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Fireball over Baltimore

I'm starting to receive reports of a fireball southwest of Baltimore Monday evening. Here are two of them:

From Donna Caudle: "My husband and I were driving last night (1/7/08) through Perry Hall, MD when we spotted a blue-green fall fireball speeding to some site not far from us ... We were traveling near the area of Magdlet Rd in Perry Hall and Joppa was closed for some accident. I would say we were facing north west when we spotted it falling the the direction of Carney or Towson. The time was about 8:50 pm last night ,Monday the 7th of Janurary "

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California UFO or Fireball sighting? Firemen go toward the light

A Christmas Eve flash in the sky over northeastern Shasta County has some speculating about reindeer on fire or season's greetings from little green men.

But the celestial light show was probably just a meteorite, said Fall River Mills firefighter Quincy Hatch.

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Meteor fragment crater draws crowds to Gianyar

Gianyar, Bandung - Residents in Sukawati village in Gianyar regency, around 20 kilometers north of Denpasar, reported the appearance of a mysterious crater in the middle of a paddy field Wednesday.

The hole was allegedly caused by a falling meteorite fragment.

One meter wide and around 30 centimeters deep, the cavity has turned into a large puddle in the heavy rains that have showered the area since New Year's Eve.

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Nevada, US: Strange light in the sky spotted in Sparks on Christmas Eve

Officials are trying to determine what people saw streaking across the sky last evening above Spanish Springs north of Reno.

Washoe County sheriff's deputies and search and rescue team members think they may be looking for a meteorite.

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US: Large, Bright Green Fireball Descends Out Of Clear Oregon Sky

Could it have been Rudolph's nose, gleaming brightly? Or maybe just a meteorite in the making?

All across Central last night, there were reports of a fireball seen streaking to the ground.

Keith Clinton, who lives east of Bend says he saw a "large, bright green fireball descend out of the cloudless sky east of Bend."

Clinton says the fireball turned yellow and exploded about 10 degrees above the horizon, breaking into several pieces as it did.

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Malaysia: Mysterious 'blast' turns out to be sonic boom

The mystery "blast" that rocked Kuala Terengganu, Dungun and Marang in Terengganu for several seconds on Friday turned out to be sonic boom from the newly-acquired state-of-the-art Sukhoi fighter jet.

Two of the fighter jets were involved in a non-combatant training in preparation for the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) air show.

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) public relations officer Maj Zulkiflee Abdul Latiff said the fighter jets travelled at supersonic speed, emitting loud sonic booms.

"We hope the people in Terengganu do not panic upon hearing the sound,'' he said.

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Mystery Event In Australian Outback: Nuclear Blast, Earthquake Or Meteorite?

At the request of a U.S. Senate subcommittee on investigations, a group of scientists has been analyzing a mysterious seismic event that took place in a remote part of southwest Australia on May 28, 1993.

On that date, a group of aboriginal prospectors witnessed a radiant, star-like object traveling low across the horizon followed by a bright flash of light and a powerful explosion when the object disappeared behind a ridge. The terrorist group responsible for the March 20, 1995 poison gas attack in a Tokyo subway had attempted to enrich uranium near the epicenter of the mystery event, and Senate investigators feared the group was conducting nuclear tests in the area.

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England: Mystery surrounds great balls of fire

Mystery surrounds unidentified flaming objects which Borehamwood residents claim to have spotted in the night sky in the past two months.

On September 6, Khristian Rawlings was shocked to see two large balls of fire, the size and height of a large aeroplane, whizzing across the sky as he stood on the balcony of his home in Howard Drive.

A month later, on November 5, Lisa Talbot saw a brightly burning flying object, also traveling at the height of a plane, as she left a fireworks display at the town's Meadow Park.

Father-of-one Mr Rawlings, 24, said: "They came across at around 9.15pm. They were orange, and the only way I could describe them is as a bubble with a fireball in the middle. They were very bright, going at some speed, and traveling towards London.

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Massive Siberian blast remains a mystery

Nearly a century ago, a tremendous explosion rocked the remote forests of Siberia. To this day, the weird event is considered to be one of the world's greatest unsolved mysteries.

On the morning of June 30, 1908, a massive explosion occurred in the air above the remote, isolated forests near the Stony Tunguska River in Siberia, Russia. For that reason, it is often called the Tunguska event.

The blast was estimated to be between 10 and 20 megatons of TNT -- 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The explosion felled an estimated 80 million trees over an area of 830 square miles. The shock wave is estimated to have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale, according to a Web site.

One eyewitness who lived about 40 miles south of the explosion described the sky being "split in two" and fire appearing high and wide over the vast forest.

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Tunguska Meteoroid's Cousins Found?

It's a cosmic whodunit: a meteorite exploded in the air near a remote part of Russia called Tunguska in 1908, and the meteorite that caused the event all but disappeared. Where did it come from? Was it an asteroid or part of a comet? Astronomers have taken up the case, using mathematical simulations to track down the perpetrator. They even think they might even know a few of its siblings.

Tadeusz J. Jopek and his team at the Astronomical Observatory UAM in Poland - in collaboration with the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur in France - looked for the possible origins of the Tunguska meteor by essentially running the explosion backwards, and mathematically simulating where the parent object of the event would have been before the impact.

By taking the existing forensic evidence of the impact to estimate the velocity and impact angle of the Tunguska meteorite, the team was able to simulate the possible orbit and speed of the object before it hit the earth. In doing this, they created 3311 virtual "particles" as possible origins of the object.