Fire in the SkyS


Meteor sparks fears of UFO, Iranian missiles in Israel

A relatively large and unexpected meteor streaked across the sky over central Israel Tuesday evening, sparking widespread fears that the nation was under attack by Iran, Syria, or perhaps aliens.

The large bright ball and flaming tail were visible around 8 PM and were seen by thousands of Israelis from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. As soon as the meteor had disappeared, burned up in earth's atmosphere, calls to the police began pouring in.


Witness account: Large meteorite seen over Cyprus

©Daniel Shabodia
The meteorite, as seen above Machmoret, Israel

Between 8:25 - 8:30 pm tonight, in the town of Larnaca (Southern coast of Cyprus) I was walking by the beach when I saw in the sky something like a ball of fire moving slower than a usual falling star, followed by a bright pink/red tail. Other people on the beach saw it as well and kept talking and wondering about it.

Comment: It appears that this is the same meteorite that was seen crossing Israeli sky at 08:15 pm.


Large meteor crosses Israeli skies

©Daniel Shabodia
The meteorite, as seen above Machmoret, Israel

A large meteor crossed Israel's skies on Tuesday evening, and was seen by many residents, mainly in Samaria, Army Radio reported.

According to citizens' reports, the object was seen at approximately 8:15 p.m., as it crossed the sky from east to west horizontally. Some witnesses said they saw two shiny objects in the sky, and others reported that they heard a shrieking sound.

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Canada: Fireball in sky not a plane, Halifax police say

Police investigating a report of a small plane crashing in Halifax say the glowing object was likely a flare.

Comment: Or a meteorite.

A group of children reported that a fireball nosedived to the ground in a wooded area off Herring Cove Road Wednesday evening.

Firefighters, police and search-and-rescue teams sprang into action. As a helicopter searched from above, police rode dirt bikes through the woods.


California, US: Mystery fireball streaks across sky

Witnesses across Southern California say they saw an object 'moving very fast across the northern sky' and falling near the San Bernardino Mountains. Officials have no firm answers on what it was.

Mystery Fireball
©LA Times

From Hollywood Hills to the Nevada state line, people reported seeing a fireball streaking across the sky and falling near the San Bernardino Mountains this morning. But explanations of the mysterious object were scarce.


Australia: Fireball at Ayers Rock

A weekend trip for astrophotography in central Australia can result in gorgeous skyscapes. In this example recorded in March of 2006, the center of our Milky Way Galaxy rises over planet Earth's horizon and the large sandstone formation called Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock.

©Joseph Brimacombe
Fireball at Ayers Rock


Australia: Plane, meteor or just a UFO?

It looked like a small plane that was on fire and about to ditch in the ocean, Port Macquarie's Luke Williams said.

To the policeman he spoke to it looked like a meteor or a piece of space junk that disappeared into the ocean.


Flashback Bangladesh: Mysterious booms rock city

Panic gripped city dwellers in the early hours yesterday when sounds of several explosions rocked parts of the capital city.

Neither police nor the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) could say anything with certainty about the explosions or from where the sound of explosions originated.

Some city dwellers heard six to seven loud explosion sounds in southern parts of Dhaka at around 12:40am yesterday.


Fireball photographed in South Dakota

KSFY has been contacted by several individuals, who report seeing several unidentified objects in Sioux Falls' western skies Thursday evening.

Comment: The National Weather Service explains it away as nothing more than a contrail, because of course the people in South Dakota had never seen one of those before, dontcha know. It would be outlandish to think, given all of the fireballs recently witnessed, that there would be yet another sighting, wouldn't it? Too many of those and people might start getting the idea that Something Wicked This Way Comes.


Fremont, California Fireball/Meteor Sighting

Date: June 14, 2008
Time: Approx: 11:55 p.m.

Location of Sighting: Fremont, CA.
Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Fireball.

Full Description of event/sighting: My wife and I, traveling south through Fremont, CA, around 11:55 pm, saw what looked like an extremely bright meteor descending toward the southern horizon. We cannot say that it was a UFO, but it was astonishingly bright and we at first thought a plane or some other object might be falling toward the local town of Milpitas. Only later, based on similar reports on Yahoo, did we conclude that it might be a meteor heading due south. However, it was much brighter than any meteor I have ever seen before. We note with interest: a) several reports of sightings in southern California that report the object moving north (rather than south, as in most accounts); b) there were similar sightings in Seattle and Portland; c) the coincident UFO sightings.