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Fireball streaks across Phoenix sky (VIDEO)

Meteor Fireball Phoenix November 2017
Residents of Phoenix, Arizona were treated to approximately four seconds of night-time daylight on Tuesday, as a suspected meteor burst through the Earth's atmosphere and lit up the area.

The city tweeted footage of two fireballs streaking across the night sky, which had been captured by a security camera overlooking a number of public buildings. In the video, one meteor can be seen burning up in a flash above the clouds while another, smaller meteor extinguishes parallel to it.


Meteor dazzles Phoenix with fireball across evening sky

Meteor over Phoenix
© Screen Capture YouTube
Residents in Phoenix observed what appeared to be a bright meteor flying across the night sky on Tuesday.

City officials in Phoenix tweeted about the event at around 11:30 p.m., calling it "something brilliant," after a security camera captured the sight.

Witnesses reported seeing a bright fireball-like flash in the sky.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) said it received more than 200 reports of a fireball meteor seen above New York on Saturday night, AMS said.


Mysterious loud 'boom' heard across North Alabama - NASA unsure of origin

loud boom Alabama
© abc3340.com
A loud boom was heard over much of north Alabama on November 14, 2017
(WBMA) -- Shortly after 1:40 p.m., a loud 'boom' was heard across North Alabama in Blount, Jefferson, Walker, Cullman, Talladega, Calhoun, Clay, Winston, Randolph, Tuscaloosa, and St. Clair counties.

It's the sound everybody is talking about. So much so, Trey Cochran wrote a song about it:

Alabamians flocked to Twitter, with many reporting the event shook their homes.

Lincoln resident Dawn Stanton described it as "...a propane tank just exploding. I looked and I didn't see nothin' sailing through the air."

The National Weather Service in Birmingham hypothesized the sound originated from an aircraft sonic boom or a meteorite from the Leonid shower.

NASA's Bill Cooke says the origin of the mysterious boom still remains unclear but shut down the NWS' theory of a Leonid shower meteroite.

Cooke says the sound could have been produced by a bolide, large supersonic aircraft or a ground explosion.

According to Cooke, NASA's meteor scientists will continue to analyze new data in hopes of determining the cause of the 'boom.'

ABC 33/40 has reached out to Maxwell Air Force Base to see if a pilot could have broken the sound barrier with a training exercise.

Comment: Another space rock fragment exploding in the atmosphere?

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Another bright meteor fireball explodes over Germany (VIDEOS)

fireball over Germany AMS event # 4299-2017
© AMS (screen capture)
AMS event # 4299-2017: Observers map
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received over 1500 reports of a bright meteor fireball exploding over southern Germany on Tuesday, November 14th 2017 around 16:48 UT.

The event (#4299-2017) was also observed from the neighbouring countries of Switzerland, Austria and France. One report from Sabine B. near Kempten describes the experience: "I've never seen anything like that in my life" according to Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Just over a week ago on November 6, 2017 another bright meteor fireball exploded over northern Germany.

meteor fireball over southern Germany
© AMS/S. Kobsa
Meteor fireball over southern Germany on November 14, 2017 as seen from Maselheim, Germany.

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More mystery booms and tremors rock Northeast U.S.

Mystery Boom
Whatever the cause is, mysterious and unexplained booming noises keep rattling the skies overhead. I can't help but feel like something larger is brewing just beneath all of these headlines lately. Mystery booms are nothing new, yet they seem to be happening with increasing regularity lately. Couple that with the many examples of government and corporate secrecy surrounding the impending space war, and it's enough to make you want to add a new layer to your tin foil hat, dig your bunker a few feet deeper, and restock your supply of canned goods.

canned goods

“Let’s see… we each need about 1500 calories a day… that’s about 3 cans of beans each…cans last five years… carry the one… Hmm. That’s only about 20,000 cans. Honey! We need another bunker for the cans! Honey!? Where are my cans?!”

"We do not need the celestial threat to disguise Cold War intentions; rather we need the Cold War to disguise celestial intentions!"

~ British astronomer Victor Clube, author of The Cosmic Serpent and The Cosmic Winter, in a report commissioned by the U.S. Air Force

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Another meteor fireball blazes over California and Arizona

Meteor fireball over California
© AMS (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 44 reports (event 4167-2017) about a meteor fireball seen blazing over California and Arizona on Friday, November 10th 2017 around 04:38 UT. This latest event occurred just two days after another meteor fireball was recorded in the same region.

