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Hunt on for Argentine meteorite

The space rock reportedly crashed late Sunday somewhere in Entre Rios Province, some 260 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, reports the daily Clarin, which quoted a witness, Milton Blumhagen, a student and astronomy buff: "For three or four seconds I saw an object in flames, changing color until it turned blue when it approached the ground.'' A fire department source said the impact was felt for miles around. No damage was reported.

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Man 'targeted by aliens'...er, meteorites

A Bosnian man whose home has been hit an incredible five times by meteorites believes he is being targeted by aliens.

Experts at Belgrade University have confirmed that all the rocks Radivoje Lajic has handed over were meteorites.

They are now investigating local magnetic fields to try and work out what makes the property so attractive to the heavenly bodies.

But Mr Lajic, who has had a steel girder reinforced roof put on the house he owns in the northern village of Gornja Lamovite, has an alternative explanation.

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Oh, Really? Mysterious sky fireball video explained by experts



Fireball over New Zealand
©Andrew Corner
Jet vapour trail or something else?

A bright shining light that streaked across the Canterbury sky at sunset earlier this week has now been identified by the experts.

A deer hunter on a mountain top near Arthur's Pass caught the object on his video camera, allowing astronomers to take a look at it as well.

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Dubai: Did fish die due to meteorite?

An eagle-eyed 7DAYS reader believes this picture (below) could hold the answer to the mysterious fate of thousands of dead fish that were washed up on a beach in Jumeirah. Chenine Groenewald pictured what she thought was a meteorite falling from the sky on Monday.

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©Chenine Groenewald

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Flashback India: Dense celestial shower again over Rajasthan

Rajasthan has once again witnessed the fall of a large meteorite, continuing with the unusually dense celestial shower over the desert State during the past decade. An iron meteorite fell at Kanvarpura village near Rawatbhata, where the Rajasthan Atomic Power Plant is situated, in the bright sunlight on August 29.

At least 10 cosmic bodies have fallen in the State, especially in its western parts, since 1995. The previous meteorite fall was reported at Bhuka village in Barmer district in June 2005. The Kanvarpura celestial object, made of iron, is the rarest of the three kinds of meteors, the other two being stony and stony iron meteors.

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Canada: Bright object falling from sky believed to be bolide meteor

An ancient remnant from the formation of the solar system may have lit up the sky over Kingston this week.

The Whig-Standard and a renowned local astronomer received reports of a glowing object falling to earth Monday evening.

The skywatchers reported seeing what appeared to be a glowing object in the northwest sky that was plunging toward the ground around 10 p.m.

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UK: Not an earthquake, but town is shaken by a sonic boom

Did the earth move for you last Wednesday night?

It did for quite a few Bridlington residents who contacted the Free Press to find out if we had another earthquake.

In fact, local phone lines were red hot as friends and neighbours rang each other to see if they had also heard and felt a loud thud or bang.

Dave Garrity was at home in Wentworth Road at 8pm when he heard a noise like someone jumping up and down on the top of his bay window.

"I went out to have a look and found practically the whole street had come outside to see what was going on."

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Flashback Mystery source, likely sonic boom, shook Southeast Missouri last week

A possible sonic boom heard last week by residents across southeastern Missouri and eastern Arkansas could help researchers better understand earthquake hazard.

At 2:48 p.m. last Wednesday people for more than 200 miles, from Forrest City, Ark., to Cape Girardeau, felt what they thought was an earthquake.

Scientists at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at the University of Memphis in Tennessee know it was not.

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UK: Fighter jet's sonic boom behind 'tremor'

A sonic boom caused by an American F-15 fighter jet carrying out a supersonic run was behind a mysterious "tremor" felt across Norfolk on Thursday and not an earthquake, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Norfolk police received a flurry of calls shortly after midday from worried residents reporting a possible earth tremor - and the strange event was the talk of the force's Wymondham headquarters where members of staff also felt the earth move.

Bizarro Earth

Flashback Arthur C. Clarke on the tsunami's aftermath and the roles of science fiction and technology in predicting future disasters

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Although the devastating tsunami struck coastal areas only a few kilometers from Colombo, I have not ventured out to see any of its damage. I am not sure if I can bear to look at what the killer waves have done to my favorite beaches in Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, and elsewhere along Sri Lanka's southern coast.

The New Year dawned with the global family closely following the unfolding tragedy via satellite television and the Web. As the grim images from Banda Aceh, Chennai, Galle, and elsewhere replaced the traditional scenes of celebrations, I realized that it would soon be 60 years since I conceived the communications satellite (in Wireless World, October 1945 -- I still think it was a good idea).