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Space Junk?

Recorded Tuesday at about 2 am, the thirty minute long color film exposure also captured a bright but mysterious object that moved slowly across the sky for over an hour. Widely seen, the object began as a small point and expanded as it tracked toward the North (left), resulting in a comet-like appearance in this picture. What was it? Reports are now identifying the mystery glow with a plume from the explosion of a malfunctioned Russian rocket stage partially filled with fuel. The rocket stage was marooned in Earth orbit after a failed communication satellite launch almost a year ago on February 28, 2006. A substantial amount of debris from the breakup can be tracked.

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Big meteor lights WA sky

PERTH residents were treated to a natural sky show last night when a glowing green meteor lit the southeastern sky.

Perth Observatory astronomer Ralph Martin said reports of a big meteor began flooding into the observatory from all over the metropolitan area about 10.15pm.

"It was reportedly travelling from west to east and was breaking up as it went," Mr Martin said.

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Green meteor flashes night skies

A meteor with a green coloured tail flashed across Perth's skies last night, prompting several calls to Perth Observatory.

People as far south as Dunsborough and as far east as Chidlow reported seeing a flaming ball course through the heavens from about 9.30pm.

Observatory astronomer Andrew Williams said some witnesses reported seeing the meteor break up

Bizarro Earth

Action plan for killer asteroids

A draft UN treaty to determine what would have to be done if a giant asteroid was on a collision course with Earth is to be drawn up this year.

The document would set out global policies including who should be in charge of plans to deflect any object.

It is the brainchild of the Association of Space Explorers, a professional body for astronauts and cosmonauts.

At the moment, Nasa is monitoring 127 near-Earth objects (NEO) that have a possibility of hitting the Earth.

The association has asked a group of scientists, lawyers, diplomats and insurance experts to draw up the recommendations.

Comment: Where's Bruce Willis when we need him!


Meteor

Unexplained 'big bang' heard throughout Ohio region

Newark - Something happened at around 9 p.m. Wednesday that a lot of people heard.

But nobody seems to have any idea what it was.

What it was, though, might forever remain a mystery.

It was a loud bang, something loud enough to be heard across southern and central Ohio, and loud enough to make small objects move in houses. Reports have rolled into The Advocate from Hanover to Heath, from Buckeye Lake to Granville, and NBC4 heard reports from Muskingum, Fairfield and Pickaway counties.

Rumors range from an earthquake to a meteor strike, a sonic boom to something ice-related.

Was it simply falling ice? That's what many, including NBC4's Jym Ganahl, believe. But many also went outside to check because it sounded like their houses had been hit.

Coffee

Strange noise might have been meteor

NEWARK - Something happened at around 9 p.m. Wednesday that a lot of people heard, or even felt.

What it was, though, might forever remain a mystery.

"It" was a loud bang, something loud enough to be heard across southern and central Ohio, and loud enough to make small objects move in houses. Reports have rolled into The Advocate from Hanover to Heath, from Buckeye Lake to Granville, and NBC4 heard reports from Muskingum, Fairfield and Pickaway counties.

Comment: Reports from Ohio to New Jersey. The night of the Super Bowl, there were reports of another from Minnesota down to Missouri and east into Illinois and Ohio.

Something's happening, and it is happening with greater frequency. Last week another was spotted in Turkey and one in the UK....

Nervous, anyone?


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Meteorite Causes Damage - Or Maybe Not

A 'METEORITE' seen flashing through the sky before destroying a tree in Mexborough turned out to be a meteor-wrong. Or did it?
Denaby student Shane McGarrigle and two friends turned detective after they saw a flash in the sky and heard a huge bang as they walked near Ferryboat bridge last Wednesday night.

Bomb

Three Killed In Suspected Meteorite Fall In India's Rajasthan

Three people were killed and four injured in a mysterious blast in a village in India's northern Rajasthan state Thursday that villagers claim was caused by a meteorite, news reports said.

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Meteor lights up the sky (UK)

A meteor has been spotted falling to the Earth.

The shooting star was engulfed in bright flames as it shot towards the ground over Hangleton, Hove, at about 8.15pm yesterday.

Meteor

Mysterious lights in sky spur calls to State Patrol

Not everybody was watching the Superbowl last night, some Iowans were watching mysterious lights in the sky. The Iowa State Patrol got about a hundred calls from people who saw bright orange or red flashes in the southern sky between seven and eight P.M.

Some people thought it may've been an aircraft on fire, but none are missing. Experts say it may've been meteors but there's no known major meteor shower underway right now. Doug Rudd, of the Des Moines Astronomical Society, says he thinks it was "space debris, some satellite or a rocket booster that was coming back through the atmosphere and breaking up."

Comment: We have run a couple of other articles about this particular fireball. This article has, however, some classic rationalizations: there is no known major meteor shower underway at the moment, and so it must be space debris... except that ""The amount of data that's available to us to track those things is quite voluminous and when something like this does occur, it really does take people off guard."

We bet.

Notice they are saying no "major" meteor shower underway, which should give some indication as to the spectacular show people saw on Sunday night.

And, somehow, we have the feeling that it is only going to get worse. People are going to be caught more and more off guard... and not from space debris.