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Italian Fireball

Fireball North Taurids 2010.10.27_04.04.46 ± 1 U.T. from Italy
Fireball North Taurids mag. -10 ± 0.60 from Ferrara ( Italy )
Video station: *IMTN-Ferrara1-SE- ( C ) F. Zanotti*
Observer: Ferruccio Zanotti
Location: Ferrara 44.8181 N; 11.6167 E; alt. 9 m s.l.m.
Direction: az: 139 ° ev:47°
Camera: Mintron MTV-12V6H-EX integration 2x ( 1/25s ) Computer Lens
2.6mm F/1.0 FOV: 122.8° * 97.1° ( diagonal: 148° )

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© Meteore ForumattivoItalian Fireball


UFO Meteorite Over Moscow,Russia,10-18-20

Down below is really a bizarre UFO sighting, which was videotaped over Moscow, Russia on October 18, 2010.


Best of the Web: A Crater a Day: Field Investigators at Heart are Encouraged to Go Meteorite Hunting

© Peter L. Kresan
When I first started with all this, my intention was to see if I could figure out a better way to scope out new, undocumented craters, or likely places to go meteorite hunting. I didn't do so well at first. But ironically, when I quit looking for new craters, and started focusing on identifying formations of airburst melt, I began to find too many new craters to count...

Literally too many to count. And a little bit of everything in between. Even if I had the funding, I could never visit them all. I need help. So over the next few weeks, I am going to post a few new craters a day, in the hope that someone might live close enough, or have interest enough, to go get a closer look. Each place will be presented as is. And with little, or no comments. I may not be able to go there, and do field work. But I can still point, and grunt. You be the judge.

Don't surprised if you find others nearby any given crater. Few of them fell alone.


New Hampshire fireball?

© NA

Was in my home and saw out my window two flashes in the sky. Beautiful bright orange in color and over the lake. May have been tell me. Saw two in the western sky over Lake Opechee in Laconia, New Hampshire at exactly 5:00 PM EST. By the time I got my SLR 6 megapixel camera one had vanished. Took twelve successive shots from my porch through an open window till the second one vanished. I was very excited to have seen two and photographed one.

For a better view of the object see here.


Fireball or contrail at sunset? Flaming object caught on camera in Canada


Alburquerque scientist warns of small asteroids

His research indicates asteroids are like bombs

For years, astronomers have been on the lookout for large asteroids on a collision course with Earth. Now, a scientist at Sandia National Labs is warning about the danger of smaller asteroids that could burst in the atmosphere with the power of a nuclear explosion.


Fireball streaks across Northern Ireland skies

Ireland Fireball
© NASAComet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner is thought to be the source of the fireball.

Anyone making their way home from traditional Saturday night entertainments at the weekend may have thought the bright fireball streaking through the skies above them was a sign of having too much of a good thing.

The cause was actually a meteoroid, an orange-sized piece of a comet or asteroid, burning up over Northern Ireland early last Sunday.

The ball entered the atmosphere above the north west at an estimated speed of 20 to 30 km per second at about 0232 BST.

Armagh Observatory received many telephone and internet reports from members of the public reporting sightings of the meteoroid.

Scientists at the observatory said that, due to the object's speed, friction with the Earth's atmosphere caused its surface layers to burn off, producing a bright light in the sky.


US: Meteor Over East County Monday Night?

East County Meteor
© Dennis MammanaMeteor shower.

Jamul - An East County Magazine reader asks, "I want to know who else saw the blue and whitish-orange meteor I saw from my house in Deerhorn Valley in Jamul at approximately 8:50 pm on Monday evening, October 11."

The reader, who asked that her name not be published, added, "I saw it when it was rather low--it had a head on it and had a pretty thick tail.. .thicker than the meteors you usually see in a meteor shower. A moment later the surrounding horizon on both sides lit up...From my vantage point it looked like it was southeast, maybe in the area of Otay Lakes or Dulzura."

Dennis Mammana, who pens the "Stargazer" syndicated column, told East County Magazine that the description does sound like a meteor and indicated that such sightings are more common than most people realize.

If you spotted the meteor or have a photograph, please contact


US: Reddish Orange Fireball Over Yorkvile, Illinois

October 9, 2010 at 10:05 p.m. Two other friends and myself were sitting outside when all 3 of us spotted a reddish-orange fireball travel across the sky. It travelled a southwest to northeast direction. At first we thought it was a meteor, but it never disappeared like meteors do. There was no sound and there was only one. It looked like what a plane might look like if it were on fire.

It appeared through the trees and went right over the top of us. We watched it until we couldn't see it anymore, probably about 30 seconds. It was very bright but it didn't blink. We have planes fly over all the time heading to O-Hare to land. There were not blinking lights and we can always hear the planes. This was probably about the same elevation as the planes coming in for a landing but it wasn't anything any of us have ever seen.

Shortly afterwards a plane did appear and we could hear it and see the blinking lights. This was round in shape. I would love to know what we saw.

If you have seen anything like this in the same area please be kind enough to contact Brian Vike at: with the details of your sighting. All personal information is kept confidential.

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Overhead Meterorite Explosion? San Diego Residents Report Hearing Loud 'Boom'

Sound Reportedly Shook Homes In San Diego

10News has received a lot of phone calls and e-mails from residents reporting hearing the sound of a large "boom," or explosion around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

While most of the people who have contacted the station have been located in the center of San Diego, calls have come from residents in Del Mar, North Park, Allied Gardens and Cardiff.

James Moriset and his wife and children were inside their North Park home when the loud, explosion-like sound rocked their world.

"It was really quick, like a vehicle had crashed into the house or something... just a real quick boom," said Moriset.

Some of the callers reported that their homes shook as a result of the "boom," and some of them said they heard the sound twice.