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A sound of cosmic thunder: Earth-Impacting asteroid heard by nuke detectors

Asteroid burning atmosphere
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Artist impression of an asteroid burning up in Earth's atmosphere
On the second day of 2014, a small asteroid blew up high in Earth's atmosphere. It was relatively harmless - the rock was only a couple of meters across, far too small to hit the ground or do any real damage - and it disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean anyway.

What's cool is that now we know for sure this is the case: Infrasound detectors designed to listen for nuclear bomb detonations actually heard the explosion from the impact and were able to pinpoint the location of the event to a few hundred kilometers east off the coast of Venezuela.

NASA put together a nice informative video explaining it.
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'Unexplained loud jolting booms' shake homes in Kentucky and Illinois


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For the past two days in a row, people in the Local 6 area have reported hearing loud, jolting booms.

It's one of our most popular stories on facebook. The story we first posted Saturday night has more than 500 comments from people who say they have all heard and felt the same thing in counties across western Kentucky and southern Illinois. Public safety officials are trying to figure out what's causing the noise while people brace themselves for the next big boom.

Leon Cunningham has been living in Livingston County for more than 25 years and says he's familiar with the sights and sounds in his neighborhood. But, over the weekend, he heard something different. He said, "It was just... boom! I mean, you could hear it. It was loud." It was also jarring. "It just shook this whole neighborhood and shook all these houses. In here, stuff rattled on the shelves."

After all the trinkets settled, the rumors started. "Everybody was coming out in the neighborhood wondering what's going on. I've even had people say, 'Are we being invaded?'" One of many questions that there aren't any answers for yet. "We have no idea if there's going to be another one this evening, today, this afternoon, or what. We don't know how long this is going to continue or anything. Nobody does," said Cunningham.

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Fiery object spotted in sky over Dillon, Montana


A Dillon resident snapped a photo of a fireball in the sky just before 8:00 a.m Tuesday morning. Ruth Jackson of Dillon spoke to NBC Montana over the phone and says she had no idea what she was looking at, so she pulled over to take a photo.

"We were driving east on Helena St. in Dillon and the sun hadn't come up yet but there was this bright thing in the sky and I said to my husband, "What is that?" said Jackson.

She was a passenger in the car along with her husband and two granddaughters. They were on their way to drop the girls off at school when they stopped to take the picture.

"I am always looking for something to take a picture of, but this was just awesome," said Jackson.

We showed the photos to the MSU Space Grant Consortium and met with Director Angela Des Jardins. She weighed in and tells us what they appear to be at first glance.
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Fireball streaks by 'heading in the direction of Dromore, Northern Ireland'

People across Banbridge district and beyond have reported seeing a large meteor shooting across the night sky.

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It was seen breaking up into pieces on the evening of Wednesday January 15, with sightings reported across the Banbridge district, Lurgan, Moira, Belfast and Dublin.

People took to Twitter to report the sightings including Mark Kendall @annadale0 who posted to @ArmaghPlanet "Noticed a meteorite I think, (it was still alight) flying through the air above Banbridge about 6.30pm was an amazing sight!".

Many people described seeing a bright fireball moving across the sky with a large tail.

Armagh Observatory received many telephone and internet reports from members of the public reporting sightings of the meteoroid. Reports of the fireball can be viewed as a link from the Armagh Observatory website.
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Huge meteor lights up night sky in Ukraine, 21 November 2013 (VIDEO)

At 3:50am, a meteor is seen streaking across the night sky. The meteor broke up in the atmosphere.

A meteorite lights up the sky near Mount Castel, as bright as day, if only for a second.

A second piece of footage has surfaced, albeit with a wrong date, captured at Simferopol, Ukraine.

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Bright fireball captured on video as it lights up night sky over Puerto Rico, 18 January 2014

A brilliant fireball was seen yesterday from Puerto Rico and was observed from all around the Caribbean Island. "It was so bright that the intense light saturated our sky cameras", reports Eddie Irizarry from Sociedad de Astronomia del Caribe. Irizarry says the huge meteor can be seen illuminating his backyard and personal observatory at the end of a video. Images also show a smoke trail left behind by the small space rock, which took several seconds to dissipate.

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Another mysterious boom heard Sunday over parts of Central Virginia

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Colonial Heights - CBS 6 News received a number of reports Sunday afternoon about another loud boom heard in parts of Central Virginia.

Ky's mum posted on the CBS 6 Facebook page that she heard the blast just after 4 p.m. at her home near the Colonial Heights-Chester line.

"This time it shook the house!" she wrote.

Ruth J Perry also posted on the CBS 6 Facebook page that she heard a "loud, explosion-type sound" on Chesterfield County's southside.

