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Slow-moving bright meteor fireball over Trinidad and Tobago

Meteor fireball over Trinidad
SOME lucky citizens were on Tuesday night treated to what appeared to be a meteor blazing its way into Earth's atmosphere, looking much like a comet as it streaked across the sky.

The fireball appeared to have been visible mostly to those living in Central and Northern Trinidad and a number of people yesterday posted video clips of the celestial activity, accompanied by exclamations of wonder.

According to the Trinidad and Tobago Weather Centre, most people said the event took place between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

One video, recorded from a vehicle, also showed two smaller, round lights that at first appeared to be following the meteor, but many surmised that these were generated by the lens of the camera.

While "shooting stars" are commonly spotted, they are usually much smaller and burn up quickly.

The much larger object making its way across the local sky elicited a variety of comments.

Some were extremely pleased at the opportunity, while others joked that the object may have been the reviled "soucouyant" of local lore, an alleged vampire fabled to be an older woman who sheds her skin at night to stalk her victims.


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Watch: Meteor fireball over the Mediterranean

The fireball originated from a rock from a comet entering the earth’s atmosphere
© Meterorides.net
The fireball originated from a rock from a comet entering the earth’s atmosphere
A Spectacular fireball passed over the Mediterranean just off the coast of Almeria in the early hours of Sunday morning.

SMART project detectors at the Calar Alto observatory in the Filabres mountains and at observatories in the Sierra Nevada and Seville captured stunning images of the fireball as it made its way across the night sky at 3.44 am on October 13 at an altitude of some 95 kilometres.

Meteoroides.net explained on social media that the "beautiful and slow" fireball originated from a rock from a comet entering the earth's atmosphere at a speed of around 58,000 kilometres per hour.


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An asteroid flew past Earth last night. No one knew about it until it was gone

asteroids solar system

NASA-certified NEOs in the inner solar system, as of 2018.
While much of the world was sleeping soundly and the remainder were going about their daily lives, an asteroid roughly half the size of the Statue of Liberty shot past the Earth at 22,000mph (35,406kph).

Asteroid 2019 SR8 is considered a 'near-Earth object' or NEO by NASA, and whizzed past us at a distance of over 3 million miles around 03:45 BST Wednesday. SR8 measures between 65 and 144 feet in diameter (20 and 44 meters).

For comparison, Rome's Colosseum is 157 feet (48 meters) tall and the leaning tower of Pisa measures some 183 feet (56 meters) tall. The flyby fun doesn't stop today though.

Comment: Clearly, there are far more asteroids/comets in the inner solar system these days. This is obviously connected with why meteor fireball events have gone way up. And yet the media still refuses to touch this story!

What's it gonna take people? Kersplat??

Just last week, there were SIXTEEN fly-bys of NEOs:

Asteroid swarm: SEVEN asteroids to zoom past Earth today! NINE more later this week...

Incoming! ANOTHER asteroid - discovered just today - to make fly-by this week


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Brilliant midnight meteor fireball lights up sky over northeast China

A meteor lights up the midnight sky over the northeastern China provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang in this dashcam and surveillance camera video views taken on Oct. 11, 2019.
© CCTV
A meteor lights up the midnight sky over the northeastern China provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang in this dashcam and surveillance camera video views taken on Oct. 11, 2019.
It turned night into day.

What appears to be a dazzling meteor lit up the sky over northeast China on Friday (Oct. 11), appearing as a brilliant fireball in surveillance videos of the event.

The meteor occurred at about 12:16 a.m. Beijing Time, turning night into day and casting dark shadows as it streaked through the sky, according to the state-run CCTV. Videos of the fireball were captured by surveillance cameras in the city of Songyuan in the province of Jilin, as well as by many residents across northeast China, CCTV reported.


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Incoming! ANOTHER asteroid - discovered just today - to make fly-by this week

Asteroid
© Pixabay
Earth is soon set for another close shave with a hurtling space rock as an 111-foot asteroid is poised to skim past our planet on its closest approach for 115 years.

First spotted by astronomers only earlier this week, the asteroid dubbed 2019 TA7 is set to fly by Earth at a speed of over 22,500 miles per hour at 6:53pm ET on Monday, data from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) reveals.

The new celestial visitor is estimated to measure up to 111 feet in diameter and is among a group of recently discovered asteroids that have been traveling close to Earth in recent days.

Comment: See also: Asteroid swarm: NASA detects 16 space rocks hurtling towards Earth this week


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Over 100 report seeing large meteor fireball over Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Fireball (stock)
© TravelLife/Shutterstock
Stock image
If you saw a fireball streak across the sky on Saturday evening you're not alone.10TV received several reports from people in central Ohio who saw a bright meteor with a long trail across the sky.

