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Flashback Mystery Object Crashes Through Massachusetts Ceiling - Meteorite?

At Gerrity Stone in Woburn, they know a lot about rocks. But they can't identify the one that punched a hole through their roof the other day.

NewsCenter 5's Kelley Tuthill reported that experts are examining the object, trying to determine exactly what it is.

"No one around here has ever seen anything like this. A real mystery," said Gerrity's Alan Weiner.



Mysterious space rock (it's called a meteorite!) determined to be radioactive

WOBURN, Mass. -- Experts say the rock-like object that fell from the sky in Woburn is not a meteorite.

However, they say the item probably is something from space and is radioactive.

The object came crashing through the roof of a warehouse in Woburn last week.


Comment: Not a meteorite - probably is something from space? What explanation are they going to come up with this time?


What was that? Loud Boom over Vermont

Middlebury - A quiet summer afternoon was shattered around 3:00 Monday, when a loud boom could be heard and felt for miles around.

"It was very loud," Bob Bergstrom said.

"It was impressive that the whole building shook," Netaka White said.

The loud boom was followed by the sound of people asking -- what was that?

Comment: If hearing the sonic boom from the check flight is unusual, then maybe another explanation is in order?

From Cassiopedia, Sonic boom:
The sound of a sonic boom depends largely on the distance between the observer and the aircraft producing the sonic boom. A sonic boom is usually heard as a deep double "boom" as the aircraft is usually some distance away. However, as those who have witnessed landings of space shuttles have heard, when the aircraft is nearby the sonic boom is a sharper "bang" or "crack". The sound is much like the "aerial bombs" used at firework displays.


Meteor streaks over airspace - Sonic boom wakes many; miners see fireball break up

A very bright, loud meteor streaked over Custer County airspace early Monday morning. Two miners saw a large fireball light up the Squaw Creek drainage as bright as day, then break up into half a dozen smaller pieces and fizzle out.

The sonic boom woke sleepers and lit the skies from the Pahsimeroi, Challis and Clayton, to Stanley. The meteor was spotted from Pine and Featherville, to Boise and McCall.


Sri Lanka: Catch a falling star

It was a quiet Sunday night in Kovinna, Andiambalama. At 9.05 p.m., 24-year-old H.T. Nadeeshani was having a bath at the well in her garden when she noticed something unusual in the western sky. A bright light, almost as large as the full moon, appeared to be moving towards her in a wide arc. Alarmed by thoughts of terrorist air attacks, she called out to her neighbour, Mrs. Renuka Jayakody. Together they watched fearfully as the glowing object drew closer, landed on the Jayakodys' roof and vanished completely. A few minutes later the air vibrated with a loud explosion.

The next day they discovered that parts of the asbestos sheets on the roof were charred and cracked. A few pieces of rock and sand were scattered around the damaged area.

Similar incidents were reported around the country that night. Several people in areas such as Puttalam, Maho and Bingiriya also noted the appearance of the bright light in the sky as well as the loud explosion. "We thought it was another air attack or the beams from the airport," says K. Sarath, a trishaw driver in Kimbulapitiya who watched a flaming object land on a house and heard the booming sounds soon afterwards.

Prasanna Jayakody shows the damaged roof.

In Campbell Place, Dehiwala, the roofs of two buildings were damaged, and a loud noise was heard. "24 asbestos sheets were broken," says M.D. Sampath who works in one of the buildings, adding that there was no sign of what caused the damage.


Meteor shower lights up sky, Fort Worth - Texas

Did you think you were wishing upon a falling star Wednesday night? Sorry, it was just burning space debris.

What many people saw was the beginning of a minor meteor shower, named after the constellation Bootes, according to Ron DiIulio, director of the University of North Texas' astronomy lab program.

What's causing this meteor shower? The Earth is passing through the tail of a comet.


Was blinding light a meteor?

COLOMBO: The object which spewed a blinding light that lit the night skies in several areas of the North Western Province on Sunday is suspected to be meteor.

The light was accompanied by huge booming sounds.


Sky Explosion?: Mysterious 'explosion' creates a tense situation in Sri Lanka

A tense situation was created in some areas in the Gampaha and Kurunegala districts last night following a mysterious noise similar to an explosion.

However later it was revealed that the noise and the light could be from a falling meteorite of some magnitude. The Arthur C. Clark Center also claimed that the sound may have been caused by a meteorite explosion.


UFO lights up Darwin night sky

A Territorian could not believe his eyes when he saw a strange object beaming in the night sky.

John Ganter, 49, said he saw a bright green ball with two flaming tails flash across the sky.

''It looked like a comet, but with two tails,'' he said.

''It was quite a sight.

''I have never seen anything like it, just burning up in the sky.''

Mr Ganter was walking near Darwin's Nightcliff jetty about 8.30pm on Friday when he saw the unidentified flying object, which was visible for a couple of seconds.


Venus (?!) causes a stir in Picton, NZ - UFOs, meteor showers?

Whatever their theory, Picton residents have been noticing strange lights in the sky in recent weeks, with people reporting spectacular, multicoloured lights dancing above the horizon to the west.

The phenomenon has a scientific explanation that's a little more mundane, said David Turner, a local member of the Royal Astronomical Society.

"It's the planet Venus," he said.