Diana Penn, who said this is the third boom she has heard this month, said the latest one at 4:10 p.m. was the closest one she has felt.

In fact, Penn said the first two blasts were from the southwest. She said Sunday's boom sounded closer - as if it was from the southeast and did not have the telltale rumble sound afterward,.
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Bright green fireball caught on video from UK and Holland, 18 January 2014

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UK / Holland / Belgium Fireball Meteor/s, approx. 20:20 GMT, 18 January 2014
Initial Meteor Sighting Reports

18 January 2014 - Jim, Almere, The Netherlands 21:32 GMT
1, 2 seconds top to bottom. Quick drop, rainbow trail, bright flash. Exceptionally bright black trail in the sky after 3 minutes. White colour, impressive.
18 January 2014 - Tim North, Shields, UK 20:18 approx
2 seconds duration. Facing east, track Northwest to Southeast over sea, to right of Moon. Barium green, small amount white. Slightly brighter than the moon. No fragmentation, just one discontinuity. Have CCTV video available.
18 January 2014 - James Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, UK 20:00 UTC approx
2 seconds duration. Seen to the east of my location, falling to Earth in southerly direction. Green trail, twice as bright as Sirius.

All 43 meteor sighting reports can be seen here.
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Fifty injured as Norway heritage village burns

Over 20 houses have been destroyed and 50 people injured after a fire broke out in the heritage village of Lærdalsøyri on the Sognefjord, north of Bergen.

"It is a disaster. For those who are there it is an inferno. There are flames and smoke everywhere and a powerful wind that makes the situation very difficult," Lærdal's deputy mayor and chief physician Geir Berge Overland told NRK.

According to a press release from Lærdal Municipality, at least 23 buildings had been destroyed by 7am on Sunday morning, three of which are in the historical conservation area, treasured for its unique wooden buildings.

Comment: Possibly related to?
Falling meteor spotted over the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, UK

Probably it is a small rock from space, says Alex Scholten of the Public Observatory in Gelderland Bussloo.

From virtually all over the country arrived Saturday in reports about the striking orb. Which was probably caused by a meteorite. "A boulder or rock block. An object the size of a football, or probably a little higher, "says Scholten.

According to the employee of the Public Observatory, they can light up as they enter the atmosphere. "They start at high altitude to burn. Sometimes all at 80 kilometers, "explains Scholten. Therefore, the orb was about a quarter past nine on Saturday's show, is probably little more about. "If a piece of rock is about, that's probably ended up in the North Sea."

A photo and a video of the alleged meteorite shows a bright ball of light with a long tail. Twitterers responded elated: "Unbelievable! Just for the first meteorite with a green tail seen on the A16 between Breda and Dordrecht. Pretty impressive! "Wrote a motorist.

Other twittering Dutch responded elated: "Cool enough, meteorite long green / blue tail of a second or 5. About Ketelbrug. "Others admitted to having the orb mistaken for fireworks. Some people also say to have heard. Two loud bangs.

Also in Germany, England and Scotland, the fireball was seen.
Video here

Reports here

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There is an undeniable and dramatic increase in meteor fireballs, but we're still being lied to: ISS delays planned orbit raise due to "space junk threat"

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International Space Station
The International Space Station's manoeuvre to raise orbit has been delayed by two days over the threat of collision with space junk that could severely damage the station.

The ISS orbit was scheduled to be raised by nearly two kilometers to ensure safe docking of the Russian Progress M-22M resupply spacecraft on February 6. The manoeuvre was to be carried out to compensate for Earth's gravity. The delay was the initiative of the United States.

The new date and time of the manoeuvre will be announced on Friday, while the preliminary date has been set for January 18, according to Moscow mission control center.

More than 800 pieces of space debris are situated on the same orbit with the ISS and are a potential threat to the station, according to NASA's data from October.

When the ISS faces the threat of a collision with a piece of space junk, the US, Russia and their partners usually order a debris avoidance manoeuvre. This occurs about once a year on average, according to NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office.

Comment: It would be really great, if NASA would stop insulting our intelligence by repeating the same ridiculous lies. The fact is, that
2013 saw a dramatic increase in meteor fireballs. More so, recently, USA and Canada experienced several meteor outbursts and fireballs raining down on their heads, with some of the falls probably resulting in wildfires. But NASA asks you to move along and not to pay attention to the man behind the curtain.

SOTT.net sez 'BS alert!'


Breaking: Meteor outburst over 6 Northeastern U.S. states - Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maine (so far...)
'Fireball' seen streaking across sky over Northampton; reports from all over Northeastern U.S.
Take cover! Meteor fireballs rain down across U.S. - Outbreaks of wildfires reported



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