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England: Bradford, Yorkshire - Looked Like A Large Fireball In The Sky

Posted: February 2, 2009

Date: January 13, 2009
Time: 5:20 p.m.
Number of witnesses: 3
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Ball.

Full Description of event/sighting: I was watching TV in the bedroom when I caught a glimpse, out of the corner of my eye of what appeared to be a fireball in the sky.


India: Meteorite hits Akhnoor

A meteorite hit Akhnoor area in Jammu, Saturday night following which many astronomical organizations rushed their teams to study the phenomenon on the spot.

The meteorite, according to the locals, descended in the open ground at 11.25 pm. However, it didn't cause any damage to life or property, owing to its smaller size and low velocity, the locals added.

Many astronomical organizations including Indian Space Research Organization, TATA Institute of Research and the Kashmir University dispatched their teams to the area.


Meteor Spotted Over Le Mars, Iowa

Did anyone else see the crazy falling star on Wednesday night?

I was driving into Le Mars from the north, and when I was about a mile out of town, I saw a giant blue-green falling star with some white flecks, which looked like it was headed straight for my little house.


US: Massachusetts & Rhode Island Fireball 23JAN09 8:48pm EST

Fireball sighting: Observers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are reporting a "huge, pulsating blue-green fireball" sighted within minutes of 8:48 pm EST on Jan. 23rd. It was bright enough to be seen through heavy cloud cover, according to one witness.
Source: Robert Woolard, USA

Masspike fireball: Last night a meteoroid of unknown size hit Earth's atmosphere over New England. Its bright, blue-green disintegration startled motorists driving along the Massachusetts Turnpike and surrounding areas: eye-witness accounts.


Canada: Meteor spotted over northern Alberta

Experts say a meteor that lit up the sky over Alberta likely burned up before reaching the ground.

The bright flash of light was spotted all over northeastern Alberta around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

"I was just out for an evening walk ... and I saw it going across the sky and it was dropping," said Lana Goguen of Bonnyville. "It was still quite a distance away south of Bonnyville. As it was streaking through it was kind of an orangy-reddish colour and it had a small trail, but it wasn't the long, streaking trail."


Loud booms heard in Grand Island, US

The loud booms heard in Grand Island Tuesday night and this morning are believed to be starling control measures or the acts of curious youth. Milt Moravek, program manager of the Central Platte Natural Resources District, said the NRD began shooting off propane cannons last Friday night for starling control.

"It just scares them away from our area," Moravek said.

The NRD has used the sound abatement method in the past to prevent the flock from roosting at the NRD headquarters office at 215 Kaufman Ave. It informed the city last week that the cannons would be shot off around dusk for about seven to 14 days.


Sault Saint Marie, Ontario, Canada: A Bright Green Fireball With Tail

Date: January 20, 2009
Time: Approx: 7:15 p.m.
Location of Sighting: Highway 17 north just east of Sault Saint Marie.
Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Round.

Full Description of event/sighting: We were driving home and we saw a bright green fireball the size of a beach ball in the sky going from west to east at a high rate of speed.


US: Blue fireball sighted in California

I scanned your newsletter eagerly this morning looking for any other report of the comet/asteroid/meteor that was witnessed by my friend Sunday evening at sunset (I had my back turned). We were at Chase Palm Park packing up after a day of the arts and crafts show when my friend said she saw what she thought was a bottle rocket or home-made firework in the eastern sky.


Update: Sweden's Weekend meteor 'very unusual'

A spectacular meteor spotted over Scandinavia on Saturday is likely to have landed in the Baltic Sea, south of Denmark

The meteor that streaked across the sky on Saturday night is likely to have crashed into the waters off the coast of Denmark, according to a leading astronomer.

Michael Linden-Vørnle, of the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen, said all evidence points to a landing site somewhere in the Baltic Sea south of the islands of Lolland and Falster.

The spectacular phenomenon lit up the skies of southern Sweden and eastern Denmark at 8:15pm on Saturday night for approximately eight seconds and prompted dozens of calls to police and emergency services from worried residents.


Fireball over Southern Sweden and Eastern Denmark

You can view original article in Danish, here. Translation in English by a SOTT Reader.

Comment: Readers from Germany and the Netherlands at this link have also reported seeing the meteorite, which suggests that this was a fairly large "space rock". Keep watching the skies, 2009 may well turn out to be a "smashing" year...