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Puerto Rico: Another Guanica Fireball Sighting

At 6:45 a.m., employees of the Public Buildings Authority (Autoridad de Edificios Públicos--A.E.P.) witnessed a luminous object crossing the horizon from West to East along the southern shore between Lajas and Guánica. According to the workers, the brilliant object resembled "acetylene light". Upon reaching a certain distance, the object shattered in two and fell into the sea. We cannot dismiss the possibility of an aerolith that broke up after reaching a certain altitude, being subjected to drastic temperature changes that resulted in a mid-air explosion.

Comment: For those who are unfamiliar with the term "aerolith", it is a meteorite consisting mainly of stony matter.


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US: Illinois Boomerang UFO described as one mile wide

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Looking Back: Witness photo from Dec. 15, 2007, case. See story below.
A northwest, Illinois, man says he came out of his home March 6 after hearing a rumble and feeling his home shake - and witnessed a mile-wide UFO moving across the sky, according to testimony filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database.

"This thing just 'floated' across the sky," he stated. "The body was a shiny black, which at times looked like it was blending into the sky."

He describes the object as he and a girlfriend watched it move.

"As we both watched the lights go over our road, the back light of cloud cover began to reveal a solid object from one light to the other. I could see that it was one enormous craft shaped exactly like a boomerang. We both were in awe."

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England: Did you see a meteor?

A meteor has been spotted above Rutland.

Andrew Shirley, of Willow Close in Uppingham, spotted the bright light above the town on Sunday at about 8.10pm.

Back in October there were other reports of a similar sighting over the town.

Comment: There was also a fireball seen in Ireland on Sunday at 1230 BST.


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US: Latest reports include fireball over Montana; metallic disc in Colorado

Plevna, Montana - 4/6/2009 - A fireball was observed streaking at a steep angle towards the earth, approximately two miles south of Plevna. The object appeared to be a brilliant fireball, with a streak of fire trailing behind it. The object was observed for one-to-two minutes, dimmed in intensity, growing brighter, then dim again before disappearing over the horizon. What is unusual about this sighting is what happened next. The object suddenly reappeared, and shot back up into the sky, following the same path as when it had descended. Witnesses reported that the object was traveling at a high rate of speed in both directions.

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Northern Ireland: Security cameras clue to fireball

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The light in the sky is thought to have been a shooting star
Security cameras in Northern Ireland may shed some light on the cause of a massive fireball in the sky on Sunday.

The shooting star was reported at about 1230 BST by people living as far apart as Donegal and Cork.

David Moore chairman of Astronomy Ireland said they were fairly certain it was a rock from space which could have landed somewhere in Ireland.

He said they were very keen to hear from anyone who has footage of what is suspected to be a meteor falling.

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Virginia, US: Suffolk man says he saw meteor hit

Thousands of people saw the Big Boom, the Big Bang, the not-a-Russian-rocket-but-a-meteor as it blazed across the mid-Atlantic sky on Sunday night.

But only one person has said he saw where it landed.

Joe Butler of Suffolk says he was driving south across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel when night turned briefly into day.

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Meteor believed to have caused bright flash and loud 'thunder' on Sunday

Keen observers of weather might have noticed something odd about the flash of light and the subsequent loud rumble at around 10 o'clock on Sunday night - something that might have tipped them off that it wasn't just thunder and lightning.

A spokesman for the U.S. Naval Observatory said the official belief now is that the brilliant flash, dimmed substantially on the East End by the thick cloud cover, and the very loud and sustained rumble that followed half a minute or more later were actually caused by a large meteor, called a bolide, or fireball, streaking through the earth's atmosphere and bursting apart.

"We were sitting watching television ... and from where I was sitting I could see a bit of light," said Al Marino, who lives with his wife, Eve, in the Northwest Woods section of East Hampton. "Then there was a rumbling, not a boom at first, and then -

boom!

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Canada: Fireball leaves 'great glow' in Alberta

Some early risers in Alberta got a glimpse of a fireball streaking across the sky Tuesday morning.

University of Calgary geologist Alan Hildebrand said about a dozen witnesses reported the sight to the Canadian Fireball Reporting Centre.

A meteor, weighing between 10 and 100 kilograms, broke into pieces southeast of Calgary about 6:30 a.m. local time and likely burned up before hitting the ground, said Hildebrand.

Roger Kunkel was driving from Raymond to Lethbridge just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when he saw a "great glow" in the sky coming from the southeast and heading north.

"Sort of a blue and then breaking up into pieces. It was like you could almost go out into the field and find it, it was so close. It was a beautiful sight."

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Canada: Residents in Alberta and Saskatchewan spot brilliant fireball in morning sky

Calgary - People in Alberta and Saskatchewan spotted a brilliant green fireball streak across the sky early Tuesday morning.

University of Calgary geologist Alan Hildebrand says about a dozen witnesses have reported the sight to the Canadian Fireball Reporting Centre.

He says the meteorite, weighing between 10 and 100 kilograms, broke into pieces southeast of Calgary about 6:30 a.m. local time.

He says it likely burned up before hitting the ground.

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Canada: Fireball streaks across early-morning sky in Edmonton

Early risers might have seen a rainbow-like light dash across the the sky Tuesday morning.

At about 6:30 a.m., Andy Topma was parked outside his workplace at 4770 94th Ave., sipping coffee, when he noticed a bright green flash outside his left car window.

"It was screaming along the sky," Topma said. "As it went farther away, it actually started to change colour. It looked like it was changing to a yellow or red or orange."

From where I was sitting, it looked like it might have hit the ground."