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Damage Control? Sonic booms increase with weather, training

The recent bout of cold weather and a wave of training exercises have contributed to an upswing in sonic booms, according to officials from nearby air force bases.

The noises frequently occur during routine aircraft testing at sites like Edwards Air Force Base, 50 miles west of Barstow.

When colder weather hits, sonic booms can travel well beyond their normal 70 to 100 mile range, especially during the months from November to April, according to John Haire, director of operations and media relations chief at the base.

The sound travels better when temperatures drop, said Haire, adding that cloud cover also causes the sonic booms to reflect off both the ground and the cloud ceiling, bouncing the sound waves farther.


Eke, Belgium - Two Red/Orange Fireballs

Posted: February 5, 2009

Date: February 3, 2009
Time: 8:52 p.m.
Number of witnesses: 2
Number of Objects: 2
Shape of Objects: Round without tail.

Full Description of Event/Sighting: Two red/orange fireballs without tail moving from SSW to NNE. Very bright light, like a rounded candle flame that just got lit. Moving with a continuous speed, horizontally in the night sky. At one time, the second object seemed to stand still for a couple of seconds, moving a bit from left to right and back. And then continued it's way afterwards to disappear in the far sky.


Australia: Gold Coast sonic boom remains a mystery

Guanaba Gorge

Guanaba Gorge
Authorities are baffled by a mystery explosion that shook the ground around Guanaba, west of the Gold Coast, last night.

A spokesman for the seismological office in Brisbane said their instruments had not recorded any ground shockwaves, despite dozens of residents reporting hearing a loud noise and vibrations.


US: Sonic booms have Islanders jumping

Marco Island, Florida - Is it a bomb? Is it a plane? Or is it a sonic boom? Loud bangs have Islanders looking to the sky with wonder.

Comment: How about a meteorite exploding in the upper atmosphere?

Occasional loud booms had Marco Islanders and others in Southern Collier County wondering what the noise was Wednesday and Thursday.

Marco Island city officials received several calls about the banging noises, said Public Information Coordinator Lisa Douglass.

Police Chief Thom Carr said officers heard the noise too, but they weren't sure what they were.


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.