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Meteor delights B.C. Stargazers

KELOWNA -- Startled stargazers were treated to a rare and beautiful sight this week when a brilliant meteor streaked through Okanagan skies.

"It was an amazing, vibrant sight, a fireball with a white centre, blue halo and a long pink tail," said Connie Denesiuk, who, with her husband, Bob, happened to see the meteor from the deck of their Summerland home.

The unusually large shooting star was visible for just a few seconds around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

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"Amazing" explanation! Object that fell from sky not a meteorite. It's just a piece of scrap iron dropped out of the sky.

The mysterious metallic object that crashed through the roof of a central New Jersey family's home earlier this year was not a meteorite after all, geologists said Friday.

While the rocklike object looks like a meteorite, scientists say it is a stainless steel alloy that does not occur in nature and is most likely "orbital debris'' - or plain terms, scrap iron.

It's still a mystery where the object came from.

"That's the $64,000 question, and there's probably no way to answer it,'' said Rutgers University geologist Jeremy Delaney. "A piece of scrap iron dropped out of the sky. The question is how did it get into the sky in the first place? That one I simply cannot answer.''

Srinivasan Nageswaran, whose family discovered the silver object after it crashed through the roof and into the upstairs bathroom of his home in Freehold Township, was disappointed by the news.


Exceptionally Brilliant Fireball Seen Over Spain

The 112 Emergency switchboard collapsed due to the number of phone calls received.

Phenomenon "very likely to have caused meteorites", according to one researcher.

Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Toledo and Valladolid are some of the provinces of the center of the Spanish peninsula that witnessed the transit of an "impressive" fireball, according to Josep M. Trigo of the Red de Investigacion sobre Bolidos y Meteoritos. The 112 Emergency switchboard collapsed by phone calls from spectators only a few minutes later.


Did the earth move?

Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Or was it, goodness gracious, great balls of fire?

To be honest, no one is entirely sure, but police were inundated with calls from Warana and Kawana residents who heard "some sort of explosion" just before 10.30pm on Wednesday.

Some reported seeing a bright flash in the sky at the time of the bang, with others claiming their house shook from the noise.

Kawana's Island Keys resident manager Chris Hobart and her husband Bob likened the noise to an explosion.

"We were working inside and heard it, and being a manager of a complex, we thought the gas bottles had exploded or something," she said.


Stones keep falling on our heads: Experts checking reports on another Altai bolide

Experts of the "Kosmopoisk" all-Russia scientific research association are now checking the recent reports on a bolide, which had allegedly dropped to the earth in Altai Territory on Monday, Vadim Chernobrov, leader of the expedition, which is now searching for the meteorite that struck the earth there in January, told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

He said local people had notified the expedition members that a new celestial object had hit the earth on Wednesday evening.

"They said a bright celestial body flew from west to east over Klyuchevsky and Rodinsky districts at 22.23 local time (19.23 Moscow time). It is difficult to say whether the object struck the earth or not," Chernobrov said.

However, local people claim that they saw how the "celestial guest" had descended and dropped east of Rodinsky District, setting the forest on fire.

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Researchers Find Meteorite Fragments In Altai

A group of Russian researchers looking for a meteorite that fell in January in the Altai Territory in southern Siberia has found an extraterrestrial substance which could be meteorite fragments, a coordinator said Monday. "We have collected about 50 samples, and vitreous threads (traces of comet substance) were discovered in the first of them using a microscope," Vadim Chernobrov of Kosmopoisk (space search) said.

"We will reach the meteorite site in a few days, but rocks which are probably meteorite fragments have already been found," Chernobrov said.


Fireball over Colorado - sonic booms

This fireball occurred at 11:00 PM MDT [April 20th, 2007] over western Colorado. Witness reports for the event began pouring in almost immediately, mostly from the Denver area.

Captured image of meteorite that produced sonic booms in the Rockies.


Fireball over Colorado - outshines full moon

This fireball occurred at 5:12 AM MDT over central Colorado.

From the Cloudbait camera. The setting full Moon is seen at the horizon to the right (azimuth 218°)

Comment: Yes, just the usual Aquarid shower - just ignore the fact that it outshone a full moon - nothing to see here - move along.


Meteor photographed exploding above Zagreb, Croatia

A Meteor weighing about 300 grams and falling in an angle at about 90 deegres and with a speed of about 40 km per second exploded above Zagreb at an estimated height of 60 km, just 1,5 second before hitting the ground, and made a flash as strong as 300 to 400 megawatts.

Comment: There is the usual disclaimer of these events, that it is just part of the Lyrid meteor rain and implied therein, that there is nothing to worry about.

If there is nothing to worry about then why is there a total media blackout of this event outside Croatia?

That is more telling than anything, especially in light of numerous similar events in recent times. If you are interested see our meteor suppliment Here


'UFO debris' may be lava or meteor chunk

The University of Washington research engineer who analyzed a mysterious black fragment that some thought was debris from a UFO said it's probably a meteor chunk or old lava.

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· Is strange rock from UFO or just a piece of poppycock?

"I'm not a geologist, but this looks like old lava or maybe ancient mud to me, because it's all full of little gas pockets, and gas pockets have crystals coating the inner walls," chemistry department researcher Bill Beaty said in an analysis

Watch a video of the analysis

"If it's got little crystal incrustations, then at one point it had to be deeply buried."