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Spectacular meteor shone brightly over Kenya, then explodes; house burned

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The Rift Valley in Kenya
While calm appears restored in most parts of the Rift Valley that were left shell-shocked on Thursday night following the explosion of an astronomical body, the identity of the phenomenon is still shrouded in mystery. The object shone bright in the dark sky before exploding.

People scampered for safety at the sight of the body and the subsequent explosion with reports of wailing and panic reported across the more than three counties where the astronomical body was seen. Facebook and other social network platforms were abuzz soon after the extraterrestrial incident.

The panic was felt from Kuresoi to Uasin Gishu and the areas in between while on the networks, people were making wild and educated guesses. Speculation was that the astronomical body was either a meteorite or a comet. "I saw it. It was big and spectacular," said Mike Kimani, a resident of Kericho. There were reports that the body left some destruction on its trail.

From LunarMeteoriteHunters website: Initial Meteor Sighting Report-
27FEB2014 Gerald Eldama Ravine, Kenya 20.10 pm Over 30 seconds not clear Loud explosions 10 times louder than thunder Super bright not clear Multiple witness reports. A super bright light that lasted for a span of 30 seconds was spotted in the sky at about 8:10pm today. It was later followed by a deafening bang around Torongo and Poror areas of Eldama Ravine. Many who did not manage to see the bright light though heard the sound believed it was an explosion. The light was seen by many as far as Marigat and Eldoret.

Comment: The last event mentioned happened in July, where two meteors hit and made impact with the ground in Kenya, two weeks apart. Heavenly Signs: Chronicle of a Busy Month (July 2011)


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Massive meteor fireball reported over U.S. Northeast, 24 February 2014

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AMS received 160 reports about this fireball seen over Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania and Virginia on February 25th 2014 around 02:12 (UTC).

A large and bright fireball was seen and reported by approx. 100 witnesses across Northern US East Coast (February 24th 2014, 9:11pm EST - February 25th 2014, 2:11pm UT).

The fireball was seen from primarily New Jersey but witnesses from Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virgina also reported seeing the fireball.

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Loud booms heard by residents in St. Louis, Missouri

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Loud booms around the St. Louis area have residents worried there's been an outbreak of earthquakes, but News 4's Russell Kinsaul talked to experts and found out the "booms" are called "Frost quakes."

Frost quakes occur when water soaks into the ground, freezes, and quickly expands. The quick expansion can suddenly move large amounts of soil and cause small earthquakes.

"I was sitting right here in this room and I heard and really loud boom," Fairview Heights resident Susan O'Mara said.

O'Mara said she heard the sound on Monday at her home. The noise was so loud, she said she looked out side because she thought a car ran into a neighbor's house but didn't see anything.

"I didn't know what it was. A little shake to the house. I thought it was an earthquake."

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Massive meteor fireball caught on police dashcam, seen from all nearly entire Eastern half of U.S., 27 February 2014

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Photo of the fireball over America, Thursday night, 27 February 2014
Look, up in the sky! A bird? A plane? Superman? No, just a bright white fireball captured on video in a Madison police officer's squad car.


Comment: "Just" a bright white fireball?! Wow, talk about normalizing something that until last year was being described as "so rare it almost never happens"!


On a cold Wednesday night on the city's West Side, a veteran police officer saw something not normally seen when on patrol, Madison police said in a news release.

"The officer was parked near the Hy-Vee store at Westgate Mall when just before midnight, a large, bright white fireball pierced the cold night sky," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

"The object was moving extremely fast and would have without question struck the ground," the officer said in his report.


Comment: This gives you an idea how unusual this phenomenon is: it's not generally known that most fireballs do not in fact impact the ground.


A fellow officer driving on Old Sauk Road also saw the same "long fire trail," the release said.

Comment: It appears that the police officer witnessed the same massive fireball seen over the entire Eastern half of the U.S. on Thursday night. Although it can seem like these things impact nearby, they're actually burning up and breaking apart so high up in the atmosphere (most of the time!) that it's very difficult to tell what state you'll find meteorites in, let alone the next town over.


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Fireball in the sky Sunday night in Central New York

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© Ethan Rogati
Ethan Rogati captured this stunning view of the meteor from Milton, V.T.. It was reportedly seen as far south as Albany, and as far north as Montreal.
Syracuse -- It wasn't a bird or a plane and it certainly wasn't Superman. If you found yourself gazing at a colorful, firework-like flash of light in the sky, it was probably a meteoroid.

Dozens of people across New York State, as well as several in Central New York, reported seeing a meteoroid in the sky at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, according to the American Meteor Society.

