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Fireball seen over North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia

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Screenshot 2014-07-17 at 9.29.08 PM.
A meteor or fireball was spotted over North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey on Thursday night.

Many people reported seeing the bright light in the sky between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. EDT. Dan Perhar, a software developer at North Carolina University, captured it around 10:15 p.m. as he was driving on Interstate 440 in Raleigh.

He posted the short video on YouTube.

NASA Solar System Ambassador and WRAL contributor Tony Rice viewed the video. "Looking at that dashcam video it looked pretty low on the horizon. That flash may have been it breaking up," Rice posted on Twitter.

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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Is this a tornado? No, it's the smoky trail left by a meteor fireball that burned up over San Antonio, Chile

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Translated from Spanish by SOTT.net

Last Monday, at around 6 p.m, San Antonians from the region of Valparaiso started uploading pictures all over social networks of an unusual object. It was similar to a tornado, and they'd apparently first seen it between clouds.

Experts attributed it to a meteor.

At first sight, it looked like a spiral, tornado-like, thick cloud. Not having received any explanation, people began to panic.

Comment: The following report was aired the following day on local media, apparently showing the same meteor fireball leaving a glowing trail over the same city earlier that evening:



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Texans spooked as massive meteor fireball upstages Supermoon, splits in two


© David Worthington
10 minutes after the Supermoon rose over downtown Dallas...
A meteor crossed the sky over North Texas on July 12 at 9 pm, enthralling many around Dallas who watched as it split into two before its inevitable fade. From Denton to Waxahachie, from Lake Ray Roberts to Lake Tawakoni, night-sky viewers witnessed what some described as a double meteor, with two streams of blue-green light racing across the sky to the west.

Many were already watching the sky to catch what was the first perigee moon, aka Supermoon, of 2014. According to Dallas photographer David Worthington, who was lying in wait to photograph the moon against the Dallas skyline, the moon became visible at 8:55 pm. The meteor emerged less than 10 minutes later.

Midlothian resident Mike Prendergast was moon-watching with friends when they spotted what they first thought was an airplane.

Comment: Check out some eyewitnesses' reports: a LOT of people saw this one and many of them were pretty spooked. SOTT.net reader KM also sent us her description of the event:
Saturday July 12th, 2014

We were on the beach at North Padre Island Texas watching the moon, when my granddaughter & I both noticed a light screaming across the night sky. We both thought is was a plane or helicopter and then looked at each other with our mouthes open. It was too big and too fast for either. It was a round circle of light screaming across and downward across the sky. All of a sudden it changed into two lights and then was gone. It was about 9 pm. Everyone with us was looking toward the ocean & moon and the light was off to our left. No doubt it was something, but not sure what. What could this have been. We are still talking about it......


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Bird? Plane? No, it was 'definitely' a meteor across Melbourne skies

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Astronomy experts have confirmed a meteor burned across Melbourne skies last night.

Melburnians, as well as people in Gippsland, NSW and Tasmania saw the spectacular light show, which lasted about 20 seconds.
@3AW693 pic.twitter.com/VQz1f8a97G

- Matt Kearsley (@matt_kearsley) July 10, 2014
@3AW693 in Tullamarine 9.47pm pic.twitter.com/ZpRlsjXmGa

- Jan Laczynski (@YYarni) July 10, 2014
Witnessed one of the most amazing things in my life at work tonight, never thought I'd see a meteor spectacular sight #MelbourneMeteor

- Mitchell Clark (@Mitchclark18) July 10, 2014
Wow, just witnessed the amazing meteor / shooting star on way home from mums. Amazing! #melbournemeteor #melbourneshootingstar

- Lauren Clair (@lozclair) July 10, 2014
The 3AW talkback line lit up as Melburnians realised what was happening.

John told 3AW Nightline he pulled over while driving in Keilor Park to watch the light show.
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Possible meteor spotted over Southern Manitoba

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There are reports of a fireball streaking through the skies of Southern Manitoba.

Scott Young with the Manitoba Museum tells CJOB they got some calls from the Interlake just before 11 this morning.

"Saying, is there something going on? I saw this big trail of smoke in the sky and then we had a big explosion, but I didn't hear any sounds. What's with that?

Well we think what happened is a little asteroid or a big version of a meteor came into the atmosphere somewhere over Central Manitoba, and exploded."

Young says they can't pinpoint where it was yet, but they suspect it was in western Manitoba, so they're asking for anyone who saw it to let them know, so they can triangulate a location.
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Scientists worry an asteroid impact will someday be mistaken for an act of war

The graph below, titled "Known Near-Earth Asteroids," is simultaneously both terrifying and a little bit comforting. Problem is, the Y-axis on a hypothetical graph titled "Unknown Near-Earth Asteroids" would definitely extend much, much higher. Either way, we don't have a good deal of knowledge about what to do about potentially Earth-threatening asteroids, anyway.

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That much was clear back in February of last year, when a meteor struck Chelyabinsk, Russia. The meteor came, as far as NASA and other groups that track such things are concerned, from nowhere.

The fear now is that a Chelyabinsk-sized asteroid could hit a city in a war-torn or politically tense area, which would be the powder keg necessary to throw a whole region into turmoil. It may seem like a longshot, and it may seem like something not worth worrying about, but John Remo, a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics researcher would beg to differ. Remo just published a paper in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that warns that an asteroid impact could easily be seen as an act of war.

Comment: Looked at from another angle: what if, given the reality of increased cometary material in near-space and the atmosphere, the Powers That Be deliberately orchestrate wars to mask the cosmic threat? In other words, an aggressive regime might intentionally conflate a celestial object with an inter-continental ballistic missile... It's much easier to retain control so long as the little people are scared of man-made wars - incoming comets would see the powerful lose their power altogether.

The reader may enjoy Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World - Book 3 - "a ground-breaking attempt to re-connect modern science with ancient understanding that the human mind and states of collective human experience can influence cosmic and earthly phenomena."

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Meteor fireball startles the population of Chihuahua, Mexico

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© El Heraldo de Chihuahua
Last Saturday night, at 9 pm, a fireball turned the night sky into day across several towns in Chihuahua, Mexico. Eyewitnesses reported having seen the object burst into small pieces and disintegrate after having traveled for a few minutes, leaving a white, yellow, orange and green trail on its path.

In Parral, three explosions were first heard, and several calls were made to the authorities inquiring about their origin. At the same time, in San José de los Bailón, eyewitnesses stated that they had seen a fireball crossing the sky "as if if had been fireworks, except that it was travelling in a downward trajectory!".

At the time of the sighting, a primary school was celebrating a graduation, and the children and parents present gave accounts of the "magnificent light show" they had witnessed.

In yet another town, Providencia, a family observed the phenomenon. José Luis Aguirre said that "it was like a shooting star, but brighter, and we saw this extremely bright light blaze across the sky from one end to the other. It was amazing."
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Fireball over in Malaga, Granada and Seville, Spain, only 4 days after two others were observed

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© Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía
The last meteor recorded in Malaga, in 2005
On June 26th, social media networks were flooded with messages from excited eyewitnesses of a "meteor sighting" in the skies above Malaga, Granada and Seville. The next day, the sighting was confirmed by the Institute of Astrophysics in Andalucia: It was doubtlessly a meteor fireball. Unfortunately, no images were taken.

Mr. Ortiz, a scientist working for the observatory, said: "The curious thing about it is that 4 days previously, also in Malaga, two other consecutive fireballs had been observed, with similar characteristics and occurring only 16 minutes later than the latest one."
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Police camera films meteor fireball over West Midlands, UK

A camera fitted to a West Midlands Police car films the moment a bright meteor shoots through the night sky

Police car cameras are usually used to catch images of suspects, but in the early hours of Monday morning West Midlands Police captured a meteor fireball shooting across the sky.

The video clip was taken from a traffic car while it was travelling towards Junction 4 of the M42 at Shirley just after 3am.

The meteor is believed to have broken into pieces as it entered the Earth's atmosphere and was visible across Wales and the west of England.


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Kola fireball meteorites found in Russia

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© Asko Aikkila/Finnish Fireball Network
Amateur astronomer and physics teacher Asko Aikkila caught this image of the Kola fireball on videotape in Kuusamo, Finland on April 19, 2014. The picture has been processed to enhance the details.
A spectacular fireball that crackled across the sky near the Russia-Finnish border on April 19th this year left more than a bright flash. A team of meteor researchers from Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic scoured the predicted impact zone and recently discovered extraterrestrial booty.
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