Fire in the Sky


Mysterious 'boom' stuns residents of a town in Gloucester, UK

A mysterious explosion shook Kingsholm, Gloucester
on September 9 2015.
A super loud bang brought residents in Malvern Road in Gloucester from their homes last night (September 9) leaving families stunned.

The deep boom was significant enough to prise Kingsholm people from their sofas during peak television viewing time.

Residents gingerly opened front doors to peer out into the street - expecting to see a trail of destruction, bomb crater, tail of an aircraft, damage to vehicles, the front of a neighbour's house missing or the remnants and shrapnel of someone's boiler.

What greeted them came as another shock - the same peaceful scene of parked cars, twitching curtains and hedgehogs scuttling for cover.

Comment: Such loud booms with no identifiable source could in all likelihood be overhead explosions caused by meteor fireballs, or other seismic interactions brought about from our changing cosmic climate. See also:

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

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Meteor seen entering Oman atmosphere; explosions heard

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Meteor like unidentified object did enter the Sultanate's atmosphere on Wednesday night, however it is not clear whether it landed in Oman or not, according to Saleh Al Shidhani from the Oman Astronomical Society, Locals in Wilayat of Yanqul in Al Dhahira Governorate reported that they witnessed Meteor like object and also heard the crash.

Speaking to Times of Oman, Saleh Al Shidhani from the Oman Astronomical Society, said, "Based on the information we have gathered currently, we can't confirm whether it was a meteorite or not."

"We are also not sure whether it landed in Sultanate, but it definitely passed through the atmosphere. But we don't know where it landed exactly," he further added, saying that the object passed through Al Dhahira Governorate and probably continued to the United Arab Emirates.

"The villagers had conflicting stories where some of them said they had heard the explosion when others denied it. We will send a team to that region and question the witnesses and investigate the matter," said Al Shidhani.

Comment: See also this other recent report: Sott Exclusive: Meteor fireball explodes over eastern Turkey, sending shower of meteorites to the ground

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Meteor filmed by Washington Monument camera

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A bright meteor was seen shooting through the sky Tuesday night and a camera located on the Washington Monument captured its movement.
A bright fireball streaking across the sky Tuesday night was captured on camera from the Washington Monument.

According to NASA's Meteor Watch, the fireball was seen in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and West Virginia around 9:27 p.m. It moved east to west and appeared to be orange, according to witness reports on the American Meteor Society's website.

An "Earthcam" on the Washington Monument captured the meteor's race through the sky.

According to the American Meteor Society, fireballs are very bright meteors, about as bright as Venus in the morning and evening skies.

About 10 to 15 meteorites fall to Earth each day, but sightings are rare since streaking fireballs often fall over the ocean, or during daylight hours when they can't be seen.

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Photographer captures fireball against the Northern Lights in Finland

Photographer Markus Kiili was lucky enough to capture this stunning photo
The incredible images show a bright white line hurtling through the green and blue sky, in a rare moment which was visible for just a few seconds.

Photographer Markus Kiili was fortunate enough to not only witness the beautiful event - but also capture it on TWO cameras.

The 40-year-old cameraman was shooting a time-lapse video in Lapland, Finland, with two cameras last night when he witnessed the stunning sky.


Massive meteor fireball witnessed in Thailand, explosions heard

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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

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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

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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.