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Propaganda Alert! UK astronomer claims 'mystery bright light' in skies above UK was 'fireball meteor', even though it could not have been

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© Gloucester Citizen, UK
A mocked up image of what the meteor is said to have looked like.
The mystery of the 'bright object' seen falling out of the sky over Churchdown has been solved - it seems that it was a fireball meteor.

Scores of Gloucestershire people have reported seeing the object. The most recent sighting was at 8am yesterday but there have been reports of other meteor sighting earlier in the month.

It is also thought 2014 is going to a bumper year for meteor attacks.
Daytime fireball spotted over Sweden yesterday and another over the UK this morning! This can only mean one thing #omgwearallgoingtodie

- Virtual Astronomer (@VirtualAstro) December 19, 2013
One eyewitness Gill Brimfield said: "My husband and I were driving home from Evesham last Wednesday evening and spotted a really big bright light in the sky, which was not a star. It was not moving and by the time we got to Churchdown it was still there.

Comment: A 'mocked up image', 'expert' claims that bear no resemblance to eyewitness reports, and a warning about meteor fireballs "attacking us in 2014".... what a strange news report.

What we've generally found to date is that the media is reluctant to acknowledge fireball meteor sightings at all, nevermind that their numbers are increasing all the time. But lately, there seems to be some prestidigitation, some sleight of hand, going on with the news around this topic, something which really jumped out at us in the above article.

Here we have a local UK news outlet uncritically accept the explanation provided by 'virtual astronomer' that this 'bright light in the sky' was a 'fireball meteor', despite the eyewitnesses all stating that the object was stationary, and that it reappeared in the same spot in the sky on successive nights... so, obviously, they were not seeing a 'fireball meteor'.

We wonder in what direction the eyewitnesses were facing, because it rather sounds like it could have been the planet Venus. Along with Sirius, Venus appears in the evening skies this time of year, making them seem brighter than usual.

So why then would a regular newspaper
  1. publish a story about a non-event with a 'mocked up image' that looks nothing like what eyewitnesses described, but which does look very similar to photos that have been taken of daytime fireballs streaking through the sky in recent years;
  2. suggest that "2014 is going to a bumper year for meteor attacks", thereby tacitly acknowledging that fireball meteor events are increasing worldwide, and - more importantly - priming people to expect a lot more fireball activity;
  3. quote an 'astronomer' who falsely claims that this non-event was a fireball meteor, yet who acknowledges that they're being reported worldwide;
  4. simultaneously mock the phenomenon by including the 'astronomer's' tweet that included 'Oh my God, we're all going to die' as a Twitter hashtag?
Why are the 'authorities' playing this silly game?

We suspect that what's going on here is a combination of ignorant people seeing stuff and the authorities playing on their ignorance to confuse the issue.


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Two separate fireballs explode over Tennessee, 17 December 2013

The AMS has received over 40 reports so far about a fireball over central Tennessee last night around 8:20 central time. The event was captured by two cameras in the NASA All Sky Fireball Network operated by Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center.
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© NASA / Bill Cooke
Super Bolide over Tennessee – December 17th, 2013

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Fireball or meteor spotted over Alabama

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© Screenshot/Dropcam/wilmadavid
The fireball seen above a house in Trussville, Alabama.
A fireball or meteor was spotted over parts of Alabama on Tuesday, including Birmingham, Gadsden, and Mores.

People across the state began reporting seeing a fireball around 9:25 p.m. EDT.

"Did anyone else just see that HUGE fireball in the western Birmingham sky?!" said Christoper Flores via Twitter.

"Just saw a huge meteor fall in northern sky," added Ron Dewberry. "Amazing fireball falling. Think the biggest and brightest I've ever seen. Seen from Clay County."

"I saw it at Vulcan," Mark McCollister added." Looked like a Roman candle."

Sightings also happened in Springville, Cullman, and Demopolis, among other areas.

Story developing; check back for updates

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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

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© 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.