describing a green and orange glow, as it took a nosedive toward Earth.

The event took place during the morning rush hour at about 8:45am local time in Bangkok, although the meteor did not make an audible sound as it struck the ground.

Fireball 4

Over fifty reports of fireball visible over English Channel

The American Meteor Society and the International Meteor Association received over 50 reports so far about a fireball event over the English Channel on August 30th 2015 around 19:30UT. Observers from as far center of France reported seeing a bright light in the sky. Below is a heat map of the witness reports.
The preliminary estimated trajectory plotted from the witness reports shows the meteor was traveling from the south east to the north west and ended its (visible) flight few miles south of Brighton, UK.

Fireball 5

Sott Exclusive: Meteor fireball explodes over eastern Turkey, sending shower of meteorites to the ground

Location of meteor fireball sighting over eastern Turkey readers in Turkey are reporting that a meteor fireball lit up the night sky over the eastern city of Bingöl on September 2nd, 2015 at about 23:06 local time. The meteor appears to have exploded nearby because local residents later found what they believe to be meteorites. Several online Turkish news sites have picked up on the incident. The date and time-stamp on the following security camera footage appears to be correct:

Fireball 2

2 large fireballs impact in Qazvin Province, Iran

METEOR: Locals say two asteroids hit northern Iran
Witnesses say a large fireball was seen in the sky before crashing in Avaj in the Qazvin province of the country.

Mohammad Ali Ahani, director of Iran's Qazvin Crisis Management organisation, confirmed to the media that a large rock hit on July 31.

Rock pieces are also thought to have hit the area of Eshtehard, in the Alborz province, according to a local governor.

The American Meteor Society claims it has data of two meteors hitting norther Iran

Fireball 2

Did a bright fireball crash to earth close to Ashbourne in the UK?


Did a bright meteor crash to earth close to Ashbourne last night? STOCK PHOTO
The News Telegraph has been contacted by reader Michelle Brooks to find out if anyone else saw a possible meteorite crash to earth last night.

Michelle said she saw a bright, fast moving fireball streak across the night skies close to Waterhouses.

She said: "It happened about 11.20pm.

"My front room window faces directly North and I guess the position was NNE .

"t was low and the 'ball' disappeared behind a rooftop the tail disappeared very quickly as normal.

"From my perspective I'd say it was football sized not a tiny pin prick we usually see.

"It was also very low indeed, not far from horizon when it disappeared from my view behind a rooftop in the distance."


156 years ago today - the biggest geomagnetic storm ever recorded

© Irish Times
© Royal Astronomical Society
Sunspots sketched by Richard Carrington on Sept. 1, 1859.
On Sept. 2nd, 1859 a billion-ton coronal mass ejection (CME) slammed into Earth's magnetic field. Campers in the Rocky Mountains woke up in the middle of the night, thinking that the glow they saw was sunrise. No, it was the Northern Lights. People in Cuba read their morning paper by the red illumination of aurora borealis. Earth was peppered by particles so energetic, they altered the chemistry of polar ice.

At 11:18 AM on the cloudless morning of Thursday, September 1, 1859, 33-year-old Richard Carrington—widely acknowledged to be one of England's foremost solar astronomers—was in his well-appointed private observatory. Just as usual on every sunny day, his telescope was projecting an 11-inch-wide image of the sun on a screen, and Carrington skillfully drew the sunspots he saw.

On that morning, he was capturing the likeness of an enormous group of sunspots. Suddenly, before his eyes, two brilliant beads of blinding white light appeared over the sunspots, intensified rapidly, and became kidney-shaped. Realizing that he was witnessing something unprecedented and "being somewhat flurried by the surprise," Carrington later wrote, "I hastily ran to call someone to witness the exhibition with me. On returning within 60 seconds, I was mortified to find that it was already much changed and enfeebled." He and his witness watched the white spots contract to mere pinpoints and disappear.

It was 11:23 AM. Only five minutes had passed.

This map shows where auroras were sighted in the early hours of Sept. 2, 1859
Just before dawn the next day, skies all over planet Earth erupted in red, green, and purple auroras so brilliant that newspapers could be read as easily as in daylight. Indeed, stunning auroras pulsated even at near tropical latitudes over Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, El Salvador, and Hawaii.

As the day unfolded, the gathering storm electrified telegraph lines, shocking technicians and setting their telegraph papers on fire. The "Victorian Internet" was knocked offline. Magnetometers around the world recorded strong disturbances in the planetary magnetic field for more than a week. Even when telegraphers disconnected the batteries powering the lines, aurora-induced electric currents in the wires still allowed messages to be transmitted.


Incoming? Police unable to identify 'loud boom' that resonated over Karachi, Pakistan

An air of panic gripped residents of Karachi on Tuesday night when a loud boom resonated across the city. Even after hours of investigation by police and rescue services neither was able to ascertain the location nor the cause.

The loud boom occurred at about 10:15 PM and was heard in Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Baldia town and even by journalists present at the Karachi Press Club.

Rescue teams and police were unable to locate where the explosion took place nor were they able to find any evidence of an explosion.

Comment: In due time perhaps news outlets will catch on that such loud booms with no identifiable source could in all likelihood be overhead explosions caused by meteorites. Was this the case in this instance? We may never know, but the phenomenon continues to appear regularly the world over.


Unusual streaks of light seen in Hawaii skies

© Reed Shook
Many residents across the state observed unusual streaks of light or a "fireball" over Hawaiian skies late Sunday night, raising questions about what it could possibly be.

People from Kona to Oahu's North Shore thought it was a meteor or government experiment. Turns out, it was just junk. Space junk. An abandoned Russian spy satellite -- the Cosmos 1315 -- which launched in 1981 fell to earth, burning up as it did.

"When it starts to re-enter the atmosphere its going about 18,000 miles an hour," says University of Hawaii astronomer Richard Wainscoat, "A lot of it is going to get vaporized but if there are really big pieces then some of them may make it down to the earth's surface."

Wainscoat actually missed the spectacular event.
"I'm pretty annoyed that I was asleep when this happened."

The sighting also created a lot of buzz on the Hawaii News Now Facebook page with dozens of users posting videos and photos of the curious event.

© Nuran Dada

Comment: See also:

Fireball 4

Early morning fireball over St. George, Utah

© Stock image/St. George News
St. George — Reports came in to the Utah Highway Patrol Cedar City Dispatch Center Friday describing a fireball streaking across the sky south of SunRiver St. George just before 7:30 a.m.

A fireball occurs when a meteor enters Earth's atmosphere and burns brightly before being consumed by the fire, and is defined by the American Meteor Society as an object that is brighter than the planet Venus.

The American Meteor Society received reports from three observers in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona, and Pahrump, Nevada, of a fireball about the same time as the Southern Utah sighting. San Diego-based Robert Lunsford, the report coordinator for the AMS, said it was probably the same object, but it likely burned up in the atmosphere before hitting the ground.

Comet 2

Bright meteor seen from Puerto Rico

A bright meteor was seen from Puerto Rico on the night of August 20, according to Sociedad de Astronomía del Caribe (SAC). The largest astronomy organization on the Caribbean Island says the meteor was seen at about 9:30 p.m. local time. "We got reports from the north and west side of the Island, but it is possible the meteor was also seen from other areas of Puerto Rico, SAC said.