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Meteor sighted over Missouri

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© Stock image from NBC
Springfield - Many of you contacted us after seeing a flash of light in the sky and hearing a big boom late Friday night. We may now have an answer to the question, "What was that?"

Local astronomers say it was a meteor associated with the Eta Aquarids meteor shower, which is set to peak early Tuesday.

The American Meteor Society states that fireballs could be seen across seven states.

After hearing initial reports from viewers around 10:30 Friday night, KY3 posted a Facebook status asking people if they had seen anything and where they were located. More than 2,000 people commented on the post saying that they had seen and/or heard fireballs.

KY3 contacted local authorities Friday night. They did not immediately have an explanation for the flash or the boom.

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Comet fragment? Unidentified flaming object over Ibiza, Spain - 16 April

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The appearance of some kind of body in flames went across the sky of Ibiza last Wednesday evening, created all kinds of speculation on the island. From a possible large meteor to the launch of a missile or rocket, several ideas were shuffled between astronomers and space enthusiasts since the video recording was released by IB3 yesterday.

The events began on Wednesday about seven thirty in the afternoon, when a free-lance camera man, Eduardo de Miguel, who was in the area of Country Club (municipality of Sant Josep ) noticed something unusual in the sky. He grabbed his camera and was able to capture in perfect condition almost three minutes footage of this strange object, following the path West, i.e. towards Sant Antoni. As seen in the video (visible in www.diariodeibiza.es ) , the body appears as a white ball of flames which looks like a typical meteorite or comet.


Members of the Astronomical Association in Eivissa (EPA ) quickly said that it could be a meteorite ( the apex body seems to be right ). This newspaper sought information from the Ministry of Defense and after the video was examined by the department from the Air Force an official spokesman denied that could be a rocket, missile or military vehicle and considered that it is most certainly a piece of "space junk". In particular, it would be a piece (not necessarily small) a section of a spaceship or rocket, after being in orbit, and then it had re-entered the atmosphere on Wednesday. When this happens, objects catching fire by friction with the air, developing a trail of flames and smoke.

Comment:
Reports of meteors or loud booms around the time of this sighting:
Fireball meteors over Japan, 17-19 April 2014
Spectacular fireball from space explodes over Russian city (Video) - 19 April 2014
New Hampshire residents say loud noise sounded like sonic boom - 16 April 2014
Loud boom in Florida blamed on military aircraft - 16 April 2014

Also, this sighting over Ibiza is similar to a sighting of a flaming object over Finland in 2006.




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Bus-size asteroid buzzes Earth, comes closer than the Moon

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© NASA/JPL-Caltech
This NASA graphic shows the orbit of asteroid 2014 HL129. Discoveryed on April 28, 2014, the asteroid passed close by Earth on May 3, coming within 186,000 miles of the planet.
A small asteroid about the size of a city bus zipped by Earth at a range closer than the moon early Saturday (May 3), but posed no threat to our planet.

The newly discovered asteroid 2014 HL129 came within 186,000 miles (299,338 kilometers) of Earth when it made its closest approach on Saturday morning, which is close enough to pass between the planet and the orbit of the moon. The average distance between the Earth and moon is about 238,855 miles (384,400 km).

You can watch a video animation of asteroid 2014 HL129's orbit around the sun on Space.com. The asteroid is about 25 feet (7.6 meters) wide, according to NASA's Asteroid Watch project based at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. It made its closest approach to Earth at 4:13 a.m. EDT (0813 GMT).

Saturday's close shave by asteroid 2014 HL129 came just days after its discovery on Wednesday, April 28, by astronomers with the Mt. Lemmon Survey team, according to an alert by the Minor Planet Center, an arm of the International Astronomical Union that chronicles asteroid discoveries. The Mt. Lemmon Survey team scans the night sky with a telescope at the Steward Observatory atop Mt. Lemmon in Arizona's Catalina Mountains.

NASA scientists and researchers around the world constantly monitor the sky for potentially dangerous asteroids that could pose a risk of impacting the Earth.

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"Massive" meteor sighted over New Zealand

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New Zealanders are reporting sightings of a "massive" meteor seen in the skies over the country last night.

Edward Ennis, of Christchurch, said he saw a "massive meteor burn up in the sky" from his home in Spreydon about 7.55pm.

"Never seen anything like it," he said. "Amazing."

Vice president of the Canterbury Astronomical Society Adrian Kelly said he was holding an open night at the organisation's observatory when a "sizable fragmented fireball" was seen.

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Heaven and Earth: Earth Changes and Strange Signs in March and April 2014

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Here are some of the events I picked up in March and April.

My series include strange phenomena of all kinds and awesome natural events or beautiful phenomena in the previous month or so. I try to make people focus on the important things. Enjoy!

