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Scientists: What struck house was a meteorite

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP - The mysterious object that shot through the roof of a two-story home earlier this week was identified by scientists as a meteorite, police said Friday.

But the fate of the extraterrestrial mass, likely formed with the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago, has emerged as another unknown in the case of the second known meteorite to fall in New Jersey.


Mystery light over Singapore

It's a meteor. It's a green flash. Or is it all in the mind?

Intermittent bursts of green streaks across Singapore skies on Sunday evening have set communities abuzz with talk of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings and experts debating the phenomenon.

The light was seen around 7.40pm in areas including Woodlands, Bedok, Bukit Panjang, Clementi and Marina.

While some readers said it was a green light, others observed a blue and white glow. The light resembled a fireball with a "tail", lasting for a few seconds in the sky before disappearing, they said.

"There was a light flying very fast going towards Sentosa and it was shaped like a rocket," said self-employed businessman Mr Abdullah Yusof, 48, who was at Harbourfront Centre with his family. The phenomenon lasted for less than a minute, he added.


Alleged Russian Rocket Comes Down Over Wyoming

"NORAD identified the rocket as an SL-4 that had been used to launch a French space telescope in December, and Kelly said U.S. spacewatchers knew the rocket was coming down."
Peterson Airforce Base, Colorado - A spent Russian booster rocket re-entered the atmosphere Thursday over Colorado and Wyoming, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing flaming objects in the sky at the time the rocket was re-entering, NORAD spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Sean Kelly said.

"It was pretty spectacular," said Riverton Police Capt. Mark Stone, who said he saw the burning object while he was retrieving his newspaper. "My first concern is that we had some sort of aircraft that was coming down. It was definitely leaving a burning debris trail behind it."

Stone said he could tell it was fairly large object, but it was too high to make out exactly what it was.

Comment: On a number of occasions the public has been warned in advance of falling rocket debris and it's generally a big deal. Here they say that "rocket watchers knew" it was coming down, yet nobody said a thing.

Somehow, we find their explanation to be disingenuous.


New Zealand: Explosions from outer space

When a series of monstrous explosions shook inland Waverley one July afternoon, farmer Jim Ross thought a plane had crashed.

The big bangs happened on July 7, 1999, just after 4pm, and a report on the unusual astral event was issued last month by Jennie McCormick of Auckland's Stardome Observatory.

The phenomenon was caused by a meteor - a piece of rock left over from the formation of planets - entering Earth's atmosphere.

Just after 4 o'clock on that July day, Mr Ross had stopped his motorbike on Kohi Rd, about 4km inland from Waverley, to talk to a neighbour.

"Firstly I heard a big bang, then a whole lot of crinkling noise like someone screwing up silver paper.


Red 'fireball' likely space junk

Minutes before she sat down to watch television Monday night, Marcie Kinney was beckoned by her husband and son to step outside of their Grant-Valkaria home.

A red fireball streaked across the sky from west to east just above the tree line.


Meteor Shoots Across Scottish Skies?

AT first he froze with fear as what appeared to be a burning aeroplane dropped from the sky towards a Midlothian field.

But when he realised he wasn't witnessing an aviation disaster unfold as he took his daughter to school, David Carson reached for his camera.

For the next ten minutes, the 40-year-old took dozens of pictures of a strange streak of light across the Lothians sky that eventually broke into an orange glow and then appeared to hit the ground.

Magic Wand

Fireball Friday 15th December Over Albuquerque

I've gotten several reports of a pretty spectacular fireball last night over the Albuquerque area, at around 6:40 p.m. One reader described it as having "a very long yellow tail and the most brilliant electric blue head you could imagine".

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Fireball Streaks Over Colorado At Dawn

DENVER -- A bright fireball streaked across Colorado early Friday, prompting a number of e-mails to 7News, and calls to authorities and researchers, but no debris was immediately reported.

"It came in from the east, over the plains, and was seen to disappear over the mountains to the west," said Chris Peterson, a meteor researcher with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.


The world's biggest meteor crater

Two billion years ago a meteorite 10km in diameter hit the earth about 100km southwest of Johannesburg, creating an enormous impact crater. This area, near Vredefort in the Free State, is now known as the Vredefort Dome.

It was voted South Africa's seventh World Heritage site at Unesco's 29th World Heritage Committee meeting in Durban in July 2005.

Magic Wand

Frequent Fireballs

Have you ever stepped outside after dinner to walk the dog--just in time to see a bright fireball streak across the sky? It makes you wonder, how often does that happen?

Pretty often, according to astronomer Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center. Using a computer model of Earth's meteoroid environment, he made this plot showing the global number of fireballs per day vs. the brightness of the fireball:

Fireball frequency Chart

Comment: So all of the reports in the newspapers? Fugettaboutit. Nothing important here, folks. Move along.