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Fireball lights up skies over northern Italy

Fireball over Italy
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Many witnesses saw a meteorite fall over northern Italy on Wednesday evening.
A streaking fireball brighter than the full moon lit up skies over northern Italy on Wednesday evening.

The fireball left a trail of vapour hanging in the sky for minutes.

Not long after the unusual event, pictures of bright flashes, vapour trails and eyewitness reports started to emerge on social media, with users suggesting they had witnessed a meteorite falling to earth.

The unidentified flying object lit up skies over northern Italy, travelling east to west from Genoa to Venice at around 6.19pm.

Sightings of the object were also reported from as far away as southern France and Switzerland.

La Repubblica reported a spike in phone calls made to Italy's fire brigade to report the phenomenon.

A photo of the vapour trail, captured on a road outside Genoa, was uploaded to the Italian citizen journalism website, YouReporter.


Bright meteor fireball lights up sky over southern France

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Bright meteor fireball lights up sky over southern France

meteor fireball over southern France 17.02.2016
© Youtube/MrMBB333 (screen capture)
Hundreds of people across south eastern France reported seeing the skies lit up by "balls of fire" on Wednesday evening.

While many wondered whether the phenomenon was linked to some kind of military exercise and others panicked that planes were on fire, the fire balls are believed to have been caused by a meteorite shower.

Social networks lit up at around 6.20pm on Wednesday after hundreds of people caught sight of a fire ball passing through the sky.

"You're never going to believe me but I saw a meteorite, something on fire falling from the sky! "F**king hell I 'm in shock," said one eyewitness.

The regional newspaper Dauphiné Libéré said hundreds of eye-witnesses had contacted them from right across southern France.

Readers described seeing a "green ball with a trail" or a "white ball that exploded followed by a long trail of fire."

One resident in the Alps told Le Parisien newspaper the meteorite "passed pretty low and horizontally and was a big ball of green fire."

Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 55 reports about a fireball seen over South France and Switzerland on 17th February 2016.

NASA space data supports citizens' observations that - meteor fireball activity is increasing dramatically!

For more information read: Comets and the Horns of Moses by Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World - Book 3 by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.

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Green fireball streaks across US East Coast

NASA image of a fireball from a past meteor shower.
A large green meteor streaked across the sky Tuesday evening, prompting dozens of reports to the American Meteor Society.

The fireball was seen from New Jersey and Delaware into southern Virginia around 7:10 p.m. People reported it as green and bright.

It was the second fireball seen in recent weeks in the Mid-Atlantic skies. On Jan. 30, hundreds of people in the D.C. area reported seeing a streaking meteor, and it was even captured on dash cam.

According to the American Meteor Society, fireballs are very bright meteors, about as bright as Venus in the morning and evening skies.

About 10 to 15 meteorites fall to Earth each day, but sightings are rare since streaking fireballs often fall over the ocean, or during daylight hours when they can't be seen.


Chelyabinsk meteor's third anniversary still a source of mystery today

Chelyabinsk superbolide
© Alex Alishevskikh
The Chelyabinsk superbolide flew over the Urals early on the morning of February 15, 2013.
On a quiet morning on Feb. 15, 2013, a meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 40,000 miles per hour (11 miles per second), exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia with a reported force of 30 atomic bombs. In fact, the shockwave was allegedly so intense that people reported damage up to 75 miles away from the meteor's explosion, which occurred about nine miles above sea level.

Hundreds of studies have been written since then, but scientists are still trying to figure out where it came from, and how it went undetected. It's not like the rock itself was particularly big—about 65 feet—but it continues to leave a mark. Upon its atmospheric entry, the explosion generated a superbolide that scientists say was brighter than the sun; some eyewitnesses at the time reported feeling an intense heat from the fireball.

It must have truly felt like the end of the world.

About 1,500 people were injured due to broken glass and other debris, though no deaths were reported. Although scientists have an idea of where the Chelyabinsk meteor came from, they're still not 100 percent sure. To that end, researchers also aren't sure if it's part of a larger threat. Following the event in 2013, one researcher said, "If humanity does not want to go the way of the dinosaurs, we need to study an event like this in detail."

The bad news is rocks the size of the Chelyabinsk meteor are undetectable from Earth, which means a similar event could happen at any time.

"Another body of this size could hit Earth without warning in the future," said Jiri Borovicka, as astronomer at the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic.

Source: Agenciasinc

Comment: Recently NASA created a 'Planetary Defense Coordination Office' with a view to track meteors headed toward Earth, and "redirect" potentially dangerous asteroids as part of a long-term planetary defense goal.

However, asteroid 'redirection' or 'deflection' remains just theoretical. A more accurate way of looking at it is that NASA is funding deflection and redirection of the topic of space threats by 'getting the message out' that 'everything is just fine'.

On the third anniversary of the Chelyabinsk meteor, it is well worth remembering what can come out of the sky, without any warning at all:

Even NASA's own space data supports citizens' recent observations, namely the inconvenient fact that meteor fireballs are increasing dramatically.

For more on the very high probability of Earth soon being on the receiving end of direct or indirect cometary bombardment, and why, see Laura Knight-Jadczyk's Comets and Catastrophe series: And the books: Comets and the Horns of Moses by Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World - Book 3 by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk

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Valentine's Day meteor fireball streaks over Northeastern US

meteor fireball over Delaware
© Youtube/Bill Conklin (screen capture)
A streak of light, followed by a large flash over Dover, DE on Valentines Day morning.

Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 81 reports yesterday of a fireball observed over NE United States.

Other sightings of meteor fireballs over the US in recent weeks include: NASA space data supports citizens' observations that - meteor fireball activity is increasing dramatically!


