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England: Mystery surrounds great balls of fire

Mystery surrounds unidentified flaming objects which Borehamwood residents claim to have spotted in the night sky in the past two months.

On September 6, Khristian Rawlings was shocked to see two large balls of fire, the size and height of a large aeroplane, whizzing across the sky as he stood on the balcony of his home in Howard Drive.

A month later, on November 5, Lisa Talbot saw a brightly burning flying object, also traveling at the height of a plane, as she left a fireworks display at the town's Meadow Park.

Father-of-one Mr Rawlings, 24, said: "They came across at around 9.15pm. They were orange, and the only way I could describe them is as a bubble with a fireball in the middle. They were very bright, going at some speed, and traveling towards London.

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Massive Siberian blast remains a mystery

Nearly a century ago, a tremendous explosion rocked the remote forests of Siberia. To this day, the weird event is considered to be one of the world's greatest unsolved mysteries.

On the morning of June 30, 1908, a massive explosion occurred in the air above the remote, isolated forests near the Stony Tunguska River in Siberia, Russia. For that reason, it is often called the Tunguska event.

The blast was estimated to be between 10 and 20 megatons of TNT -- 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The explosion felled an estimated 80 million trees over an area of 830 square miles. The shock wave is estimated to have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale, according to a Web site.

One eyewitness who lived about 40 miles south of the explosion described the sky being "split in two" and fire appearing high and wide over the vast forest.

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Tunguska Meteoroid's Cousins Found?

It's a cosmic whodunit: a meteorite exploded in the air near a remote part of Russia called Tunguska in 1908, and the meteorite that caused the event all but disappeared. Where did it come from? Was it an asteroid or part of a comet? Astronomers have taken up the case, using mathematical simulations to track down the perpetrator. They even think they might even know a few of its siblings.

Tadeusz J. Jopek and his team at the Astronomical Observatory UAM in Poland - in collaboration with the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur in France - looked for the possible origins of the Tunguska meteor by essentially running the explosion backwards, and mathematically simulating where the parent object of the event would have been before the impact.

By taking the existing forensic evidence of the impact to estimate the velocity and impact angle of the Tunguska meteorite, the team was able to simulate the possible orbit and speed of the object before it hit the earth. In doing this, they created 3311 virtual "particles" as possible origins of the object.

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SOTT Focus: Something Wicked This Way Comes

War, rumors of war, corrupt governments run by psychopaths, phony terrorism, burgeoning police states...but is that all we have to worry about? What if there was something to put it all in context? Or rather, what if there is something else we are missing, something that is beyond the control of even the political and corporate elite; something that is driving them to attempt to herd the global population to an ever finer order of control...

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US: Fireball Seen in South Dakota Skies

Last night we told you about an object seen in the sky over North Dakota that was described as a fireball.

This morning something similar was seen in South Dakota.

An object was seen in skyline this morning, but what it was is still not known.

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Fireball in South Dakota

The first clip of video was taken at 8:00 AM from a mall skycam looking south-southeast.

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Slow Meteor over Colorado



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Fireball October 20th

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Flashback Heads Up! Meteorite Lights Up New South Wales, Australia

PORT Macquarie found itself in the path of a meteorite on Monday morning as the speeding fireball shot through the earth's atmosphere.

The sky lit up, the night rumbled and the earth shook.


Where it was heading and where it landed, nobody knows.

But to witness the strange phenomenon residents had to be within a 50km radius of the meteorite's path; and there was no shortage of witnesses in Port Macquarie.

Mark Shelton had to pinch himself when he woke up.

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Three Meteors over Colorado

There have been three meteors recorded at Cloudbait Observatory in Colorado over the past 45 days.

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August 9th, 2007

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Meteor Seen In The Skies Of Australia

Western Victoria, Melbourne - Tension gripped Western Victoria residents after witnessing bright light in heavens for two straight nights believed to be a meteor form outer space.

ABC News reported that residents of Ballarat, west of Melbourne, said that they saw a bright orange-colored light in the sky about 10 p.m Tuesday.

Reports said that the bright light looks like a Unidentified Flying Object (UFO).

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Mystery booms rattle windows, residents in Missouri

Around 12:20 p.m. Monday, a series of loud booms was heard in many parts of Jefferson City and Cole County.

The origin remains a mystery, but an aircraft breaking the sound barrier is considered the most likely cause.

Numerous calls were received at the 911 center. Some reports indicated the noises rocked and shook buildings, but authorities reported no damage being attributed to the booms.