Fire in the Sky
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:43 UTC
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department got a call of a possible plane crash on the Lake Pontchartrain Levee near Severn Avenue shortly before 7 a.m.
Our news crew responded and talked to a woman who says she saw a green light streaking across the sky and thought that it could have been a plane that was crashing.
Numerous agencies responded to the call, including the Jefferson Parish Fire Department, The Sheriff's Department, Lake Pontchartrain Levee Police and The Louisiana State Police.
Now it appears that it could have been a meteor.
Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) received over 600 reports about a fireball seen over MS, GA, TN, LA, FL, AL, KY and TX on Wednesday, October 12th 2016 around 11:48 UT.
According to Mike Hankey of the AMS "This was rarer than most as it was seen early in the morning. Also several reports of big smoke cloud left behind."
The object was was first seen 65 miles above Sawyersville, Alabama and moved west at about 89,000 mile per hour. NASA said "It appears to have fragmented 41 miles above Louisville, Mississippi."
An eyewitness from Nicosia said he had seen a "very bright meteorite" at 6.30am, which was travelling from east to west.
Ioannis Fakas, the honorary chairman of the Cyprus astronomical society, told the Cyprus Mail later that he had accounts from two eyewitnesses who also saw the phenomenon while driving on the highway - near Stavrovouni, in the Larnaca district, and Petra tou Romiou, near Paphos.
According to the description provided by the witnesses, the meteorite was smaller than a football and it travelled at an altitude of around one kilometre.
There were no reports of it crashing on the island.
Early last month, residents of the mountain villages of Fasoula, Avdimou and Ayios Theodoros Agros called the police reporting a bright light and loud bangs believed to have been caused by a meteorite.
Police said they received reports of explosions from the higher regions but could not find anything despite their investigations.
Parts of the meteorite were thought to have fallen into the sea north of Cyprus.
The Daily Sheeple
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:48 UTC
All three meteor showers are visible through October and November.
First up is the Draconids, which begin tonight and should be visible through October 10.
The website Slooh is posting a special broadcast of the event this evening at 8 pm EST:
Most meteor showers peak well after midnight, but the Draconids are best seen between sunset and midnight when the radiant Draco is at its highest point in the sky. The meteors can appear anywhere, so just look up and wait for one to streak by. Then make your way inside and tune into the live Slooh show on October 7 to learn more about this reliable and occasionally spectacular meteor shower.
The Weather Network
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:12 UTC
At around 6:45 a.m. EDT, Friday, October 7, a particularly resilient piece of space rock entered Earth's atmosphere over Georgian Bay, and blazed a bright trail across the predawn sky.
Reports submitted to the American Meteor Society - 165 at last update - have come in from locations throughout southern Ontario, and as far away as Kalamazoo, MI, Columbus, OH, and around Syracuse, NY.
Peter Brown, a meteor scientist at the University of Western Ontario, found that the university's network of all-sky cameras had captured a spectacular view of this meteor as it passed overhead.
Long-lived (10 sec), bright fireball over Georgian Bay last night - captured on many of @westernu meteor cameras. @westernuScience #fireball pic.twitter.com/voCTeUO0ao
— Peter Brown (@pgbrown) October 7, 2016
Long-lived (10 sec), bright fireball over Georgian Bay last night - captured on many of @westernu meteor cameras. @westernuScience #fireball pic.twitter.com/voCTeUO0aoYoutube user DrClockSmasher also caught this one, as he was riding his motorcycle through northeast Metro Detroit.
— Peter Brown (@pgbrown) October 7, 2016
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 01:46 UTC
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 23:01 UTC
Comment: Less than a week ago, Spain enjoyed another stunning fireball:
Spectacular meteor fireball lights up the skies over southern Spain
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 04:46 UTC
It was spotted by skywatchers in Philadelphia, the northwest suburbs and in South Jersey, social media posts indicated.
A camera at the University of Toronto Scarborough Observatory captured the fireball on video. It released a time-lapse video on Twitter.
Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) received over 700 reports about a fireball seen over MI, PA, NY, OH, MD, Ontario, NJ, DC, WV, DE, MA, VA, Québec, CT, IN and VT on Wednesday, October 5th 2016 around 02:34 UT.
The fireball sightings could be one of the "top 10 events of the year" in terms of the number of received reports, according to Mike Hankey, operations manager for the AMS. "What struck me is that people from Canada to Southern Maryland saw it," Hankey added. "That means it was pretty bright."
Reports here of people hearing the accompanying shockwave.
Carleton University student Scott Smithson was walking on a trail in Kanata, Ontario, on Monday evening, when he caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a meteor streaking through the sky.
Smithson managed to take a picture of the flying fireball. While it appeared to have the characteristics of a meteor, it's possible it was something else.
A bright fireball that soared through the skies over Britain Monday night, was at first thought to be a meteor, but a U.K. meteor network said that it was moving too slowly, and might in fact be debris from a satellite.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:05 UTC