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Fireball seen across northern Italy, 13 March 2014

Translated from Italian by Sott.net

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© Mario Garberi
A green fireball crossed the skies of Northwest Italy last night, at a speed of 60,000 km per hour. Many have witnessed the passage of the "super shooting star" from Genoa to Milan, Turin and up to Parma. The sighting occurred around 10 pm local time. Scientists have reassured us that this is not a rare phenomenon.


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Photos of spectacular trail left by meteor fireball over Gloucester England, 9 March 2014

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Mystery objects have been seen high in the sky above Gloucester to put UFO spotters in the area on high alert.

Hucclecote mum Sarah-Jane Stanley was out walking in Churchdown on Sunday evening when she caught sight of a mysterious object plummeting towards earth.

Sarah quickly grabbed her camera to record the moment.

She said: "I didn't think anything of it and took the photo as a general sunset picture. Then my 11-year-old daughter and I realised it was moving."

"I looked through my camera lens on full zoom and it appeared to have something at the tip of it and it was clearly visible on a downward descent. The object is spinning and glowing.

"I took around 15 clear photos in all, with some exactly a minute apart, and you can see how fast it is travelling by the distance it falls on each picture.

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Mysterious loud boom shakes homes, this time in Calgary, Canada

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Could it not have been a smaller version of one of these? Why 'frost quakes'?!
Speculation and confusion swirled after a loud boom could be heard through parts of northwest Calgary on Tuesday afternoon.

It was enough to rattle the windows at Crowfoot General Paints and baffle residents in the area.

James Cormier-Chisholm says he's never heard anything like it before.

Comment: Convenient. So they have zero data on which to base their assumption that it was a so-called 'frost quake'.

Remember the part about "never heard anything like it before"?

If it was "just a frost-quake, yeh, nuthin to worry about", don't you think folks would have heard them before?!

The description of a sharp, short thunderclap is actually consistent with descriptions of meteor fireballs exploding overhead.


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Massive meteor fireball lights up early morning sky above northern England and southern Scotland, 12 March 2014

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12 March 2014 - Rob Davis, Prestwick, Scotland, 6:13am
2-3 seconds duration. I was facing Southwest, it travelled down steeply from high to my right towards the middle of my view. It was a large green body with a white trail. Very bright, same as a marine flare, but moving much faster. The sky was already bright and clear, with Venus clearly visible in the dawn sky. The meteor was distinctly bright green, much brighter than any other sky object at that time.
12 March 2014 - Dave Wilson, Portpatrick, 6:15:00
1 second duration. East-southeast direction, electric arc blue colour. It was as bright as the moon.
12 March 2014 - Scully, Wigan 6.13am
5 seconds duration. North/west direction. Brilliant white, as bright as Venus. Fragmenting around the edges.

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Emergency services called to reports of 'fireball in the sky' over UK, 10 March 2014


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Second large meteorite found following massive fireball over Korea

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© Reuters
Reporters gather around a piece of a meteorite, which according to local authorities and scientists, was lifted from the bottom of the Chebarkul Lake, placed on display in a local museum in Chelyabinsk, October 18, 2013.
South Korean media outlets are abuzz this week with the news of the discovery of a possible meteorite, likening the rock to a jackpot worth millions of dollars.

Scientists on Tuesday told the national media the rock found a day earlier in provincial city of Jinju, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) southeast of Seoul, is likely to be a meteorite, assuming it wasn't placed there.

The condition of the surroundings, a vegetable farm on relatively flat land, meant the 9.5-kilogram (20.9-pound) rock was unlikely to have fallen from somewhere nearby, they said. They added that the rock's surface had signs of burning, which takes place when an space object enters the atmosphere.

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Massive fireball captured on hundreds of cameras across Korea, enormous meteorite crashes into greenhouse, 9 March 2014


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Emergency services called to reports of crashing fireball - UK, 10 March

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© EADT24, UK
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and Norfolk Police were called just after 2pm with reports of the sighting from a driver on the A1065.

Emergency services have been called to the Thetford area after a member of the public reported seeing a "fireball" in the sky which then crashed to the ground.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and Norfolk Police were called just after 2pm with reports of the sighting from a driver on the A1065.

Sam Beazley, 23, from Norfolk, said he and his mother, Jill Payne, had seen the object in the sky at around 1.45pm in between Mundford and Thetford as they travelled southbound towards the Fiveways roundabout.

"I was asleep and my mum woke me up to point out this object on fire to the left of us over Thetford Forest.

"At first she thought it must have been a flare but it was far too large and was actually changing direction in the sky, rather than just falling. It looked like it might have been being controlled somehow.