Meteor? Unexplained flashes of light puzzle residents of Petrozavodsk, Russia

Flash of light!
© Screenshot via You Tube/Live Petrozavodsk
What is this mysterious flash of light recorded by different cameras in the city of Petrozavodsk, the capital city of the Republic of Karelia, Russia?

Most probably a meteor exploding and lighting up the city for a brief moment on February 11, 2016 just before midnight.

Comment: Another video of the event:


Strange orange flash sighted in Plymouth, UK skies

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Could their be alien activity in Plymouth? Reports of mysterious flashing lights have been seen across Plymouth's skyline recently, and no explanation can be found for it. Two days ago, a band of Plymouth residents said they saw a bright orange flash in the sky, with many puzzled by the momentary light.

Yesterday, a Plymouth retiree came forward to say she had also witnessed a white flash a few weeks ago, which radiated from the same area as the orange illumination had appeared on February 9. Jenni Robertson was driving home from Bristol when she was dazzled by a white light which lasted for a few seconds. The 66-year-old retiree was making her way back from Flyball training with her collie, Tilli, when she saw the fleeting flash just past Lee Mill on the way into Yealmpton on January 31.

The Staddiscombe resident opted to take a different route home through Lee Mill that evening to avoid roadworks on the A38 by Deep Lane, and as she was driving through a back lane, she spotted the flash to her right of her windscreen. "It was a clear night and quite cold, so I figured it couldn't have been lighting,"

Jenni said. "At around 9:30pm, I saw a huge flash in the sky on my drivers side of the van towards Ivybridge- it wasn't too high as I could see if from the window. "It was just like a speed camera going off- it lasted a couple of seconds and then it was gone again." Jenni didn't think much of the glow until witnesses came forward with claims about a similar orange flash which came from a similar direction.

Ground worker Sam Ho says he was coming out of his house in Yealmpstone Drive at 7am two days ago when he witnessed the dazzling light, as he looked in the direction of Ivybridge. Sam said the massive flash was "quite impressive" and suspects it could have been a meteorite.

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Bright green meteor reported above southeast Winnipeg, Canada

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Astronomers believe a meteor caused a bright green flash above southeast Winnipeg.

It happened early Wednesday morning around 5:30am.

The Planetarium's Scott Young tells MyToba.ca it was probably a smaller space rock.

"I didn't see it, but based on reports it could've been caused by an object from the size of a quarter up to a basketball."

They're what cause so-called 'shooting stars.' Space is full of them.

Triangulating meteors

Young says the Manitoba Museum collects information about reported sightings.

When the object is large and many reports are collected, astronomers can use the information to triangulate the position.

"We've only had two or three objects in the last twenty years where we've gone out to do a search."

In those cases, they're referred to as fireballs or bolides.

Good luck finding one

Young says the object is usually only visible when it's still kilometres above the planet.

"It actually falls the last dozen or so kilometres without any visible trail. So the odds are, if you saw it in the sky, it didn't land near you."


Strange light, loud boom in Queensland could have been meteorite

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Was it a meteor that lit up Queensland?
People from across Queensland have taken to social media to describe what they say was a bright light accompanied by a boom sound. "Was rumbling for a good five minutes before I went outside," said Bundaberg's Jamie-lee Doorey.

"Was walking back from shed, heard something from the sky as I looked up something seemed to have exploded, sparks went in three different directions. "I've seen plenty shooting stars, this was not one, or it was huge. The rumbling continued for a couple of minutes, nothing since."

Margie Ryan, also from Bundaberg, said she was left puzzled by the sighting. "Was inside. Saw bright flash outside. About one minute later, heard a loud bang like a clap of thunder which shook the house a bit," she said.

"Checked the BoM, no storm, clear sky, so posted on Facebook." Gladstone's Rory Henricks said he thought he saw a plane in the sky "shooting fireworks out of its rear". He said at 9.20pm on Tuesday, he was riding from town to Calliope and about halfway saw the object for a second.

"Nothing, then several circular firework explosions in a line behind it, then nothing again," he said. "I flipped my visor up to have a look around, I saw some pilot lights but lost track of it. Was moving really fast and appeared to have jet engines under each wing. "I'm pretty cynical but if it wasn't a UFO it seems like someone was trying to appear like one."

Charlene Kelly Maree said she heard people had seen the object in Gladstone, while Carissa Less Hansen said she witnessed it. "Saw it in Maryborough, Queensland, but didn't hear the noise," she said. Dell Holdings said she saw a flash but thought it was lightening. "It woke me from my sleep, no noise," she said.

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Meteor sighted off the coast of San Diego

Meteor Over San Diego
© American Meteor Society
The American Meteor Society shows areas in Southern California where people reported seeing the meteor. The highest number of sightings are depicted in red.
A meteoroid burned up in the atmosphere early Thursday, producing a fireball that was seen by people across San Diego County, according to the American Meteor Society.

"More than 110 witnesses have reported a large blue-green fireball over Southern California on Februray 11th around 6:35am PT (14:35 UT)," the AMS says online. "The fireball was seen primarily from California but witnesses from Arizona also reported seeing the fireball."

The eyewitnesses include Francis French, education director at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. He saw the meteor while he was driving to work on state Road 94.

"The front of the light looked like the arc of a welder's torch; it was blue and incredibly bright," said Francis French, education director at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. "And it had a yellowish tail that was very textured."

Another eyewitness, Harold McManus, said, "I was accessing Sunset Cliffs via Pt. Loma Nazarine University campus. I was on the bluffs about to climb down to the beach when I saw it. It came in from the north almost horizontal. It had a slight downward accent as it headed to the south. I was looking west over the ocean.

" It was spectacular. Bright green like a welders arc with a long tail and relatively slow moving. It fragmented into several pieces as it died. They looked like little sparks. I looked at my watch as I was going to report it to the AMS. It was 6:37. The sky was starting to get light."