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East Coast USA Meteor Sightings 2NOV2010

Fireball / Asteroid
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Tokyo, Japan - posted from reader/observers within 10 minutes of event at about 7:20pm EDT .

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"Driving home from work this evening, around 7:20 pm ; Initially I thought it was the vapor trial from a jet as it caught my attention (we live south of Logan Airport) Then I could see it looked like a ball of fire with a comet-like tail behind it, but was moving much slower and was much bigger than a shooting star. I was worried that it might be a jet on fire and crashing because I could see it breaking up and a shower of debris behind it and it was coming in at an angle like a jet. It was traveling South-East to North-West - and I was in North Quincy MA heading east at the time. Very strange; I've never seen anything like it." -- Amy B., Quincy, MA (contact info)


Flashback Meteor Fireball Explodes Over Netherlands

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A fireball meteor zipped across the Netherlands sky Tuesday evening before exploding in to the North Sea, an expert says.

The Netherlands just escaped a natural disaster from a meteor. Many Dutch people in the Netherlands witnessed a large "fireball" meteor in the sky. In the north people heard a bang and saw flashes. Also on Twitter people reported on the phenomenon.

The Groningen astronomical Theo Jurriens confirmed that this was a very bright meteor and at one point burst into three pieces.

About one hundred reports have been received from people who have seen the fireball. From the north of the Netherlands there are reports of people who heard rumblings when the meteor passed by and buildings were shaking.

Several pictures of the fireball meteor have been posted on the internet.


Fireball Over Serbia and Macedonia

Vranje, Belgrade -- Milan Jeličić of the Ruđer Bošković Astronomical Society says that a bolide was seen in the sky above Serbia last night.

Serbian Fireball
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"A bolide is a luminous meteorite which is more luminous than Venus and is accompanied by sound effects which are created as it disintegrates," he explained.

According to him, one could not see anything from the observatory Kalemegdan observatory due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Tanjug news agency correspondent from Vranje reported that a light ball was seen in the sky last night at 19:32 in several towns in that part of the country.


Mysterious booms rock North Carolina coast

Wilmington - It's not clear what caused those booms that rattled south coast last week. But methane escaping from the ocean or even a small meteorite have been suggested as culprits.

John Huntsman is an associate professor of geology at UNC-Wilmington. He heard a boom on Friday but isn't sure of the cause. There was a second Saturday.

It wasn't an earthquake because there was no seismic activity. Military bases reported no aircraft exercises.

Similar booms have been heard along the South Carolina coast in the past. Suggestions have included methane bubbles being released below the ocean and breaking the surface.


Raining Soyuz rockets as usual: Mystery 'falling star' was Soyuz rocket body plunging to Earth. Or was it?

© PerthNowFALLING STAR: PerthNow reader Robin Scott captured this "falling star'' over Morley early Saturday morning.
The mysterious "falling star'' sighted over Perth early Saturday morning has been identified as a Soyuz rocket body which was scheduled to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.

PerthNow reader Robin Scott captured these images of what appeared to be a "falling star'' early Saturday morning when he was in the Morley area looking east or south-east.

Bickley Observatory government Astronomer Ralph Martin initially said he was unsure what the strange lights in the sky were, but said it appeared to be some kind of man-made object "re-entry''.

Mr Martin did some research and gave PerthNow the answer 24 hours later.

"It was a Soyuz-U Rocket Body that was due to re-enter the earth's atmosphere at 6.40am WAST, instead it re-entered 1.5 hours (90 minutes) earlier, which isn't that unusual, off the southern coast of Australia,'' Mr Martin said.


US: More reports of booms and shakes Saturday morning

Residents across Southeastern North Carolina said something shook their homes Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

What was it?

It wasn't an earthquake - at least not one large enough to register, said Kenneth Taylor, assistant state geologist with the N.C. Geological Survey.

"It doesn't mean it didn't happen, but it probably was pretty small," he said.

Residents across the area, from Holden Beach to Leland to Wilmington, claim to have felt their homes shake at about 2:20 p.m. Friday and again after 10 a.m. Saturday.

Beverly Corne, of Carolina Beach, posted to the StarNews Facebook page this morning that she heard a loud boom around 10:15 a.m. and another one about 20 minutes later. Other readers reported booms from Monkey Junction to downtown Wilmington to the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus around the same time Saturday morning.

Jim Barnes, who lives on Covington Road near Bradley Creek Elementary School in Wilmington, said he was sitting on his couch reading on Friday when his home began shaking, a tremor that lasted about three seconds.

"I have heavy custom-made storm doors and they rattled like it was an earthquake," he said.


US: Smithville Man Almost Hit by Meteorite

Jimmy Duncan with Meteorite
© WKRN.comJimmy Duncan was nearly hit by a meteorite in August as it fell from the sky.
Smithville, Tennessee - A Smithville man witnessed something only 1,000 people have ever experienced.

In August, while walking down the street in Smithville, Jimmy Duncan and his girlfriend, heard and then found a meteorite

"My girlfriend and I were walking down the street and we heard an awful whistle," he recalled. "We looked around to see and all of a sudden, I heard a thump."

The meteorite had hit the asphalt pavement, left a hole and then bounced onto the sidewalk.

Duncan knew what it was, but had no idea how rare his experience actually was.

Of all the meteorite findings around the world, just over 1,000 cases are called "falls" or situations where people witness the meteorite hitting the earth.


Did Earth Encounter Pieces Of An Alien Visitor Last Night

Comet Hartley 2
© David A. Aguilar (CfA)Periodic meteor showers have been called the bones of comets. The Quadrantid meteor shower, visible in January, are the remains of an ancient comet observed by Chinese, Japanese and Korean astronomers 500 years ago.
Did Earth encounter pieces of an alien visitor last night? Apparently so! It appears tiny pieces of Comet Hartley 2 may have presented a spectacular and startling sky show across the country yesterday.

NASA meteor experts had predicted it was a long shot, but the evenings of November 2nd and 3rd might display a meteor shower from dust which puffed off this visiting comet as it passed within twelve million miles of Earth. And indeed, the Center for Astrophysics has collected several sightings of bright meteors called fireballs, which result when comet dust burns up in Earth's atmosphere.

Helga Cabral in Seascape, California, reported after 9 pm last night, "I saw a bright white ball and tail, arcing towards the ocean. It was quite beautiful and it looked like it was headed out to sea and so picture perfect it could have been a movie!" Three thousand miles away just north of Boston, Teresa Witham witnessed a similar cosmic event.


Fireball Seen Over New Zealand

Weather Watch is receiving reports of a large light streaking and exploding across the sky in the early hours of the morning.

The fireball was witnessed at 1:45am.

A visitor to Weather Watch described the object as "very fast" and was seen moving in a low trajectory west to east.

"As it passed to the east of us there was a huge ball of flame then object continued on as it appeared to us earlier when about 7-8 seconds later another huge ball of flame before it disappeared" says the visitor, posting an eyewitness report on our Meteors Eyewitness Reports page.

Comment: This interesting event may be related to the recent fly-by of the Comet Hartley 2 (C/103P/Hartley).

Scientists Watch for a "Hartley-id" Meteor Shower


Rip-roaring fireball - Nov 2, 2010 - New Mexico

I did not see any "Hartley-ids" in my all-sky fireball captures this morning. At least no fireball-sized ones.

But I did capture a rip-roaring sporadic fireball. I made a movie of the meteor with its strong dopplering head echo in stereo at 61.250 MHz and 83.250 MHz. The full radio reflection reflection lasted about a minute. This movie is only 8 seconds or so, head echo only 1 MB.

Watch Video Here.