The scientific organization devoted to the study, investigation and tracking of meteors allows the public and trained spotters to report sightings of fireballs -- meteors brighter than the planet Venus -- online. Sunday's suspected meteoroid probably ended up somewhere in the Adirondacks, according to submitted reports.

People across Central New York described the sight in reports to the American Meteor Society.

"I was driving south when something as bright as the moon caught my eye to my left," said Drew Montreuil, a meteorologist in Groton. "I looked and saw a green fireball that appeared in my quick glance to be sparking red. It disappeared shortly thereafter."

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Meteor fireball blazes across Catalonia's sky, 22 February 2014

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Meteorologist Eloi Cordomí explains during TV newscast Telenotícies that the fireball was seen from Catalonia and that it was caused by a meteor
Translated by SOTT.net

A meteor weighing between one and two kilograms (approx. 2-4 pounds) caught fire as it entered the atmosphere and was seen in several regions near the coast.

Last Saturday evening, a fireball crossed the sky over Catalonia, according to several eyewitness testimonies gathered by the meteorological services at TV3.

Meteorologist Eloi Cordomí explained during Sunday's TV newscast Telenotícies Migdia that it had probably been a bolide or a meteor weighing approximately 1 or 2 kilos. It had caught fire as it entered the atmosphere.

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Fireball over São Sebastião, Brasil, Feb 12, 2014

Sao Paulo Brasil, BRAMON Allsky Camera Network Captures First Fireball Meteor

Brasil's second allsky network, BRAMON, has been established in Sao Paulo State and has had its first successful capture by two of its three allsky cameras of a fireball meteor on February 12 2014.

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Another close encounter with enormous asteroid; whizzed close to Earth on Monday

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An asteroid estimated to be the size of three football fields whizzed close to Earth on Monday, roughly a year after one exploded over Russia and injured 1,200 people.

Slooh Space Camera tracked the approach of the asteroid as it raced past the planet at about 27,000 mph (43,000 kmph), starting at 9 p.m. EST (2 a.m. GMT, Feb. 18), the robotic telescope service said in a statement on Slooh.com.

The Dubai Astronomy Group provided Slooh photos of the part of the sky where the rock was expected to be seen, but its motion could not be picked out immediately in a live webcast against the backdrop of night-time stars.

The 295-yard (270-m) asteroid was streaking past Earth at a distance of about 2.1 million miles (3.4 million km) little more than a year after another asteroid exploded on Feb. 15, 2013, over Chelyabinsk, Russia. That asteroid injured 1,200 people following a massive shock wave that shattered windows and damaged buildings.

Chelyabinsk region officials had wanted to mark the anniversary by giving a piece of the meteorite to each 2014 Winter Olympic athlete who won a medal on Saturday at the Sochi Games. However, the International Olympic Committee at the last minute said it could be done only after the games and separately.

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Did a meteorite smash through a roof in Sri Lanka?

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© HIRU News
Scientists at several universities in Sri Lanka have been examining unknown stones that fell on a house in Ragala, Walapane - in a mountainous part of Sri Lanka - early in the morning yesterday (February 19, 2014). At least one scientist, Professor Athula Senarathna of the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, said today that the stone was a meteorite, or rock from space.

The owner of the house upon which the strange stone fell in Ragala is H.B. Ranjanee.

According to Hiru News, a local news outlet, the Crime Division of the Ragala police conducted an investigation into the fall of the unknown stone. Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana told Hiru News that particles of the stone scattered within an area of 26 square feet.

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Meteor spotted over Epping, England not part of recognised shower

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© Guardian Series, UK
Daniel Bagan-Jones was driving in High Street, Epping, when the object caught his eye.
A stargazer has described spotting "huge green fireball" in the sky over Epping as a meteor flew close to the earth.

Daniel Bagan-Jones, 45, was travelling in a car with his wife in High Street, Epping, at 6:30pm on Saturday when the object caught his eye.

He said: "It was like a bright green slash, like a fireball.

"My immediate thought was that it was a firework only it was coming down instead of going up before burning out completely - that's when we realised it was a meteor.

"Seeing one on our way to Tesco was unexpected - anyone going down the M11 would have seen it - my wife thought it was the end of the world.

"I'm interested in astronomy so I checked online and noticed that others had seen the same."

It transpired that there had also been various sightings across the country, including Norfolk, Plymouth, Cheshire, Bristol and Cardiff.

The fireball was classified as "sporadic" as it didn't belong to any known meteor shower. The meteor traveled at a speed of 16.3 km per second and started to burn up in the atmosphere at an altitude of 86.3km. The full event lasted 4.4 seconds and the meteor covered distance of 47.7km within the earth's atmosphere.