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Strange object spotted falling from the sky over South West England

Photos have surfaced of what appears to be an object falling from the sky. Gudrun Limbrick posted the photo in the Facebook page A Place In North Devon.
Strange Object
© Gudrun Limbrick
These photos were captured by Gudrun Limbrick this evening.
People have been coming up with possible explanations including a meteorite, plane entrails or a strange cloud. It was seen from all over North Devon including in Combe Martin and Braunton.

Gudrun said: "I live in Woolacombe and popped my head out the door to have a look at the post-sunset sky about 8pm. I watched it for about 20 minutes as it moved down the sky and changed shape."

Do you think you know what the object might be? If so get in touch by emailing fran@northdevonjournal.co.uk

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Comets & Asteroids - Summary for March 2016

During the month of March 2016, 3 new comets were discovered. On March 17, 2016 a new impact flash on Jupiter has been captured by amateur astronomers. Moreover, delay-doppler images of asteroid 2016 DV1 (on March 03, 2016) and of comet P/2016 BA14 (on March 22, 2016) have been obtained by Goldstone Solar System Radar.(see below for more about these news). "Current comet magnitudes" & "Daily updated asteroid flybys" pages are available at the top of this blog (or just click on the underline text here).
The dates below refer to the date of issuance of CBET (Central Bureau Electronic Telegram) which reported the official news & designations.
Comet P/2016 BA14
© NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR
Radar images of comet P/2016 BA14.
Comet Discoveries

Mar 11 Discovery of C/2016 E1 (PANSTARRS)
Mar 16 P/2015 B4 (LEMMON-PANSTARRS)
Mar 16 C/2016 E2 (KOWALSKI)

Scientists using the Goldstone Solar System Radar in California's Mojave Desert observed comet P/2016 BA14 during its historic flyby. Close approach of March 22, 2016 by P/2016 BA14 has been the third closest on record and the closest flyby of a comet in 246 years (for more info about P/2016 BA14 see our previous post). Radar images from the flyby indicate that the comet is about 1 kilometer in diameter. Moreover data collected by V. Reddy using the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii indicate that the comet reflects less than 3 percent of the sunlight that falls on its surface.

Meteor

Disintegrating fireballs explode over Manitoba, Canada and Catalonia, Spain

Meteor over Churchill, Manitoba
© Via YouTube/Cloud
Two bright fireballs were recorded in Canada and Spain end of March 2016.The Spanish bolide slowly disintegrated in the sky of Aragón and Catalonia on March 24th, 2016 at 0h47m20s UTC. The Canadian space rock was captured flying through the night sky of Churchill, Manitoba. Awesome!

This wonderful slow-moving fireball overflew Aragón and Catalonia on March 24th, 2016 at 0h47m20s UTC and was recorded by cameras at the Folgueroles AAO-CSIC-IEEC station (Pep Pujols/J.M.Trigo).

The fireball experienced periodic changes in its luminosity due to the fast spinning of the meteoroid when it penetrated Earth's atmosphere.


Fireball filmed in the sky of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada on March 26, 2016.

There is no comment on the video. But the video of this exploding fireball is awesome:


Did you hear any booms or weird noises related to these two sky events?

Fireball 4

Rare meteorite fragments discovered from March fireball in Stubenberg, Germany

Experts from Munster said they are 'delighted' to recover several fragments identified as being of the 'LL Chondritenklasse' (LL chondrite) class of meteorite - mostly stone with very little metal inside. This image shows how the meteorite looks under the

Experts from Munster said they are 'delighted' to recover several fragments identified as being of the 'LL Chondritenklasse' (LL chondrite) class of meteorite - mostly stone with very little metal inside. This image shows how the meteorite looks under the polarising microscope
Scientists have discovered fragments from an extremely rare meteorite strike that took place above Germany earlier this month.

Experts from Munster said they are 'delighted' to recover several fragments identified as being of the 'LL Chondritenklasse' (LL chondrite) class of meteorite - mostly stone with very little metal inside.

The latest fragments, which struck the earth in the municipality of Stubenberg in Bavaria, are already being studied excitedly by experts, who anticipate more fragments will still turn up.

The fireball was spotted over Bavaria on 6 March.

The fireball was spotted over Bavaria on 6 March (pictured)

The fireball was spotted over Bavaria on 6 March (pictured)
Meteorite expert Professor Dr Addi Bischoff from the Institute for Planetary Studies at the University of Munster (WWU) said: 'Alert sky watchers spotted the meteorites burning into the atmosphere on 6 March.

'By analysing images of the entry, we were able to locate the impact point and find fragments on the ground, in total weighing 40g.

