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Fireball fragments over Arkansas, 16 May 2013, Second fireball turns night into day from Gulf of Mexico to Great Lakes, 18 May 2013

© LunarMeteoriteHunter / Google Earth
Initial Meteor Sighting Reports

18 May 2013 - Tristen Dixon Vilonia, AR 22:45:00
5 seconds duration. I faced east, it went from south to north. Green/white color and very bright.
18 May 2013 - J.B., Augusta, Arkansas, USA 22:40:00
Approx 4 seconds duration. S-N direction. Bright blue and green with white flashes. Bright as the moon, flashes as bright as the sun, like lightning. Small pieces like sparks. Could swear I heard a distant jet-like noise which may have been an actual jet but it did directly coincide with the meteor, so... ????
18 May 2013 - Michael Schoelzel, Mascoutah, IL, 22:40 cst
I saw the last 2 seconds. It started east and traveled west. I was looking south. Super brilliant white & green. Super bright! Fragmentation, looked like it disintegrated with green fragments as it was breaking apart. Probably second most amazing thing I've seen, right after last week's observation, interestingly in the same area of the sky from my point of view. Simply breathtaking! Something is really not right here, I've been fascinated with the sky all my life, but only in recent years, or better yet months, have I ever witnessed such wild activity, thank you for the interest, I feel better now having reported it!

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Three days after comet fragment appears in sky for 40 minutes, multicoloured fireball explodes above Australian Sunshine Coast

Initial Meteor Sighting Reports

23 May 2013 - Andrew, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, 19:35 AUST EST
2 to 3 seconds duration. I was facing NW, it came from SE and was heading NW. It appeared at 1 o'clock in the sky and everything disappeared at about 10 o'clock in the sky. Multicoloured! First greens and blues, then orange and a faint but noticeable boom about a minute later. It was very bright, although the moon was nearly full in the eastern sky. There was fragmentation into about 4 or 5 smaller chunks as well as what looked like the usual 'sparks' but only in the last 1 second. This is the first time I've heard a boom accompany a fireball. This one was very large and I have witnessed many large ones - a couple during daytime - but this one is definitely the best and biggest so far!
23 May 2013 - Luke K Moggil, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, approximately 19:30hrs
3 seconds duration. E-W, right to left, I was facing north. Blue trails followed scattering chucks, then an orange flame explosion. As bright as Venus. Multiple fragments trailed behind main body. It looked pretty amazing, with a very short-lived but colourful explosion.
23 May 2013 - Corbet Tamborine, QLD, Australia, 27.9°S, 153.1°E 19:35 GMT+10 (AUST EST)
2 - 3 seconds duration. Starting about 45 degrees above northern horizon, travelling to the north. White color, very bright, but not as bright as the nearly full moon. It was a single fireball with a tail.

Comment: Comet fragment wows stargazers with celestial maneuvers over Australia's Sunshine Coast, 20 May 2013

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Spectacular fireball blazes long trail over Northern Canada, 23 May 2013

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23 May 2013 - Diane Rourke, Boissevain, Manitoba, Canada 11:53 pm central
15 seconds duration. From west to northeast. Fireball with yellowish white color. Very bright and lasted a long time, amazing!
23 May 2013 - Charity Woods, Grandview, Manitoba, 23:50
At least 20 seconds duration. I lost sight of it becuse of trees in the way. It appeared to be going from west to east. I was facing west. White color. No sound. It looked like a huge ball of fire. I thought a plane was going down. It was brighter than the moon, and it's a full moon tonight! It looked huge and amazing!
23 May 2013 - C.K., Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada 22:50
30 seconds duration in clear sky. WOW! SW to NE travel. Orange with long tail. Bright and large, best meteor we've ever seen! Very bright orange fireball with sparks coming from the tail. Best ever stellar event!

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Yet another bright fireball lights up Eastern Seaboard, 27 May 2013

© LunarMeteoriteHunter / Google Earth

Initial Meteor Sighting Reports

27 May 2013 - Christos Koutentis, Manhattan, NY 00:07, Eastern Standard Time
3 seconds duration. Travelling West. Blue / turquoise color. Brighter than Venus. No fragmentation. South of Manhattan. Apartment window facing south-west.
27 May 2013 - Mike Kelly, Bordentown, NJ, 00:10 EST
5 seconds duration. East to west direction?? Blue and white color. Very bright streak. Awesome, fast and beautiful.

