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US: Scientist - Meteorite could have made 'boom'

A mysterious "boom" that resounded across Vancouver, Washington early Friday may have been an extraterrestrial wake-up call, theorizes a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Vancouver.

"I can't think of any other explanation, other than a fairly substantial gravel quarry explosion," said Jeff Wynn, research geophysicist with the Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Local gravel quarries reported no activity, especially at 6 a.m.

Several online readers last week offered theories about the noise, which some reported rattling windows and spooking animals. But, in a story on Saturday, experts ruled out some of the obvious theories. It wasn't a thunderclap. It wasn't a volcanic eruption. As far as emergency managers know, nothing exploded on the ground.

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US: Fireball streaks through Texas sky

Waco - Residents from Waco to Madison County reported seeing a flaming object streaking through the western Central Texas sky Monday morning, but there is no confirmation yet what the object may have been.

One resident reported to KBTX-TV she saw the object above the Kroger store in College Station.

Another reported seeing it while driving on Wellborn Road in College Station.

A resident also saw it in Madison County.

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US: Meteor creates fiery spectacle over Wise County

A cosmic visitor created a brief spectacle over the pre-dawn Wise County skies Friday.

Most likely a meteor plummeting to earth in a blaze of glory, the fireball streaked down on an easterly arc roughly above U.S. Route 58 down toward what appeared to be a destination in the Tacoma area, at least from the perspective of White Oak Road atop the Tacoma Mountain Road ridgeline, looking south.

The fiery falling object was witnessed shortly before 6:30 a.m., or roughly a half-hour before sunrise. Daybreak motorists on U.S. 58 would have had a nice view of an unusual event during their morning commute, the fireball breaking apart into two pieces before flaming out in the same instant at what appeared to be just a few hundred feet above the terrain.

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Celestial Esoteric Stuff and The Socio-Political Nitty Gritty

A recent article on Sott.net about Alex Jones' possible negative influence on a man who shot three policemen in the US last week has generated some interesting commentary from readers and brought into sharp focus a question that goes right to the heart of the problems facing humanity today.

The article in question by Max Blumenthal of Alternet states that the 22-year-old gunman Richard Poplawski "was a neo-Nazi wannabe who railed against blacks, Jews, Zionists and gun control" and also seemed to find common ideological ground with Alex Jones. Poplawski appears to have been particularly incensed by Jones' reports that Obama was planning to institute a socialist dictatorship wherein all guns would be outlawed. While grouping Jones with White Supremacist Neo-Nazis may be doing the thing too brown, it is true that Jones has repeatedly stated that "the first step in establishing a dictatorship is to disarm the citizens."

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Puerto Rico: Another Guanica Fireball Sighting

At 6:45 a.m., employees of the Public Buildings Authority (Autoridad de Edificios Públicos--A.E.P.) witnessed a luminous object crossing the horizon from West to East along the southern shore between Lajas and Guánica. According to the workers, the brilliant object resembled "acetylene light". Upon reaching a certain distance, the object shattered in two and fell into the sea. We cannot dismiss the possibility of an aerolith that broke up after reaching a certain altitude, being subjected to drastic temperature changes that resulted in a mid-air explosion.

Comment: For those who are unfamiliar with the term "aerolith", it is a meteorite consisting mainly of stony matter.


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US: Illinois Boomerang UFO described as one mile wide

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Looking Back: Witness photo from Dec. 15, 2007, case. See story below.
A northwest, Illinois, man says he came out of his home March 6 after hearing a rumble and feeling his home shake - and witnessed a mile-wide UFO moving across the sky, according to testimony filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database.

"This thing just 'floated' across the sky," he stated. "The body was a shiny black, which at times looked like it was blending into the sky."

He describes the object as he and a girlfriend watched it move.

"As we both watched the lights go over our road, the back light of cloud cover began to reveal a solid object from one light to the other. I could see that it was one enormous craft shaped exactly like a boomerang. We both were in awe."

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England: Did you see a meteor?

A meteor has been spotted above Rutland.

Andrew Shirley, of Willow Close in Uppingham, spotted the bright light above the town on Sunday at about 8.10pm.

Back in October there were other reports of a similar sighting over the town.

Comment: There was also a fireball seen in Ireland on Sunday at 1230 BST.


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US: Latest reports include fireball over Montana; metallic disc in Colorado

Plevna, Montana - 4/6/2009 - A fireball was observed streaking at a steep angle towards the earth, approximately two miles south of Plevna. The object appeared to be a brilliant fireball, with a streak of fire trailing behind it. The object was observed for one-to-two minutes, dimmed in intensity, growing brighter, then dim again before disappearing over the horizon. What is unusual about this sighting is what happened next. The object suddenly reappeared, and shot back up into the sky, following the same path as when it had descended. Witnesses reported that the object was traveling at a high rate of speed in both directions.

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Northern Ireland: Security cameras clue to fireball

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The light in the sky is thought to have been a shooting star
Security cameras in Northern Ireland may shed some light on the cause of a massive fireball in the sky on Sunday.

The shooting star was reported at about 1230 BST by people living as far apart as Donegal and Cork.

David Moore chairman of Astronomy Ireland said they were fairly certain it was a rock from space which could have landed somewhere in Ireland.

He said they were very keen to hear from anyone who has footage of what is suspected to be a meteor falling.

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Virginia, US: Suffolk man says he saw meteor hit

Thousands of people saw the Big Boom, the Big Bang, the not-a-Russian-rocket-but-a-meteor as it blazed across the mid-Atlantic sky on Sunday night.

But only one person has said he saw where it landed.

Joe Butler of Suffolk says he was driving south across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel when night turned briefly into day.