Comment: For more information check out our dedicated fireballs topic page and monthly SOTT Earth Changes Summary.

SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2017 : Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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Meteorites found from September British Columbia, Alberta fireball

Meteorites recovered from the Kootenay region, near Crawford Bay, B.C., from the bright fireball seen on September 4, 2017
© Colin Hall/CBC
Meteorites recovered from the Kootenay region, near Crawford Bay, B.C., from the bright fireball seen on September 4, 2017
When cameras captured a bright meteor fireball streak across the sky over B.C. and Alberta back in September, it sparked a search for fragments of the space rock that caused it, and this search appears to have paid off!

As often as meteors streak across the night sky, and even how many times we see bright fireball meteors, it's a rare thing to actually find pieces of the meteoroid that produced the flash of light.

According to meteorite hunter Geoff Notkin, searching for meteorites after a fall was an exhausting task, involving travelling all over the area where the fireball was seen, interviewing witnesses, and compiling a trajectory for the meteoroid as it plowed through the atmosphere. Starting in 2009, this became much easier, as scientists began to explore the use of Doppler radar in picking up these objects, to determine where they fell.

Comment: See also: Large meteor fireball lights up night sky over British Columbia, Canada

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Meteor fireball observed over California, Arizona and Nevada

California meteor fireball map
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 17 reports (event 4157-2017) about a meteor fireball seen over California, Arizona and Nevada on Wednesday, November 8th 2017 around 09:22 UT.

Comment: Another bright meteor fireball lit up the skies over Utah earlier today. Wayne Frunein, who captured the celestial event on his home door camera said, "Suddenly got really bright and then we saw a streak across the sky. It was bright white at first and then it burst into many colors. It was really beautiful. It was spectacular."

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Bright meteor fireball explodes over northern Germany

Meteor fireball over Germany
© YouTube/AMS (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 23 reports of a bright meteor fireball exploding over northern Germany around 20:56 UT on November 6, 2017. The event (#4145-2017) was also observed from the neighbouring countries of Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, and France.

Comment: Readers interested in the changing near-space environment might enjoy our research into increased asteroid and fireball activity - including its causes, effects, and role in human history - in Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection (you can also read a review of the book here).


UPDATE: San Diego rocked by a loud boom and shaking; USGS reports it was not an earthquake

san diego skyline
© Mike Blake / Reuters
The skyline of San Diego.
San Diego residents have reported loud booms and sensations of shaking. The US Geological Survey said there were no signs of an earthquake, but an independent group did confirm seismic activity.

Residents described experiencing the boom from Alpine to El Cajon, Carmel Valley, National CIty, Eastlake and as far south as Tijuana in Mexico.

"Yeah, [I'm in San Diego] currently and every one in my job heard the [boom] and then felt a shake [afterwards], we thought something had crashed or something," wrote a poster to KNSD's website.

Fifteen minutes outside of San Diego, Luis Hernandez told KNSD that he felt the ground begin to shake. Hernandez said his friends felt it too and he described it as an earthquake.

Comment: UPDATE: Mexico has a possible explanation for this event (if you believe it). Strange Sounds reports:
So what the heck in Mexico?

The official explanation is the following:

In English, it says:
'We inform that the event occurred this morning at 11:56 a.m. Pacific Time, WAS NOT AN EARTHQUAKE. The sensors of the Seismic Network of the CICESE recorded vibrations that are believed to be related to a meteorological phenomenon generated when hot and cold air masses clash together. This violent collision can produces a BOOM that can make the windows vibrate. Analyses of seismic stations of Tijuana show that the event isn't similar to an earthquake.'
OFFICIALS have already used the same explanation (brutal clash between a cold and a warm front) to explain the mysterious apparition of light columns in the sky of Argentina on October 24, 2017:

column pillar of light over Argentina

Mysterious column of light appears over Argentina.
Of course, residents are now questioning this OFFICIAL answer. There were also trainings at Camp Pendleton.

So what's going on? Are they testing a new kind of weather weapon? In the mean time GET READY!
The question is: Why is it that no one considered the possibility of a bolide entering the atmosphere? Is it because falling rocks are scary when they become something more than shooting stars?