These videos try to make people aware of the powerfulness of the world we are living in. It's but a fraction, and I'm far from covering all events from these past two months.

Do good. Good will return to you. By one way or an other.


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I don't earn financial benefit from this video and I have the PERSONAL AGREEMENT of EACH artists' work I share in this video.

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Fireball meteors over Japan, 17-19 April 2014

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Via Japan's Fireball Network, SonotaCo @ sonotaco.jp


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Astronauts reveal sobering data on asteroid impacts: Since 2001, 26 atomic-bomb-scale explosions have occurred in remote locations around the world

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The bolide that impacted the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk in Feb. 2013 detonated with the equivalent of 530 kilotons of TNT, injuring over 1,200 people.
This Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, three former NASA astronauts will present new evidence that our planet has experienced many more large-scale asteroid impacts over the past decade than previously thought... three to ten times more, in fact. A new visualization of data from a nuclear weapons warning network, to be unveiled by B612 Foundation CEO Ed Lu during the evening event at Seattle's Museum of Flight, shows that "the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a 'city-killer' sized asteroid is blind luck."

Since 2001, 26 atomic-bomb-scale explosions have occurred in remote locations around the world, far from populated areas, made evident by a nuclear weapons test warning network. In a recent press release B612 Foundation CEO Ed Lu states:

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Cosmic roulette: Astronauts warn that "we are literally in a shooting gallery"

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© Former US astronauts are behind an early warning asteroid strikes project.
As members of an elite band of cosmic explorers, they are among the few to have gone beyond the final frontier and looked down on the Earth from space.

Now, inspired by the unique perspective they gained of their home planet - and armed with startling new data about the scale of the threat it faces from asteroid strikes - a group of former Nasa astronauts is on an extraordinary mission to save the world.

Fourteen months after a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, on a scale equivalent to 30 Hiroshima bombs, the B612 Foundation, a non-profit group founded by the Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart and the space shuttle astronaut Dr Ed Lu, is warning that only "blind luck" has so far saved us from worse.

Comment: Unfortunately these astronauts are a day late and a dollar short, and asteroid defense systems seem somewhat of a pipe dream. Speaking of pipe dreams, perhaps a better defense would be to kick the psychopaths out of power, learn to create a more just, honest world, and start living by the rules of the universe.

Xenophobic Self-Destruction Or, How the Odyssey and the Old and New Testaments Can Predict Our Future

Celestial Intentions: Comets and the Horns of Moses



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Spectacular fireball from space explodes over Russian city (Video) - 19 April 2014

A suspected meteorite explosion has been recorded by citizens of the northern Russian city of Murmansk.
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Multiple drivers with dashcams out on the streets of the 300,000-people city at 2.10am on Saturday noticed a bright blue trail speed across the night sky, then explode while still in the air.

Most observers identified the object as a meteorite, though officials have neither confirmed it nor said where the fragments are likely to have landed. Others speculated that the object may have been space debris, re-entering the atmosphere.

Emergency services say there were no injuries as a result of the astral event.

While tens of tons of cosmic dust reaches the Earth's atmosphere each day, the number of meteorites that reach the surface may be about 500 a year, though most are small, and scientists do not have a precise calculation.

The most spectacular meteorite of recent years was over the Urals city of Chelyabinsk last year, when an astral body exploded in the sky with the strength of 40 Hiroshima bombs, temporarily blinding and deafening hundreds of people below.


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Meteorite lit up the sky of Juarez, Mexico - 12 April 2014

Translated from Spanish by Sott.net

The phenomenon was discussed in social networks and subsequently confirmed by witnesses of the neighboring area and Juarez city.
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© Juarense Astronomical Society
The Juarense Astronomical Society, through its website at Facebook, confirmed "we were able to capture on camera an intense light caused by a large meteorite that crossed the sky in Ciudad Juarez on Saturday night, April 12."

They added: "Usually, when an intense stream of light is observed through the night sky, it is a clear indication that this is a meteorite from outer space. These are objects are the size of a basketball. Upon entering our atmosphere, they burn from the tremendous force of air friction from traveling more than 60,000 miles per hour. The stella changes color as it crosses different temperature zones, and usually, if the sky is clear and dark, the stella registers the seven colors of the rainbow. When the stella is no longer seen, there may be two causes: either the fireball has disintegrated completely, or due to cooling, the object has turned off and finally hit the ground, making the bolide in what we call a meteorite."

Comment: Considering the location of Juarez, it's likely the same fireball that was seen from El Paso to Phoenix and SW U.S. on the same day:

Blazing fireball spotted in the sky above Arizona, 12 April 2014
Meteor lights up Phoenix skies - "fireball falling from the sky"
Meteor seen streaking across the Southwest U.S. sky