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Flashback Los Angeles, US: Fireball Remains a Mystery

There is still no explanation of the fireball that soared through Southern California skies yesterday morning at about 10:40 a.m. "I was in downtown Los Angeles on the 31st floor of my office and just happened to look out the window to see a bright white streak disappear behind the the San Gabriel Mountains. It was over in an instant. It was huge, at least as wide as the moon, but it had a tail," wrote Brian Bartholomew in an LA Times comments section.

Most reports of witnessing the fireball came from within Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Even "fire crews in Barstow and on I-15 near Stateline reported seeing an object in the sky moving very fast across the northern sky and described it as yellowish green in color with streaks of debris. It looked like it burned up before it hit the ground," according to an LA Times report.


Chile: Meteorite trail surprises Punta Arenas and Tierra del Fuego

It is almost confirmed that the bright flash seen last Monday night in great parts of Magallaes region, included Tierra del Fuego in the extreme south of Chile was a meteorite.

Residents throughout the region: in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and in Tierra del Fuego Porvenir recall seeing at approximately 10:30 p.m. a bright flash in the night sky. Witnesses then heard a loud crack, presumably the result of the meteorite breaking the sound barrier as it passed over the region, reported the local press.

The head of the Punta Arenas Airport, Jan Carlo Onetto, confirmed that the unidentified flying object was not of human origin.


Flashback Officials: Blasts heard near Pakistani capital may have been from sonic boom

Investigators found no physical evidence of loud explosions heard Monday near the Pakistani capital and officials said it may have been a sonic boom caused by fast-moving aircraft.

The blasts were heard in Rawalpindi and the capital, Islamabad, two cities about 7 miles (12 kilometers) apart. Rawalpindi houses the headquarters of
Pakistan's army and the residence of President Pervez Musharraf, a key U.S. ally in the war on terror.


New Zealand: West Coast meteor may have landed

The mystery of lights spotted off the west coast of New Zealand overnight has taken a twist with Punakaiki residents reporting a large bang and jolt.

Christchurch police received reports from Hokitika to Nelson of a light in the sky between 11pm and midnight, and Wanganui police received three calls of a bright light out at sea.

Wanganui police initially thought it was a flare but then reports came in from farther afield.

There were no reports of anything hitting the ground and a meteor is suspected.


Meteor sparks fears of UFO, Iranian missiles in Israel

A relatively large and unexpected meteor streaked across the sky over central Israel Tuesday evening, sparking widespread fears that the nation was under attack by Iran, Syria, or perhaps aliens.

The large bright ball and flaming tail were visible around 8 PM and were seen by thousands of Israelis from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. As soon as the meteor had disappeared, burned up in earth's atmosphere, calls to the police began pouring in.


Witness account: Large meteorite seen over Cyprus

©Daniel Shabodia
The meteorite, as seen above Machmoret, Israel

Between 8:25 - 8:30 pm tonight, in the town of Larnaca (Southern coast of Cyprus) I was walking by the beach when I saw in the sky something like a ball of fire moving slower than a usual falling star, followed by a bright pink/red tail. Other people on the beach saw it as well and kept talking and wondering about it.

Comment: It appears that this is the same meteorite that was seen crossing Israeli sky at 08:15 pm.


Large meteor crosses Israeli skies

©Daniel Shabodia
The meteorite, as seen above Machmoret, Israel

A large meteor crossed Israel's skies on Tuesday evening, and was seen by many residents, mainly in Samaria, Army Radio reported.

According to citizens' reports, the object was seen at approximately 8:15 p.m., as it crossed the sky from east to west horizontally. Some witnesses said they saw two shiny objects in the sky, and others reported that they heard a shrieking sound.

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Canada: Fireball in sky not a plane, Halifax police say

Police investigating a report of a small plane crashing in Halifax say the glowing object was likely a flare.

Comment: Or a meteorite.

A group of children reported that a fireball nosedived to the ground in a wooded area off Herring Cove Road Wednesday evening.

Firefighters, police and search-and-rescue teams sprang into action. As a helicopter searched from above, police rode dirt bikes through the woods.


California, US: Mystery fireball streaks across sky

Witnesses across Southern California say they saw an object 'moving very fast across the northern sky' and falling near the San Bernardino Mountains. Officials have no firm answers on what it was.

Mystery Fireball
©LA Times

From Hollywood Hills to the Nevada state line, people reported seeing a fireball streaking across the sky and falling near the San Bernardino Mountains this morning. But explanations of the mysterious object were scarce.


Australia: Fireball at Ayers Rock

A weekend trip for astrophotography in central Australia can result in gorgeous skyscapes. In this example recorded in March of 2006, the center of our Milky Way Galaxy rises over planet Earth's horizon and the large sandstone formation called Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock.

©Joseph Brimacombe
Fireball at Ayers Rock