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Meteor shower lights up sky, Fort Worth - Texas

Did you think you were wishing upon a falling star Wednesday night? Sorry, it was just burning space debris.

What many people saw was the beginning of a minor meteor shower, named after the constellation Bootes, according to Ron DiIulio, director of the University of North Texas' astronomy lab program.

What's causing this meteor shower? The Earth is passing through the tail of a comet.

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Was blinding light a meteor?

COLOMBO: The object which spewed a blinding light that lit the night skies in several areas of the North Western Province on Sunday is suspected to be meteor.

The light was accompanied by huge booming sounds.

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Sky Explosion?: Mysterious 'explosion' creates a tense situation in Sri Lanka

A tense situation was created in some areas in the Gampaha and Kurunegala districts last night following a mysterious noise similar to an explosion.

However later it was revealed that the noise and the light could be from a falling meteorite of some magnitude. The Arthur C. Clark Center also claimed that the sound may have been caused by a meteorite explosion.

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UFO lights up Darwin night sky

A Territorian could not believe his eyes when he saw a strange object beaming in the night sky.

John Ganter, 49, said he saw a bright green ball with two flaming tails flash across the sky.

''It looked like a comet, but with two tails,'' he said.

''It was quite a sight.

''I have never seen anything like it, just burning up in the sky.''

Mr Ganter was walking near Darwin's Nightcliff jetty about 8.30pm on Friday when he saw the unidentified flying object, which was visible for a couple of seconds.

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Venus (?!) causes a stir in Picton, NZ - UFOs, meteor showers?

Whatever their theory, Picton residents have been noticing strange lights in the sky in recent weeks, with people reporting spectacular, multicoloured lights dancing above the horizon to the west.

The phenomenon has a scientific explanation that's a little more mundane, said David Turner, a local member of the Royal Astronomical Society.

"It's the planet Venus," he said.

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Meteorites hit near Redwater, passed over Edmonton

The fireball that passed over Edmonton Friday night may have left more behind than experts originally thought.

"There's a good chance meteorites might have fallen," the University of Calgary's Dr. Alan Hildebrand told Sun Media.

Witnesses in Edmonton reported red fragments continuing toward the earth after the intense light of the meteor subsided.

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Fireball lights up Alberta night skies

A mundane act became extraordinary event for Evelyn Bolton yesterday.

Around 1 a.m., Bolton and her daughter were taking the garbage out at their northside home when they saw an intense light appear and then disappear in the night sky.

"Our eyes hurt from the light," she told Sun Media, describing the one-minute blinding flash.

Though she found the event "freaky," Bolton didn't believe she witnessed a UFO.

But what she did see - a large glowing meteor - was rare, says University of Calgary geology professor Alan Hildebrand, co-ordinator of the Canadian Fireball Reporting Centre.

Comment: "rare"?? "once in a lifetime"?? What planet is the Canada Research Chair in Planetary Science actually living on? Someone needs to send him a link to the Signs page so he can peruse the awesome number of fireballs and meteorites that have been peppering the skies of planet earth over the past few years.


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Meteor lights up eastern Idaho sky

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho A meteor lit up the night sky across eastern Idaho yesterday evening.

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Meteor delights B.C. Stargazers

KELOWNA -- Startled stargazers were treated to a rare and beautiful sight this week when a brilliant meteor streaked through Okanagan skies.

"It was an amazing, vibrant sight, a fireball with a white centre, blue halo and a long pink tail," said Connie Denesiuk, who, with her husband, Bob, happened to see the meteor from the deck of their Summerland home.

The unusually large shooting star was visible for just a few seconds around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

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"Amazing" explanation! Object that fell from sky not a meteorite. It's just a piece of scrap iron dropped out of the sky.

The mysterious metallic object that crashed through the roof of a central New Jersey family's home earlier this year was not a meteorite after all, geologists said Friday.

While the rocklike object looks like a meteorite, scientists say it is a stainless steel alloy that does not occur in nature and is most likely "orbital debris'' - or plain terms, scrap iron.

It's still a mystery where the object came from.

"That's the $64,000 question, and there's probably no way to answer it,'' said Rutgers University geologist Jeremy Delaney. "A piece of scrap iron dropped out of the sky. The question is how did it get into the sky in the first place? That one I simply cannot answer.''


Srinivasan Nageswaran, whose family discovered the silver object after it crashed through the roof and into the upstairs bathroom of his home in Freehold Township, was disappointed by the news.