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US: FAA - Central Coast sonic boom leaves no trace

Santa Cruz - The search for the cause of the sonic boom, or booms, many Central Coast residents felt Wednesday morning looks to be a bust.

Thursday, a Federal Aviation Administration official said the search for the source of the mysterious morning rattle has turned up nothing.

"We reviewed all the radar data for flights in the airspace in Northern California around the time that people reported this boom," said Ian Gregor, FAA spokesman for the Western-Pacific Region. "There were several military aircraft operating but they were slow. None of these aircraft were going supersonic."

Comment: It is utterly amazing that even with someone who is a reader of the Orange County Register mentioning that it could have been an asteroid, none of the government, military or scientific authorities will "go there." At least not publicly.

The fact that THE asteroid went by on Monday does not signify that there couldn't have been other asteroid/meteors trailing along in it's wake and it is these that were heard, and felt, exploding in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.

The fact that one sonic boom was heard on March 4th at 9:15pm and the other on March 5 at 9:15 am is a little different, but it doesn't negate the fact that these could have been meteorites exploding in the atmosphere.. There could have been quite a trail of these things that either burnt up over uninhabited places or weren't heard.

The strangest fact of all is, as mentioned above, that government and military and scientific personnel do not want to go there - at least publicly.


Mysterious sonic boom rattles California Central Coast 12 hours after Southern California reports same

Though many Central Coast residents felt a rattle Wednesday morning, the source of the shaking was not under their feet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At 9:15 a.m., USGS sensors detected ground movement, but the signals did not resemble an earthquake, said Leslie Gordon, a USGS spokeswoman.

The movement appeared to originate off the Monterey Bay coast, Gordon said. "Our best guess is that it was a sonic boom from a jet off the coast," Gordon said. "That's all we can say scientifically." Jet airplanes create sonic booms when they break the sound barrier. As a jet rips through the air at supersonic speeds, it emits shock waves that produce a tell-tale bang and rattle buildings.

But the Air Force did not have jets flying off the coast Wednesday morning, said Steve Bauer, a spokesman at Vandenberg Air Force Base. After receiving calls about a similar boom in Southern California, the Federal Aviation Administration said it was searching through flights its employees monitored Wednesday morning to find the supersonic jet. "We haven't found anything ... that would explain the sonic boom," said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the administration.


Damage Control: Boom from jet likely caused mysterious shaking in Orange County

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© UnknownBizarre: The USGS reported a 2.2 quake at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday that supposedly shook much of Orange County. But we didn't receive any calls or emails then. The emails didn't start until 9:15 p.m. tonight, almost 12 hours later -- even though much of tonight's shaking came from areas depicted in this map. Seismologist Bob Dollar called the situation "mysterious."
The mysterious door and window rattling that thousands of people felt across Orange County Tuesday night about 9:15 p.m. was likely caused by a sonic boom produced by a high speed jet, says Bob Dollar, a seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey.

And, in an extraordinary odd coincidence, a similar event occurred at 9:15 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Central California. Click here to read story.

"This morning Kate Hutton (of Caltech) reviewed seismograms from the event last night in Orange County," Dollar said in an email. "These data are consistent with a sonic event coming onshore near Dana Point and traveling northward inland.

Comment: It is amazing, isn't it? How, even though it is known, meteorites exploding in the atmosphere, or crashing into the ocean also makes a "sonic boom" reverberation and are never mentioned as a cause of these effects.

Is it simply denial or do they know about something else but don't want you to know.


Finland: Meteorite Lands in Southern Savo

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A fist-sized meteorite plummeted to Earth somewhere in southern Savo. At least three cameras captured the bright streak of the space-rock making its fiery descent over the weekend.

"The meteorite has probably fallen along the border between Kangasniemi and Hankasalmi," says Arto Oksanen, from the astronomy organisation Jyväskylän Sirius.

The landing site got quite a bit of snow over the weekend, which makes finding and retrieving the meteorite quite difficult.


Flashback Mysterious Sky Flashes Puzzle Pennsylvania Observers

Between 8 and 8:30 p.m. on the night of October 26, 2008, residents in Westmoreland County, southeast of Pittsburgh, reported observing an odd brilliant light show in the sky, which some observers felt was not related to thunderstorm activity. I also have received observation reports from as far away as Somerset County in Pennsylvania, and into Ohio.

The first reports I received were from the Mount Pleasant Township area. Later reports came in from various other areas of Westmoreland County, including North Huntingdon Township, Greensburg and Latrobe.