Cloud Precipitation

Signs of Change: Earth changes, extreme weather and meteor fireballs in March 2016

signs of change March 2016
© Youtube/HawkkeyDavis (screen capture)
Sea life washing up dead - Earth opening up to swallow rivers and vehicles - Record rainfall in Peru, flooding in Rio de Janeiro - Loud booms of unknown origin shaking homes - Strongest earthquake so far in 2016 hits Indonesia - Meteors lighting up the night sky - Yet another '1-in-1,000-years' rain event flooding central and southern US - Heavy snow in Mexico - A year's worth of rain in one day flooding Persian Gulf states...

This series does not mean the world is ending! These are videos showing a series of extreme weather events that are leading to bigger Earth Changes. If you're following the series, you're seeing the signs. It's much more than one video...


Fireball 4

Green meteor fireball spotted in South Florida by dozens of people

Meteor map Florida
The American Meteor Society said this morning that dozens of people are reporting to have spotted a bluish or green fireball over South Florida at about 6:30.

More than 40 reports were made to the AMS from people who claim to have witnessed the event from Kendall to Jupiter. Nine reports came from people in Palm Beach County.

Mike Hankey, operations manager for the American Meteor Society, said it was a random fireball and not part of a known meteor shower.

"Lots of folks are talking about it," Hankey said. "It only happened three hours ago, so not much information yet."

A report from a West Palm Beach man says the fireball cut a long trail across the sky.

"Train was glowing an iridescent or almost neon blue with white edges," the man reported. "Looked like it was 300-500 yards behind the fireball itself but was still attached to the head of the fireball."

Estimated trajectory of this morning’s fireball based on witness reports.

Estimated trajectory of this morning’s fireball based on witness reports.

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Bright meteor fireball fragments over the Netherlands, Belgium and UK

Map fireball
© Fireballs.imo.net
Shortly after midnight on Saturday March 26, 2016, a meteor fireball was spotted over the Netherlands, from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Cuijck, Pijnacker and Zoeterwoude. The fireball was reported to have a blue bright color, while others recalled a green color. It was also witnessed in Belgium, the UK, and northern France.

"It looked like the blue light of a police helicopter, but it moved too fast and too diagonally," a resident of Rotterdam said. Readers of the Dutch 'Astroblogs' website reported seeing a 'green, luminous phenomenon'.

Another reader, Remco Haring, reported seeing something passing by 'for two seconds', and which 'ended in a green or blue light'. Haring described it as appearing to have 'consisted of multiple parts', indicating that the meteor fireball disintegrated into fragments.

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Rate of meteor fireballs over US so far in 2016 is higher than 2015

AMS fireballs
© American Meteor Society
It's raining fireballs all over the place
While March is usually a slow month for meteor showers as none of the major annual events occur this month, the American Meteor Society has reported six major fireball events since March 1 and NASA says fireballs can increase as much as 30 percent in spring.

A fireball is defined as a meteor that is brighter than the planet Venus and usually has a bright trailing tail.

The reason for the increase in fireball activity is "still unknown," NASA says, but one thought is simply that more space debris litters the Earth's orbit near the spring equinox, which is March 20.


Comment: Sure, more space debris is littering Earth's orbit near the spring equinox now - as in, this is a new phenomenon!


According to the AMS, 2016 has seen an increase in the number of reported fireballs. Since Jan. 1, 910 fireballs have been reported through its online report program, compared to 839 reports received during the same time last year.

Comment: Whoever at NASA made these statements clearly hasn't checked their own data. February and March are typically among the lowest months for fireball numbers.

It's looking like the overall trend will be way up this year, with much more to come in the typically more active second-half of the year.

For spectacular footage of just some of the hundreds of meteor fireballs that lit up the night sky the world over last month, check out our latest instalment of the SOTT Earth Changes Summary video:

SOTT Earth Changes Summary - February 2016: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


See also:

NASA space data supports citizens' observations: Meteor fireballs are increasing dramatically


Fireball 2

Camera at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park captures meteor fireball followed by strange flash of light

Yellowstone plasma discharge
© Youtube/Kat Martin2016 (screen capture)

Watch this awesome fireball disintegrating in the sky of Yellowstone National Park just near Old Faithful Geyser on February 29, 2016. But what is this big flash of light toward the end of the recording? OMG an earthquake light?

This timelaspe video shows a fireball striking over the Yellowstone National Park on February 29, 2016. But at the end of the footage, 25 seconds after the beginning, a bright flash of light cuts off the silent darkness.


Comment: Indeed, much time seems to pass between the streak of light, which could well have been another incoming meteor fireball, and the flash of light. The two events do seem to be related though. A possible plasma discharge event?


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Bright meteor streaks over Black Sea near Ukraine

Meteor over Black Sea
© Youtube/asteroid457
Bright meteor streaks over Black Sea caught by video observation stations in Mayaki and Odessa, Ukraine on 9th March 2016.