Fire in the Sky
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:39 UTC
Wollongong-based amateur astronomer David Finlay said the "massive" fireball was seen about 11.05pm on January 13.
"From Melbourne and Shepparton, this meteor appeared low to the ground to the north-west, but I suspect it may have been very close to the Mildura area," Mr Finlay said.
"It split into several pieces in the end and a team from Monash University and I are trying to track it down."
According to the Norwegian Meteor Network, the event occurred around 13:48 UTC and was accompanied by a sonic boom a few minutes later, suggesting that the event was a fireball coming a long way down in the atmosphere before it exploded.
The meteor network operates numerous cameras, but the event was apparently not recorded by any of them. If you saw the event, please submit your report.
Received reports so far mention very intense light that dissolved into small fragments before it disappeared. Two of them said the light was blue and well visible.
The reports came from the regional districts Sogn og Fjordane, Møre og Romsdal, Oppland, and Rogaland. The most distant observations are from the city Haugesund in western Norway and Lunner county.
But it now appears to have been a false alarm, possibly caused by a sonic boom from a fighter jet passing overhead.
Social media went into meltdown when a Marseille resident claimed there had been at least two 'powerful detonations' in the city in southern France.
Others reported hearing the blasts and said the windows of their houses shook although some on Twitter suggested it may just have been a sonic boom from a fighter jet flying overhead.
Russia Today said there had also been reports of sirens in the city.
But the local newspaper, La Provence, tweeted: 'Many of you report an explosion noise heard at #Marseille. But firefighters and police report no intervention.'
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:16 UTC
They were heard in the Bedale area. Members of the public called the force control room to say they had heard two massive explosions.
The Police have tweeted that the sounds were caused by an aircraft and there was no danger to the public.
There was a similar incident in May as reported by Minster FM
Lansing State Journal
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:15 UTC
Neither was his dog, Harvey, who had insisted they go outside at such an early hour to begin with.
"He started barking, looking up and going crazy," said Behnke, who lives in Lansing Township. "I said, 'what the hell?' And then he started cowering. I looked up, and I was thinking, 'did I just see something or not?'"
The object was "about the size of a VW wagon," Behnke said. It was changing colors and moving from north to south. He thought it was only about 100 feet above the trees.
What they saw was a bright meteor known as a fireball. And lots of other people saw it, too.
The American Meteor Society received 145 reports of a fireball seen over seven states and Ontario, Canada around 6:15 a.m. Sunday. Observers from all over southern Michigan, including East Lansing, Laingsburg, Charlotte and Webberville, logged sightings on the AMS website.
"I was on my way to work when I saw what I initially thought was a low flying plane behind a tree," an East Lansing resident wrote. "However, when I moved past the tree I saw the object. It was very bright and seemed to be very close."
Comment: Of the 145 reports received by the American Meteorological Society of a fireball over OH, IL, WI, MI, IN, IA, PA and Ontario on Sunday, January 8th 2017 around 11:15 UT, dozens of reports were from Ohio, where unexplained explosions and fire damage affected several homes.
Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:28 UTC
The two luminous space rocks were filmed by dashboard cameras on January 3 and 4th in Arkhangelsk region, some 1,200 kilometers north of Moscow, according to local media.
The two objects in the videos appear to be the larger representatives of the Quadrantids, the annual meteor shower traditionally observed in the Northern Hemisphere between December 28 and January 7 when the Earth passes an asteroid belt, according to the Pulkovo Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:55 UTC
The first of the loud sounds to draw widespread attention on social media was a Thursday night, Dec. 1, around 11:45 p.m. Residents heard it across the entire Carrollton area from St. Charles Avenue to South Claiborne, between Joliet and Pine, and many said it sounded like it came from the river, with sirens following.
"It was louder than I'm used to hearing a transformer sound and it seemed to reverberate for a bit," a woman who lives near Cohn and Dante posted on the Nextdoor social media network. "Really strange.It was extremely loud! And deeper sounding than the gunshots I'm (sadly) used to hearing," a resident at Panola and Cambronne replied.
The sound repeated itself again the night of Tuesday, Dec. 6, around 7 p.m. — early enough that it attracted even wider attention. In that second case, a number of residents reported that their homes shook, and some even said they thought they saw a corresponding red flash in the sky.
Tue, 03 Jan 2017 21:30 UTC
But Franky Lucena shot three rare Quadrantid meteors. He writes:
Comment: Also see:
- SOTT Exclusive: Four Fireballs Streak Across Irish Sky
- Three meteor fireballs recorded over France in three days
- Meteor fireball streaks across Turrialba volcanic eruption in Costa Rica
- Meteor fireball photographed hurtling towards ground in Wraysbury, UK
- A Different Kind of Catastrophe - Something Wicked This Way Comes