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Bright fireball fragments over Northeastern U.S., 26 May 2013

© LunarMeteoriteHunter / Google Earth
Initial Meteor Reports

26 May 2013 - Jane Meyerhofer, Leesburg, VA. 21:00
5 seconds duration. East to west direction. Green/white color. Brighter than Venus. Broke into several pieces. Smaller than the moon but way bigger than a planet.
26 May 2013 - Alexander Eichenlaub, Bellefonte, PA 21:03
3 seconds duration. SE-NW direction. Pink/purple color along with a 'pop' sound. Same brightness as Venus. Fragmented into three pieces at the end of its trail. There were four witnesses. Not sure if the popping sound is related.

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Comet fragment wows stargazers with celestial maneuvers over Australia's Sunshine Coast, 20 May 2013

© Chelly Milzewski
This image of the unidentified flying object was was captured by reader Chelly Milzewski on Saltwater Creek Rd in Maryborough about 5.20pm on Monday.
Up to a dozen people have reported seeing a strange light in the sky over Toogoom on Monday evening.

Toogoom resident Maggie MacLeod sparked the influx of reports yesterday when she posted about the "bright, comet-like" UFO on the Fraser Coast Chronicle Facebook page.

"It was going down, then sideways and then the tail disappeared," she said.

"I went up to a group of people on the beach and pointed it out to them ... by this time it was a big red ball in the sky near where the sun had set.

Comment: The eyewitness descriptions are very interesting because they synch with historical accounts of comets doing very strange things high up in the sky during past times of increased cometary flux. Clearly then the ancients were not imagining things... they were witnessing the electrical interaction of cometary bodies that appear to change direction, stand still, suddenly begin spinning, etc. as they discharge the Earth's atmosphere.

See here and here for recent videos of comet fragments pulling off spectacular celestial maneuvers. Note in particular this video report from a very similar event almost exactly three years ago in the same part of Australia.


Massive fireball seen over Ireland, Wednesday 22 May, 2013

A massive fireball was spotted blazing across the Irish sky on Wednesday night by thousands of people across the country. We have received reports from people from all over Ireland who saw the spectacle on Wednesday, at approximately 10:45pm.
This exceptionally big and bright meteor is known as a fireball, and can in some cases contain as much energy as an atomic bomb. Fireballs are often big enough to survive the fall through Earth's atmosphere, and can sometimes drop fragments of space rock down to Earth's surface.

The fireball is likely to be a piece of a comet or asteroid that passed near Earth's orbit sometime in the past, or the result of debris floating in space left over from when the Solar System and the planets formed billions of years ago.

If you saw the meteor, please send in your report HERE. We will gather reports and perform an analysis over the coming week. With enough results, it will be possible to determine where any meteorites may have landed!

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Maryland witnesses report seeing large, bright meteor

If you saw a bright light blazing across the sky early Saturday and thought you might be going crazy, you're not, and you're not alone. Dozens of witnesses across the state and the region reported seeing what astronomers are calling a fragmenting meteoric fireball. Witnesses saw the fireball as early as 12:18 a.m. and as late as 1 a.m., with the majority of the area sightings coming at about 12:30 a.m. Some of the witnesses also reported hearing delayed booms.

The fireball - a term used to describe an unusually bright meteor - is believed to have entered the atmosphere near Washington and traveled northwest before terminating in central Pennsylvania, according to the American Meteor Society.

The society received reports of sightings by 13 Marylanders among the 60 witnesses, who saw the meteor in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio.

Four reports were submitted by residents of Frederick County, one each from Frederick, Thurmont, Brunswick and Walkersville. Two sightings were also reported in Westminster.

"It was the brightest traveling object I have ever seen," the Walkersville witness wrote.

"It was neon bright," reported the witness in Brunswick.

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Exploding meteorite may have sealed fate of the mammoths

© Alamy
Scientists have claimed an exploding meteorite may have sealed the fate of the woolly mammoth.
Researchers have found evidence that a large meteorite broke apart in the atmosphere around 12,800 years ago at around the time when mammoths died out.

Studying deposits at 18 archaeological sites around the world they found tiny spheres of carbon they say are characteristic of multiple impacts and mid-air explosions from meteorite fragments.

They claim that millions of tonnes of dust and ash thrown would have been thrown into the atmosphere by the event, which would have choked the atmosphere and altered the global climate.

Their findings cast doubt on claims that it was human hunting that was responsible for the demise of large ice age animals like woolly mammoths, woolly rhinos and sabre toothed tigers.

Many scientists now believe that it was a combination of changes in the climate and pressure from human hunting that led to the mass extinction of many of these species.

However, the cause of the abrupt change in the climate between 12,800 and 11,500 years ago, known as the Younger Dryas by geologists, has been a controversial topic.

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Geological upheaval - April 2013