The American Meteor Society says it received more than 130 reports about the fireball, seen over Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

It was likely a product of the South Taurid meteor shower.

The shower is caused by leftover debris from Comet Encke. It's not very active, you're lucky to see five to seven meteors an hour at its peak, but it is known to produce fireballs.

Comment: On October 5th, the American Meteor Society received 119 reports of a meteor over the southeastern US.
We received 119 reports about a fireball seen over AL, FL, GA, NC, SC and TN on Saturday, October 5th 2019 around 10:26 UT.
AMS member Salvatore T. caught the fireball on his doorbell camera:




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Asteroid swarm: SEVEN asteroids to zoom past Earth today! NINE more later this week...

Asteroids
© ESA via globalookpress.com
The largest asteroid from the group is bigger than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. According to the agency's Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), Earth will see a total of seven asteroids fly past on October 8. As noted by CNEOS, these asteroids are 2019 TU, 2019 TW1, 2019 RK, 2019 TC1, 2019 SB6, 2019 TM and 2019 TS.

These asteroids will arrive starting early on Tuesday.

Although most of these asteroids will approach Earth from very safe distances, one of them is expected to fly close to the planet.

According to CNEOS, 2019 T1 will zip past the planet from 0.00378 astronomical units or roughly 351,000 miles away, which is just slightly greater than the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

Comment: If space agencies the world over are anything to go by, mitigating the threat of space rocks is increasingly high on the agenda, and for good reason:


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Meteor shower or space junk? Geologists probe mystery of fireballs over Chile

raining fireballs
© National Park Service
When a barrage of fireballs recently rained down on Chile, many assumed it was a meteor shower and moved on. However, analysis has since dismissed that theory and experts are struggling to explain the unidentified falling objects.

The mysterious, fiery phenomena crash-landed in seven locations in Dalcahue City on the Chilean island of Chiloé late last month. They sparked a flurry of blazes which firefighters had to scramble to extinguish.

Initial news reports claimed that the fireballs were likely a meteor shower, however an analysis by geologists from Chile's National Geology and Mining Service has since found that none of the seven crash sites contained any traces of meteorite.

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Meteor fireball widely reported over France

Observers map of AMS event 4940-2019
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
Observers map of AMS event 4940-2019
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 246 reports about a meteor fireball seen over France (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Île-de-France, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire, Grand Est, Hauts-de-France, Normandie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) on Wednesday, October 9th 2019 around 17:47 UT.

A video of the event (4940-2019) was uploaded to the AMS website.


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Pilots film stunning trail of 'UFO' as they fly over Mexico: Pentagon says it's from a Trident missile launch

rocket mexico comet

Missile... or something else?
The crew of a passenger plane traveling to Mexico got a rare opportunity to witness a test-launch of a Trident nuclear missile as it flew over the Pacific Ocean. Unaware of what it was, they filmed the dramatic sight.

A beautiful streak of light that exploded outward into a wide beam of white light turned out to be a Trident missile. In the footage, the crew can be heard saying 'Wow,' as they look out at the shooting star beside their Airbus liner.

The video published by The Drive was shot from a plane flying from Guadalajara to Tijuana sometime in early September. It clearly shows two-stage separations as the missile launched from the Ohio-class submarine USS 'Nebraska' skips through the sky westward.


Comment: Hmmm...

We're skeptical.

Trident test-fires are usually solitary launches, and are sometimes fired in pairs. But four in quick succession?

And why did the Navy press release give a vague date range and landing location (where the missiles come down onto a target range) on this occasion? They usually specify when and where a missile was launched and came down.

Also, whoever sent that video to The Drive didn't include the time/date on which the pilots flew.

As the Drive article points out:
We don't know the distance of the aircraft to the missile, and of course, the aircraft's altitude and range from the missile is going to make a difference as to where it appears in the sky from the aircrew's perspective, but this looks too flat even taking those factors into account.
Now, we've reported on this kind of sighting many times over the last two decades, and they're typically connected with test-launches of missiles. What often happens though is that a missile launch is associated with the sighting/footage after the fact, and often very clumsily at that.

The RT article above says the video "clearly shows two-stage separation" of a missile, but there's nothing clear about it. The thing is, that 'separation' feature has been observed in similar videos that have been taken of objects that could not be tied down to a nearby missile launch.

What we're getting at is that these pilots may have witnessed something coming into the atmosphere, at a 'flat' angle, not leaving it...

For more on the similarities of missile and comet/meteor trails, check out:

Incoming! Meteor or Comet Fragment Explodes Above Southwestern US, Prompting US Army 'Missiles' Cover-up

Reading Celestial Intentions Through the Wrong End of the Telescope: Missiles, UFOs and the Cold War