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Probable meteor fireball blazes over San Diego, 17 December 2013

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© T.J. Sinsay
Stars in the San Diego Skyline.
Officials received calls from residents of San Diego County reporting something falling from the sky early Tuesday.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department received several calls reporting something in the sky over State Route 52 at Mission Gorge in Santee.

Deputies checked the area where witnesses claimed to see something fall to the ground just before 5 a.m. They told NBC 7 there were no aircraft missing or overdue at the nearby Gillespie Field.

Heartland firefighters assisted in the search and said they are considering the reports unfounded, believing the object may have been a meteor. There are two meteor showers happening right now and visible from Southern California.

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Meteorite Explodes Above Arizona

Meteorite arizona
© YouTube
A meteorite passed over Arizona
A meteorite has exploded into a huge fireball above Arizona just days before the year's best meteor shower.

The explosion involved a fireball and a loud bang, with some residents saying their homes were shaken by the meteorite. It was captured on film by a number of people, with footage of the fireball showing it moving across the sky.

Eyewitness Tony Kubrack told CNN: "I see this tremendous, white, bright light in the western sky. And it was just ... it was absolutely enormous, I couldn't believe it."

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Two separate meteor fireballs explode over Greece in one night, 11 December 2013

Translation from Greek by SOTT.net

Concern over the ongoing occurrence

Two new meteorites fell in Greece last night, the first one spotted over Attica and the second over the Ionian Sea, between Zakynthos and Kefalonia where the previous one had fallen.

According to professor of geology Efthymios Lekkas, these past two weeks the country has received a small meteor shower.

As Mr Lekkas said in channel SKAI's morning broadcast, he has a video of one of these meteorites at his disposal.

However in both cases of Attica and the Ionian sea there was no report of the celestial object falling on the land, and it is very probable that we are talking about a fall within the bounds of the sea once again.

The experts believe that the fall of the meteorite in Greece has nothing to do with comet ISON, in fact considering it a commonplace event.

Comment: See also: Meteor explodes over Greece, panicked locals report fragments falling into sea

It's unlikely that anything actually 'fell into the sea'. If something had done so, everyone around the Med would be left in no doubt! (ie, a devastating tsunami would likely have resulted).

However, exploding and fragmenting fireballs can seem quite close to the ground, even as they're high up in the atmosphere.

Which isn't to say that they can't reach low enough to cause serious damage on the ground. Just look at Chelyabinsk, where 3,000 people were injured and most windows in the city were blown in.

Note also that this is the third or fourth report we've seen in the past fortnight of people noticing that

a.) this is a global phenomenon;
b.) the numbers of fireballs are increasing.

It may not be long before people become aware en masse and public perception shifts...


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Oh Really?! "Test flights" cause sonic boom in North Texas

A sonic boom shook homes across parts of Denton County on Wednesday morning.

People from Aubrey, Sanger, Krum and Gainesville called FOX4 about the loud and reverberating noise about 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Some people said it had even knocked items off of walls.

It turns out the boom was caused by test planes.

Lockheed Martin said it had two supersonic aircrafts running test flights over that area of North Texas.

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Massive overhead explosion in Phoenix, Arizona produces sonic boom and leaves lingering pungent smell for miles around

Yet another fireball over Arizona created a sonic boom, this time on December 10, 2013. I live in the Chandler area of Arizona and stepped outside that evening and both saw and smelled a strange smoke that lingered in the air afterwards for over an hour.


Comment: There's an incredible twist in the tale of this meteor report.

As readers can see, the above eyewitness maintains his own YouTube channel where he posts informative updates about some of the meteor fireball events taking place these days.

In his video report of December 4th, he played down the suggestion from someone commenting on his channel that Earth passing through ISON's tail or debris field might result in some kind of cyanide gas coming down through our atmosphere, saying:
"I don't think a gas is gonna come drifting through, so let's not worry about that..."
But then, just days later, a meteor fireball practically detonates above his head and leaves a 'strange smell' and 'visible haze' in his neighborhood!
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A photo posted by 'Fire in the Sky News' YT user, showing the 'smelly haze' lit up by nearby school sports-field floodlights. Despite denying such was possible in his previous report, the eyewitness now suspects this 'fireworks-like smell' may have been the result of an overhead meteor explosion.



