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US: Blue fireball sighted in California

I scanned your newsletter eagerly this morning looking for any other report of the comet/asteroid/meteor that was witnessed by my friend Sunday evening at sunset (I had my back turned). We were at Chase Palm Park packing up after a day of the arts and crafts show when my friend said she saw what she thought was a bottle rocket or home-made firework in the eastern sky.

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Update: Sweden's Weekend meteor 'very unusual'

A spectacular meteor spotted over Scandinavia on Saturday is likely to have landed in the Baltic Sea, south of Denmark

The meteor that streaked across the sky on Saturday night is likely to have crashed into the waters off the coast of Denmark, according to a leading astronomer.

Michael Linden-Vørnle, of the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen, said all evidence points to a landing site somewhere in the Baltic Sea south of the islands of Lolland and Falster.

The spectacular phenomenon lit up the skies of southern Sweden and eastern Denmark at 8:15pm on Saturday night for approximately eight seconds and prompted dozens of calls to police and emergency services from worried residents.

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Fireball over Southern Sweden and Eastern Denmark

You can view original article in Danish, here. Translation in English by a SOTT Reader.


Comment: Readers from Germany and the Netherlands at this link have also reported seeing the meteorite, which suggests that this was a fairly large "space rock". Keep watching the skies, 2009 may well turn out to be a "smashing" year...


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Mystical Meteor Lights Up Swedish Skies

A mystical light phenomenon was observed over southern and western Sweden on Saturday evening. Experts believe that a bolid - a burning meteorite - could provide the explanation.

SOS Alarm and the Gothenburg air-rescue service were bombarded with telephone calls from mystified observers across southern and western Sweden shortly after 8pm on Saturday evening.

Witnesses reported seeing a huge flash of light stream across the night sky.

"There are a great many people who have seen it. We have received phone calls from Trelleborg to Lidköping," said Annika Vestergård at the air-rescue service to news agency TT.

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US: Possible meteor rattles windows

Shreveport, Louisiana gets a fair number of visitors. And with recent movie activity, some might even be called stars; however, a guest from the heavens might literally have dropped in.

About 6 p.m. Thursday, people near Cross Lake saw a bright flash and heard an explosion that rattled windows and brought them out of their houses and onto their yards to look over the water. Speculation over what it could have been included a bomb and a methamphetamine laboratory hidden in the woods.

It took a while for people to arrive at the logical conclusion: It probably was a meteor.

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Canada: Motorist may have seen meteor New Year's Eve

Driving between Bathurst and Miramichi on New Year's Eve, one motorist and his passenger saw a different kind of fireworks in the sky.

Mike Gallant was on his way from Bathurst to Moncton when, at exactly 4:45 p.m., he saw a luminous teal-blue streak that lit up the darkening sky. "It looked like a meteor to me," he said. "It was clear as day to myself and my passenger."

He described the streak as being darker on the bottom and lighter in colour towards the top, although the entire object was extremely bright. "It completely brightened the sky," he said.

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US: Meteor spotted in California

Big meteor last night! (Jan 7) Anyone else see it?

Half Moon Bay, California - We were heading south on 1 at Montara Beach, Jan 7, about 8:45 PM.

The meteor appeared to the southwest. It was quite low, just above the treeline, but winked out before it was obscured by the trees.

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Fireball seen over Calgary, Canada

A fireball reportedly lit up the early morning sky south of Calgary early Monday.

The Canadian Fireball Reporting Centre received about a dozen reports of a meteorite falling to earth at about 5:45 a.m. but the hazy conditions have made it difficult to verify.

"I don't know how anyone saw it. There were a lot of clouds up there," said the University of Calgary's meteorite expert, Alan Hildebrand. "But it's possible there was a hole in the clouds that allowed them to see it. It's happened before."

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Fireball streaks across night sky over California

A glowing tomato-green fireball shot through the black Merced sky early Saturday, stunning those fortunate enough to see its brief life.

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Witnesses Report Fireball Streaking Across New England Sky

According to the astronomy Web site spaceweather.com, witnesses saw the meteor at about 9:30 p.m. in skies over New Hampshire, Maine and New York.