Early morning December 28, loud booms accompanied the break-up of a large asteroid/comet fragment into hundreds of meteors over Southern Brazil, over the states of Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, Paraná and even in Paraguay. People on the ground were startled, amazed and scared by the spectacular display.

Local media and 'experts' were quick to throw the 'space junk' hypothesis on the table to account for at least one of the sightings, as what looked like a charred or carbonized gas cylinder had been found in a field in Santa Rita do Pardo, about 300 km from Campo Grande. Two years ago another meteor fireball sighting in Brazil was also blamed on 'space junk', after the fact. What are the odds of TWO satellites or rocket boosters hitting Brazil - and catching all space and ground observation systems - completely off-guard, and in the space of two years?

Space junk may of course fall, yet it cannot account for the increasing numbers of actual cosmic bodies raining down on us these days. The usual 'space junk did it' explanation is an obvious reaction to cover up any possible threat or omen coming from without our globe, as well as a calming agent to a very deep-seated fear in the collective human psyche; the association of meteors and large-scale human suffering.

This spectacular meteor fireball sighting in Brazil in October 2014 was just that - a meteor fireball. Given that they're being filmed, photographed and seen all over the world, and on a daily basis, it's far more probable that the 'visitation' on December 28th over Southern Brazil was another large meteor fireball.

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