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Yet another fireball lights up the Arizona sky

Meteor sightings were reported across the Valley and the entire state of Arizona Tuesday evening. A bright, green light flew across the Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson sky. In southern Arizona, many residents reported seeing the sky light up and then hearing a loud boom and rumble. KTAR's Dr. Sky says the object appears to be a sporadic fire ball.

"We're seeing more and more of the fireballs in our skies but nobody really knows why," Sky said.

Sky explained his theory behind Tuesday's phenomenon. He's says a meteor shower was taking place called the Andromedids.

"It's very possible that this could be material from a distinct comet that's called Beilas comet."

He reported that skywatchers have been seeing bright fireballs and meteors over the past few days.


Comment: SOTT.net has a good idea why we're seeing more and more fireballs in our skies:

Celestial Intentions: Comets and the Horns of Moses


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Eyes on the skies after 'meteor' spotted above Dundee, Scotland

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© Alison Hepburn
Alison Hepburn sent us this picture of an object hurtling through the sky above Dundee.
An extra-terrestrial flash of light was snapped shooting across the Dundee sky.

The image, taken by city woman Alison Hepburn, shows an object burning through the skies over Glenconnor Drive. The 26-year-old science student said she did a double-take when she noticed an exceptionally bright light overhead.

She said: "It was just after 9am. It was the light I noticed - it was really, really bright. You know when you glance at something and then you glance back again? At first I thought it was an aeroplane, but I realised it couldn't have been. I took pictures and in the space of two minutes it was gone."

The Alloway Terrace resident added: "I wondered if it might be what's left of the comet that broke up recently."

But Dundee Astronomical Society secretary David Paterson said it was more likely to be a meteor - fire-hot dust and rocks tearing through space.

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Another large space rock, discovered just 4 days ago, is gonna fly-by Earth... today!

Asteroid 2013 XY8
© E. Guido, N. Howes and M. Nicolini/Remanzacco Observatory
Asteroid 2013 XY8 imaged on 2013, December 10, 2013.
A newly-discovered asteroid about the size of a space shuttle will fly past Earth on December 11, 2013 at a very safe distance of 760,000 kilometers (470,000 miles). The closest approach of Asteroid 2013 XY8 will be 11:14 UT, and its size is estimated between 31 - 68 meters. This asteroid is zipping along at about 14 kilometers per second, and of course at about 2 lunar distances away, there is no danger of this asteroid hitting Earth.

The asteroid was discovered on Dec. 7 by the team at the Catalina Sky Survey, and our friends Ernesto Guido, Nick Howes and Martino Nicolini from the Remanzacco Observatory have provided a follow-up image of the asteroid, taken just this morning shown above.

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Another overhead explosion? Unexplained blast concerns Blair County, Pennsylvania, residents

An unexplained blast Thursday has local residents concerned and shaken up. The shock waves were felt within about a 12-mile radius in the Morrison's Cove area of Martinsburg. Police said they got reports from all over the area asking what caused what people are describing as a blast. There are no reports of any injuries or damage, but there is still no explanation for the blast and police said they've ruled out fracking.

Comment: Interestingly enough, for the past several days there have been other cases of "unexplained blasts" and "strange explosions". Connection? We definitely think so.

'Massive explosion' in North San Diego county still a mystery
Big explosion in Jackson, Indiana 'a mystery'
Loud explosions rock houses in Connecticut, authorities haven't a clue what caused them


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Meteor confirmed as cause of loud boom in Quebec, Ontario

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© CTV News Channel
Meteor may have lit up the night sky - Astronomers search for answers after sonic boom.
It's now confirmed: the loud boom and flash of light many people spotted Tuesday evening from Montreal as far west as Ottawa was a meteor entering the earth's atmosphere. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario said the rock from space passed over Montreal at around 8 p.m. from north to south. They were able to confirm the phenomenon by sounds from shock waves picked up by acoustic ground sensors around Montreal and upper New York state. NASA's Meteor Environment Office had been searching for footage of a meteor captured by its cameras, but cameras were obscured by thick clouds.

Geologist Richard Herd, a retired curator of the National Meteorite Collection for the federal government, said all indications suggested it was a meteoroid. That's a rock from space that passes through the Earth's atmosphere.

"It came in very rapidly...and so that's indicative. There was some ballistic shock from this thing, which is typical even of a small object," Herd said.

Comment: News coverage of the event, courtesy of Global Toronto: