Fire in the Sky


Exploding meteor filmed over Slovakia and Hungary


Meteor burns up in the sky, creating a flash of light shortly before dusk in eastern Slovakia
The spectacular moment a meteor plummets towards a city in Slovakia before dissolving in a flash of light has been captured on camera.

The 'out-of-this-world' action was spotted by hundreds of worried people in the eastern part of Slovakia shortly before dusk on April 6 - who feared the asteroid would crash into their homes.

Lasting only a few seconds, the clip shows the meteor racing rapidly towards earth.

A split second later there is a flash of a fireball, before the bright yellow light quickly disintegrates and disappears.

It was filmed and uploaded to YouTube by a user called NikoLas Vegas, who said he was initially concerned the object would have crash-landed onto earth when he saw it at 7.34pm local time.


Mystery explosion 'shook the night' for residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota


A loud boom shook the night for a number of people in Sioux Falls - and authorities are at a loss for what might have caused it.

According to police, a "loud sound of explosion" was heard Friday morning at 12:27 a.m. Police received 17 calls of a loud noise that caused houses to shake. Numerous officers around the city also reported hearing the sound. While the noise appears to have focused in the western part of town, KSFY News has received reports of the sound being heard in both central and eastern areas, as well.

A majority of the calls came from the area of 9th Street and Valley View Road, police say. The Sioux Falls Police Department and the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to the area but were not able to locate the source of the sound at this time. It is still unclear whether the noise actually centered in that area.

Comment: Though "mystery booms" have been shaking the world for years local officials are still called in to deal with the problem, and end up dismissing it when they can find no evidence of criminal activity. As SOTT has been saying year after year, these are more than likely overhead meteor explosions. Check out:
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Big fireball over Puerto Rico

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A huge fireball was seen over the skies of Puerto Rico early last night.


Fireball over Puerto Rico - April 3, 2015
The Astronomical Society of the Caribbean (SAC) reported that it was a space rock that disintegrated over our skies around 7:42 pm last Friday.

"We received reports from one end to another throughout the island, as many observers were able to see it from towns like Rincon, Ponce, San Juan, and even Vieques," said SAC.

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Fireball over Cordoba, Spain - March 31st, 2015

Fireball recorded over Cordoba on March 31st, 2015. The event was produced by a fragment from a comet.

Comment: This is a different fireball from the one seen over Toledo on March 30, 2015:

Fireball passes over the province of Toledo, Spain

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Fireball passes over the province of Toledo, Spain


Second fireball over Toledo in less than one month.
A fireball travelling at 45,000 kilometres per hour was seen from the province of Toledo this week - the second time this year.

The burning rock, a chunk of an asteroid, flew through the skies above the central region of Castilla-La Mancha at 04.39hrs on Monday, say astronomers from the observatory in La Hita, near Toledo.

It was about 26 kilometres up from the ground when it was first spotted, having firstly sailed across the horizon over nearby Espinosa del Rey at 85 kilometres up.


Fireball streaks across California's Bay Area

© Howard Edin, Oklahoma City Astronomy Club
Example of a typical fireball.
From Concord to Davis, and as far south as Palo Alto, seven sky watchers spotted a fireball streaking across the sky Monday night after 8 p.m., burning in oranges, yellows, and even purples before fragmenting and disintegrating overhead.

Spring is "fireball" season when a 30 percent increase in meteors is observed around earth, and Monday night's reports of a fireball over the Bay Area are exactly what NASA and astronomers hope to track.

"Forrest L" in Concord reported to the American Meteor Society, "This was the brightest meteor I can recall having seen. It passed about a hand span or two from the moon and seemed brighter. I could not tell if it 'burned out' or disappeared behind the clouds. My first sight of it was directly overhead, and fully bright, not faded-in as most meteors do, so I believe it started behind me. It moved much faster than an airplane."

"Greg M" in Martinez wrote in, "I ran into the house to tell everyone to get away from the windows."

Some reported hearing a sound, while most others heard nothing, but many saw a burning trail of cosmic debris.

NASA's Alex Kasprak writing for Science@NASA and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center explains the March-April "Fireball Season" saying, "The reason why is still unknown, but one hypothesis is that more space debris litters this section of Earth's orbit. In search of the answer, NASA scientists set up a network of ground cameras that track and record video of meteors flaming overhead. The footage can be used to pinpoint a meteor's orbit and origin. Watch the video to learn more."

Comment: Perseids, Lyrids, Geminids, Leonids, Draconids, Orionids, Aquarids, Taurids -Meteor showers in 2015


Fireball lights up sky over Nova Scotia

People across Nova Scotia took to social media Tuesday after seeing a ball of fire in the night sky.

Astronomer David Lane, director of the observatory at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, said it was likely a bright meteor called a fireball.

He said that while they are not rare, they do usually pass by in the middle of the night when most people are sleeping.

Comment: Fireballs certainly do "happen all the time" and they're happening quite a bit more with each following year:


Massive asteroid on course to 'narrowly miss' the Earth

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Asterid 2014-YB35 is due to skim earth in late March
A mammoth asteroid measuring 1,000-metre wide in on course to narrowly miss Earth within days, NASA predicts.

The object called '2014-YB35' is predicted to skim the Earth on Friday travelling at more than 23,000 mph in space.

It is not unusual for small meteorites to pass close by, however one of this size is a very rare occurrence and poses a very real threat, an expert told the Express.

Any impact would trigger devastating changes in the climate, earthquakes and tsunamis.

Comment: Interesting timing!

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Falling meteor in Cumbria

A major search was launched after distress flares, which turned out to be a meteor, were reported in Cumbria.

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Meteorite Tyrol March 2015
Concerned members of the public reported someone in trouble at about 9.20pm last night.

Maryport Coastguard Rescue Team was dispatched to the area, between Workington and the Isle of Whithorn, where members took up various observation points while Workington lifeboat was dispatched to carry out a search.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: "After a thorough search of the area and enquiries made - as well as receiving more reports from other parts of the country reporting lights in the sky - it was decided that the sighting was probably a meteor."

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Bright Meteorite Falls in Central Bulgaria

A meteorite has landed in the Sredna Gora mountain near the town of Sopot, in Central Bulgaria.

Locals reported seeing bright lights just before 19:00 EET (17:00 GMT) followed by rumbles and smoke, according to Novinite's Bulgarian-language website.

Some witnesses claim the fireball looked "the size of a washing machine" while making its way downwards.

Comment: In the same night there were also sightings in Central Europe and Cumbria. The day before fireballs were seen at Scotland and Ireland.