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Sparks fly over meteorite

It's a story worthy of an "Indiana Jones" sequel: Drawn by outlandish legends, a controversial collector journeys to Peru, purchases pieces of a rare meteorite under shady circumstances, then has to hightail it across the border to Bolivia with police in hot pursuit. Now the plot is nearing its resolution - and the finale could make another meteorite-size splash.


US: The Thing From Space That Destroyed the Car

Luckily for astronomers, it was a Friday night in the autumn. That meant that hundreds of thousands of people were at high school football games, many with camcorders at the ready to preserve any gridiron heroics. What they preserved as well, from at least 16 different locations from Kentucky to New York, was the path of a fireball across the sky as it streaked northeastward at better than ten miles a second.

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Meteorite Crater Guarded by Peru's Police after U.S. Citizens Attempt to Traffic it

Peru's official government news agency reported yesterday that the crater where a meteorite fell in Puno, Peru was being guarded by 20 of Peru's National Police officers.

Chief of the police station, Major Victor Anaya stated that the officers had been placed near the meteorite landing site to keep a group of U.S. citizens from trafficking pieces of the meteorite.

Comment: It seems strange to call it a meteorite landing site, but that could be a translation issue.


Mysterious Object (A Meteor) Falls From Minnesota Sky

Residents from the Twin Cities to the southwestern corner of Minnesota and into Iowa reported seeing a flaming object shooting through the sky Wednesday, and experts said they may have been watching a meteor.

Shortly after 2 p.m., people across the Twin Cities reported seeing a "metallic" object or "flaming ball" falling from the sky, according to broadcasters and emergency dispatchers who got hundreds of calls from people in Edina, Maple Grove and other suburbs. The callers said they saw the object traveling from the northeast to the southwest.


Fireball seen in sky across Minnesota was meteorite

The blazing orange and yellow fireball that Minnesotans reported seeing flash through Wednesday afternoon's clear blue sky was probably a meteor.

And State Patrol officials are confident that the potential meteor did not transmogrify into a wood pallet that caused a minor disruption to drivers in Rogers. "It fell off a vehicle," patrol spokesman Mark Peterson said of the pallet, which was soon removed from Interstate 94 near Highway 101.

Bizarro Earth

Flood of UFO calls after meteor

The Herald Sun phones rang hot last night with reports of a UFO sighting in Melbourne.

People from Lilydale to Mt Eliza and Richmond to St Albans called about 9.45pm to say they had seen an amazing bright blue light in the sky with a long blue trail.


Meteor lights up the sky

A GREEN-HUED meteor lit up the sky above Victoria last night, prompting calls to emergency services and astronomical groups.


Brightest Meteor in 30 years lights up Finland Sky

According to the Finnish astronomical association, Ursa, the brightest meteor to cross Finnish skies in 30 years was seen by many people in Lapland, some of whom placed frantic calls to authorities.

Glowing more than 100 times brighter than a full moon the exploding fireball may have weighed up to 200 kilograms.


Mysteries remain over Peru meteorite impact

Conspiracy theorists will be disappointed. The object that exploded and formed a crater that emitted mysterious gases in Peru on 15 September was a meteorite that hit soil where the subsurface water table was high, according to the first official report from geologists who have returned from the scene.


Red fireball and explosion seen by many over Alaska

Several Kodiakans saw something fall from the sky Tuesday morning that may have landed in mountainous terrain on Kodiak Island. The incident prompted 911 calls and a helicopter search was launched from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, but no crash site was found.

The pre-dawn lightshow happened about 6:45 a.m. and could be seen from several places on Kodiak Island. Some witnesses described a light moving across the sky toward the Gulf of Alaska. Others saw an explosion and red tracers. The light was bright enough to be seen from Kodiak city and Chiniak, about 20 miles away across Chiniak Bay.