"We lost sight of it when it went below the treeline - it was just bizarre," he said.

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Massive fireball captured on hundreds of cameras across Korea, enormous meteorite crashes into greenhouse, 9 March 2014

A bright shining object in the skies captivated observers in Suwon on Sunday night. Experts say it was probably a shooting star.
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© News 1
A shining object (in circle) is captured by an in-car camera system in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday.
The object blazed across the night sky for some moments before crashing to earth.

Several videos capturing the scene from in-car systems were posted on social networking sites.

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Comment: Reports from eyewitnesses:
9 March 2014 - Justin Solomon, Osan AB, South Korea
UTC-+9:00 Soeul/20:45, 8:45pm
15 seconds duration. Moving in a south-easterly direction. Green in color, as bright as a full moon. No fragmentation, but it looked wicked!
9 March 2014 - Kellee Hayang, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
20:04 KST, GMT+9
10-15 seconds duration. Northwest to Southeast direction, I was facing East. White fireball with immediately orange tail and which was green at the end. Upon entering Earth's atmosphere it created a brilliant light over the town, lighting up the night sky. It started off as a tiny, white light, and as it closer it got bigger and brighter and was pure, white light. It remained intact until it burnt out, from what I could see. It appeared to get reasonably close to crashing to the ground. I was observing from the 3rd floor of an apartment building and had it not burnt out, it was within a second of dropping out of view due to a four-storey apartment across the road in front of me. It was travelling at extremely high speed.



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Did you hear the loud boom over Illinois?

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Viewers have called, emailed and sent Facebook messages to our newsroom questioning where this boom noise came from. TV-6 spoke with people on both sides of the river--from Davenport to Rock Island. We don't know much about where the noise came from, but some of you say you heard it.

"I heard a really loud boom," said Chris Rice.

"I heard a rumble," said Tanisha Douglas.

" I heard a pretty big explosion," said Logan Edwards.

A noise so loud that some of you say it startled you and caused your homes and businesses to shake.

"I expected to see a mushroom cloud when I went out there off in the distance," said Rice.

We contacted the police and fire departments, airport, the Rock Island Arsenal and even spoke with our meteorologist about what it could be, but no one knows.

"I haven't heard anything that loud since leaving Iraq in 2007," said Edwards.

"It sounded like something really big on the street. Like something rolling by on the street and then there was a rumble, too," said Douglas

Whether the noise was a rumble, explosion or boom, some of you tell us, this isn't the first time you've heard it.

"On January 14th I heard the sound," said Rice. "I'm used to hearing really loud sounds because I live near the river. I hear trains, barges. I've always lived near the arsenal. I hear all types of sounds, but this one was way louder."

The mystery remains unsolved....

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Irish skies lit up by 'extremely bright' fireball

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A fireball which burned up over Russia last February generated shockwaves which circled the globe twice.
An 'extremely bright fireball' was seen streaking across Irish skies on Saturday night before breaking up, Astronomy Ireland has said.

The organisation received "lots of reports" of sightings of the meteor which lit up the sky shortly after 9.30pm.

"Fireballs are seen quite rarely, but when they appear on a clear evening when people are travelling from work we often get inundated with reports," said astronomy Ireland chairman David Moore.

Reports from the public help to "determine the fireball's path through the sky and find out if it is likely to have ended up on land or in the sea," Mr Moore said.

Fireballs are very bright meteors caused by larger particles of debris from space, Astronomy Ireland said. They can seem close but occur "very high up in the atmosphere, approximately 70km and above", it said.

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Massive new asteroid 2014 CU13 to pass Earth tonight

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© Slooh Community Observatory
This graphic depicts the path of asteroid 2014 CU13 during its distant flyby of Earth on March 9, 2014. The Slooh online community observatory hopes to track the asteroid to help astronomers better refine the newfound asteroid's orbit.
An asteroid at least the size of a 60-story building will make a distant flyby of Earth this week, and you watch astronomers track the space rock tonight (March 9) in a live webcast, weather permitting. The asteroid poses no threat to Earth.

The online Slooh community observatory will host the free webcast at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT) to track asteroid 2014 CU13, a space rock about 623 feet (190 meters) wide discovered on Feb. 11 that will pass Earth at a range of about eight times the distance between Earth and the moon on Tuesday (March 11). The average Earth-moon distance is about 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers), so eight lunar distances is about 1.9 million miles (3 million km).

You can watch the asteroid webcast live on the Slooh website, with streaming views from Slooh's remotely operated telescope in the Canary Islands, off the west coast of Africa. You can watch the asteroid webcast live on Space.com here.