The initial reports from Mount Pleasant Township, described an intense flash of white light which lit up the sky in all directions. The flash lasted only a fraction of a second. Observers felt certain that this was no lightning bolt. The exact position of where the flash was originating from could not be determined since all sections of the sky were illuminated.

The sky was very clear and full of stars. There was absolutely no thunder or other sound heard at the time.


Massachusetts, U.S.: "Fireball" Sighting Maybe a Meteorite

Island residents are being urged by Maria Mitchell Association director of astronomy Vladimir Strelnitski to keep their eyes open for meteorites around Surfside and the south shore in the coming days following an unconfirmed sighting of a fireball blazing across the early-morning sky Friday, Feb. 20 at 4:30 a.m.

Terry Galschneider was up early watching television when she said a dramatic orange fireball "lit up the sky" for five seconds. She said the fireball was too large and bright to have been a shooting star or a helicopter. Her full description to Strelnitski left him to "not exclude that it fell in the ocean, but maybe even on land."

The object's brightness suggests it would be relatively close to Galschneider, although its lack of sound made that even less possible to tell for certain. He said it was highly unlikely to have been debris from colliding satellites.


UFO's in the Sky? Probably a Comet

Multiple people in Waukesha County called WTMJ reporters and the Waukesha Sheriff's Department, reporting unusual lights in the evening sky.

Could it have been something from another world, a UFO?

"Somebody saw something," said Waukesha County Sheriff's Captain Karen Ruff.

"I don't know if it was just a planet, the sky, the clouds, the stars or what it was. There was something out there.

"We do let our officers know, because it could be a plane or a helicopter in trouble. We do have them go out and look. Nobody saw anything, so we don't quite know what it was."


Comet's Heart May Have Struck Earth

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Bright lights that suddenly streak across the night sky with an accompanying boom tend to elicit a flurry of phone calls to local police departments.

These rare events aren't typically wayward missiles, or satellite debris (as was thought when one such streak recently lit up the skies over Texas), or alien invasions. But they do come from outer space.

Scientists aptly call the objects fireballs because they are the brightest meteors, or "shooting stars," that fall to Earth.

A fireball as bright as the full moon raced across the Spanish skies on July 11, 2008, and was tracked by the Spanish Fireball Network (SPMN). Researchers used the tracking data to trace the path of the comet backwards through the sky and space; they think the boulder may be a chunk of a comet that broke up nearly 90 years ago. Their conclusions are detailed in the Feb. 11 online issue of the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.


Argentina: Another Fireball Over Patagonia

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Witnesses to the phenomenon in Esquel and El Bolsón (Chubut Province) claim that the "night was completely lit" - it occurred last Saturday and research is ongoing to determine if it was a meteorite that entered the atmosphere and disintegrated, or if it was a UFO.

The strange "fireball" that crossed the skies over the Cordillera in Chubut between the towns of Esquel and El Bolsón is being investigated to see if it was an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) or a meteorite that entered the atmosphere and burned up before striking the ground.


Flashback Asteroid 2008 TC3 Strikes Earth: Predictions and Observations Agree

A spectacular fireball lit up the predawn sky above Northern Sudan on October 7, 2008. This explosion was caused by the atmospheric entry of a small near-Earth asteroid, estimated to be no more than a few meters in diameter. The explosion likely scattered small meteorite fragments across the Nubian desert below. Although such small impact events occur several times per year around the globe, this case was unprecedented because the asteroid was actually discovered the day before it reached the Earth and the impact location and time were for the first time predicted in advance.

At 6:39 UT (UT = GMT) on the morning of October 6, 2008, Richard Kowalski, at the Catalina Sky Survey, discovered this small near-Earth asteroid using the Mt. Lemmon 1.5 meter aperture telescope near Tucson, Arizona. When the discovery observations were reported to the Minor Planet Center (MPC) in Cambridge Massachusetts, a preliminary orbit computation immediately indicated that the object was headed for an Earth impact within 21 hours. The MPC quickly made the discovery and subsequent "follow-up" observations available to the astronomical community and contacted the NASA/JPL Near-Earth Object Program Office. The MPC also notified NASA Headquarters of the impending impact so that subsequent US government interagency alerts and inter-governmental notifications could begin. By the time this object (now designated as 2008 TC3) entered the Earth's shadow 19 hours after discovery, some 570 astrometric (positional) measurements had been reported from 26 observatories around the world, both professional and amateur.