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England: Did you see a meteor?

A meteor has been spotted above Rutland.

Andrew Shirley, of Willow Close in Uppingham, spotted the bright light above the town on Sunday at about 8.10pm.

Back in October there were other reports of a similar sighting over the town.

Comment: There was also a fireball seen in Ireland on Sunday at 1230 BST.


US: Latest reports include fireball over Montana; metallic disc in Colorado

Plevna, Montana - 4/6/2009 - A fireball was observed streaking at a steep angle towards the earth, approximately two miles south of Plevna. The object appeared to be a brilliant fireball, with a streak of fire trailing behind it. The object was observed for one-to-two minutes, dimmed in intensity, growing brighter, then dim again before disappearing over the horizon. What is unusual about this sighting is what happened next. The object suddenly reappeared, and shot back up into the sky, following the same path as when it had descended. Witnesses reported that the object was traveling at a high rate of speed in both directions.


Northern Ireland: Security cameras clue to fireball

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© Associated PressThe light in the sky is thought to have been a shooting star
Security cameras in Northern Ireland may shed some light on the cause of a massive fireball in the sky on Sunday.

The shooting star was reported at about 1230 BST by people living as far apart as Donegal and Cork.

David Moore chairman of Astronomy Ireland said they were fairly certain it was a rock from space which could have landed somewhere in Ireland.

He said they were very keen to hear from anyone who has footage of what is suspected to be a meteor falling.


Virginia, US: Suffolk man says he saw meteor hit

Thousands of people saw the Big Boom, the Big Bang, the not-a-Russian-rocket-but-a-meteor as it blazed across the mid-Atlantic sky on Sunday night.

But only one person has said he saw where it landed.

Joe Butler of Suffolk says he was driving south across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel when night turned briefly into day.

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Meteor believed to have caused bright flash and loud 'thunder' on Sunday

Keen observers of weather might have noticed something odd about the flash of light and the subsequent loud rumble at around 10 o'clock on Sunday night - something that might have tipped them off that it wasn't just thunder and lightning.

A spokesman for the U.S. Naval Observatory said the official belief now is that the brilliant flash, dimmed substantially on the East End by the thick cloud cover, and the very loud and sustained rumble that followed half a minute or more later were actually caused by a large meteor, called a bolide, or fireball, streaking through the earth's atmosphere and bursting apart.

"We were sitting watching television ... and from where I was sitting I could see a bit of light," said Al Marino, who lives with his wife, Eve, in the Northwest Woods section of East Hampton. "Then there was a rumbling, not a boom at first, and then -



Canada: Fireball leaves 'great glow' in Alberta

Some early risers in Alberta got a glimpse of a fireball streaking across the sky Tuesday morning.

University of Calgary geologist Alan Hildebrand said about a dozen witnesses reported the sight to the Canadian Fireball Reporting Centre.

A meteor, weighing between 10 and 100 kilograms, broke into pieces southeast of Calgary about 6:30 a.m. local time and likely burned up before hitting the ground, said Hildebrand.

Roger Kunkel was driving from Raymond to Lethbridge just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when he saw a "great glow" in the sky coming from the southeast and heading north.

"Sort of a blue and then breaking up into pieces. It was like you could almost go out into the field and find it, it was so close. It was a beautiful sight."


Canada: Residents in Alberta and Saskatchewan spot brilliant fireball in morning sky

Calgary - People in Alberta and Saskatchewan spotted a brilliant green fireball streak across the sky early Tuesday morning.

University of Calgary geologist Alan Hildebrand says about a dozen witnesses have reported the sight to the Canadian Fireball Reporting Centre.

He says the meteorite, weighing between 10 and 100 kilograms, broke into pieces southeast of Calgary about 6:30 a.m. local time.

He says it likely burned up before hitting the ground.


Canada: Fireball streaks across early-morning sky in Edmonton

Early risers might have seen a rainbow-like light dash across the the sky Tuesday morning.

At about 6:30 a.m., Andy Topma was parked outside his workplace at 4770 94th Ave., sipping coffee, when he noticed a bright green flash outside his left car window.

"It was screaming along the sky," Topma said. "As it went farther away, it actually started to change colour. It looked like it was changing to a yellow or red or orange."

From where I was sitting, it looked like it might have hit the ground."


US: Mysterious flash/boom rocks eastern seaboard, including firsthand reports

A mysterious flash of light, followed by a loud boom was reported by thousands of people from Maryland through North Carolina, prompting many calls to local 911 centers. The event also received massive media attention. So far, authorities have only been able to rule out that it wasn't a meteorological event. The following are some of the reports that were coming into the Mutual UFO Network headquarters:

Richmond, Virginia - 9:45-10:05 p.m. - Two witnesses observed what they described as resembling a green meteor shoot down from the sky toward the ground. The first witness' husband came outside to see what she was looking at. He looked in the opposite direction from where his wife had spotted the object, but nothing was seen. He continued to scan the night sky when he saw a bright white orb appear in the western sky, shooting horizontally from right to left for a couple of seconds, before vanishing.

Chesapeake, Virginia - 9:30 p.m. - Witness observed a flash in the sky followed with a loud boom unlike the jets they have in the area. Within a few seconds a second boom was heard, but it was not as loud as the first. The witness indicated he later heard several similar reports over his local television news.


Best of the Web: US: Multiple Eyewitness Reports of Fireball Sightings off Atlantic Coast

Summary: On March 29th, 2009, at approximately 9:45 pm EDT, people along the Atlantic coast of the USA between Maryland and North Carolina witnessed bright lights in the sky and heard thunderous rumbles. It was probably a meteoritic fireball--a small, random asteroid entering Earth's atmosphere and exploding. Although the event was widely seen (and even more widely heard), it was not widely photographed. Onlookers did not have time to grab their cameras before the meteor disappeared.

Eyewitness Accounts:

Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Comments: Mark Ost: "I am an amateur astronomer. I witnessed the fireball last night during an observing session. At approximately 2130 I witnessed the entry and what appeared to be an explosion of the bolide. The fireball was approximately 36 to 40 degrees above the horizon. I know this due to my telescope alignment and familiarity with the location of Polaris. The bolide was traveling in a north east direction. Initially the trace was the bright green of an ionization trail. The bolide then turned brilliant white fringed with an orange rim. I timed the arrival of the sound to two minutes after seeing the object explode and extinguish itself. I am located in southern Virginia Beach, Back Bay. Assuming the speed of sound at 600 mph, I calculated the distance to be 20 to 30 miles (direct line of sight) away. The event was also witnessed by Kent Blackwell, a very experienced amateur astronomer."

Comment: See: Atlantic Coast Fireball could not have been body of Russian Rocket?