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Bright meteor fireball observed over southern Spain

© SMART Project (screen capture)
Fireball recorded over Spain just one minute after the start of summer (June 20, at 22:35 UT).

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Multiple sightings of a meteor fireball over Japan

© RocketNews24
Recordings of multiple sightings of the bright light also show the visible plume it left as it streaked down from the sky.

Social media lit up in Japan on the night of June 18, with Japanese users posting images of a fireball seen hurtling towards earth, visible for several seconds as it streaked through a vast stretch of night sky. Eyewitness reports came in from the Kanto and Tohoku regions of Japan between 10:50 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., with many posting pictures of the trail of cloud it left behind.

The plume, brightened by the light of the moon, showed the path that the apparent meteor took as it made its way through the atmosphere.


Meteor fireball filmed over the state of São Paulo, Brazil

This earthgrazer meteor was filmed by cameras of the Brazilian Meteor Observation Network (Bramon) over the state of São Paulo, Brazil on June 14, 2016.

They managed to catch the beginning (VLW station), middle (CSP station) and the end of the flight (HAL station) and thus to calculate the trajectory of the space rock.

Comment: See also this report of another fireball two days earlier from the same region: Bright meteor fireball streaks over Sao Paulo, Brazil


Meteor fireball spotted in skies over Massena, New York

© 7 News WWNY
A 7 News viewer caught what might have been a meteor falling from the sky over Massena.

The pictures were taken by Sara Lytle after 4 p.m. near the St. Lawrence Centre Mall.

Her fiance, Justin Smith, says she spotted the fast-moving object by BJ's Wholesale Club and followed it all the way to Alcoa Park.

Comment: Just two days before, a fiery meteor fireball blazed across SE Canada and NE United States


Fire from the sky? Raging wildfires spark evacuations in Sicily, police suspect arson

© NAS Sigonella / Facebook
Police say they believe arsonists are behind a wave of raging wildfires which have engulfed several parts of northern Sicily resulting in evacuations, hospitalizations and substantial fire damage.

Firefighters have been battling more than 500 wildfires which broke out Wednesday and Thursday, spreading quickly due to strong winds and affecting the regions of Palermo, Agrigento, Trapani and Messina.

A number of homes were evacuated in Palermo and more than 15,000 were left without electricity, according to ANSA. Motorways and highways have also been closed as a result of the blazes.

Comment: Or could a meteor/fireball breaking up have started the fire?

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Fiery meteor fireball blazed across SE Canada and NE United States

© Neil Zeller Photography
Meteors like this one, captured last year by photographer Neil Zeller, can be seen about every 15 minutes on any given night.
I was outside, enjoying a nice dinner and drink on a Montreal rooftop Tuesday evening when I saw it - a large fiery ball that blazed across the night sky. Then, as fast as it had appeared it was gone.

The entire incident, which occurred at around 9:30 p.m. ET, lasted all of five seconds, but the fear and paranoia set in for the rest of the night.

The end is near.

Social media

I took to the web to understand what had just happened. I was not prepared to rule out the possibility of alien invasion quite yet and neither were some in the Twitterverse.

Several people turned to Twitter to ask what the ball was.

Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) received over 150 reports (event 2083-2016) about a fireball seen over SE Canada and NE United States on Wednesday, June 15th 2016 around 01:29 UT.

© American Meteor Society (screen capture)

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Bright meteor fireball seen in Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania

This was likely seen in several other nearby states. updates.

Please help get the word about this event so that we might recover security camera video or cell phone captures.

If you have a video or still image please send to me @ [email protected] ; Thank you!

Sighting Reports

10JUN2016 Brian Leland, NC 22:02, EDT,pm 2-3 seconds North east not sure of direction I was facing blue, green Venus no, left trail behind it the color caught my attn and the angle which it fell from the sky

10JUN2016 Steve Williams wrote-"Myself and several friends were attending an outdoor party when we all noticed a bright fireball speeding through that sky. It appeared to be a meteor or fireball. I've never seen anything like it before. It was flying over Glen Allen, VA 23059 at approximately 9:30 pm EST."

10JUN2016 Michael Pearson Charlotte CH, VA 2200 EDT 8 sec Looking east, falling diagonal right to left. Bright blue flashes Bright enough to light up the sky. Very bright Unknown Very amazing. Most spectacular meteorite I've ever seen. Awesome enough for me to look up meteorite sightings.

Comment: To learn more about our increasing fireball activity, including its cause, effects, and role in human history, read Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.

See also:


Impact over Northern Ireland: Hoax or government cover-up?

© Unknown
On February 13th, 2001, a strange airplane crash was observed in the Southwest corner of Northern Ireland, less than a mile away from the border with the Republic of Ireland. There was no airplane, but despite credible witnesses of what may have been an impact event, the story was quickly squashed as a genuine mistake, and then as a hoax. The manner in which this story was squashed with slashing diminutives begs the question: If this is indeed a cover-up, then why?
BBC News, February 13, 2001
Aircraft crashes on mountain

Police in Northern Ireland are investigating reports that a light aircraft has crashed in County Fermanagh.

It is understood that a plane came down at Benaughlin Mountain near Kinawley shortly after 1800 GMT.

It is believed helicopters are being used in the rescue effort.
One day later the same site had the following report:
Tuesday, 13 February, 2001, 20:56 GMT, BBC News
Mystery surrounds 'plane crash' reports

Mystery surrounds the source of flames and smoke in the sky over County Fermanagh which has sparked a major search operation.

© Unknown
About 12 people described seeing flames and smoke on the side of the Benaughlin Mountain, near Kinawley, on Tuesday night.

Paul McCaffrey, who raised the alarm with a friend, is convinced he saw something in the sky with smoke billowing from it.

"I saw a dot at the front and a black trail of smoke leading down at an angle towards the mountain," he said.

A British Army helicopter using heat sensitive equipment also flew over the area.

But following more than three hours of extensive searches, nothing was found.

Comment: The author seemed to be having something of a prophetic moment. In the fifteen years that have passed since this article was written, the number of fireballs and meteorites has continuously increased at an exponential rate. It's only a matter of time before one does a serious amount of damage that can't be covered up or explained away.

We wait and watch.

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Bright meteor fireball streaks over Sao Paulo, Brazil

© YouTube/Exoss Citizen Science (screen capture)
A fireball visual reported over Sao Paulo on fireballs.imo.net, filmed by Exoss Citizen Science, brazilian meteor monitoring.

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The Kinawley meteorite mystery

On Tuesday, 13 February 2001, at about 6pm, a call was made to the emergency services to report the crash of a small aircraft on Benaughlin Mountain, near Kinawley in County Fermanagh.

Soon, police officers and soldiers were deployed in the area, while a helicopter fitted with heat-seeking equipment searched from the air.

However, nothing was found, and the police were able to establish that all local aircraft were accounted for. The search was called off at 10pm.

The general consensus amongst the emergency services was that the call had been a hoax.

But other's came forward: people, from both sides of the border, who believed they had seen a plane crash. "I saw a dot at the front and a trail of smoke leading down an angle towards, the mountain. I know what I saw," said one witness in Kinawley.

Comment: Back in 2001, such events weren't as common and widespread as they are today. Comets, meteors and fireballs in the sky and becoming more a part of the mass-conscious and today such an event would likely be described as such.