Welcome to Sott.net
Thu, 21 Oct 2021
The World for People who Think

Fireballs

Fireball 4

Loud bang heard, green light seen in northern Thailand could be a bolide

Meteor over Thailand
© Alisa Seya
The mysterious explosive sound and turquoise glow seen and photographed in northern Thailand on Tuesday evening could be a bolide, a kind of very bright meteor, said the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT).

The loud bang was heard in Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Phayao, Mae Hong Son and Lampang provinces, while several netizens posted images of the light moving from west to east last night.

No damage or injuries have been reported, according to the Thai authorities.

A meteor that enters Earth's atmosphere normally catches fire at an altitude of 80-120 kilometres and occasionally causes a sonic boom, in the same way a supersonic plane does. This would explain why the light was seen before a loud bang was heard.

It remains unclear if the object was a meteorite and most meteors burn up in the atmosphere before striking the ground. There are around 6,000 meteorites entering Earth's atmosphere each year, with most falling into the oceans or remote areas, according to NARIT's director of astronomical academic services department Suparerk Karuehanon, adding that they are a common occurrence and there is no need for panic.

Comet 2

Comet strike 13,000-years-ago may have sparked civilisation shift

A cluster of comet fragments believed to have hit Earth nearly 13,000 years ago may have shaped the origins of human civilisation, research suggests.
Archaeological site in Arizona, US,
© Comet Research Group
Archaeological site in Arizona, US, with a distinctive black layer, indicating substantial environmental changes beginning about 10,800 BC, with impact debris at its base.
Possibly the most devastating cosmic impact since the extinction of the dinosaurs, it appears to coincide with major shifts in how human societies organised themselves, researchers say.

Their analysis backs up claims that an impact occurred prior to start of the Neolithic period in the so-called Fertile Crescent of southwest Asia.

During that time, humans in the region - which spans parts of modern-day countries such as Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon - switched from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to ones centred on agriculture and the creation of permanent settlements.

Catastrophic event

It is thought that the comet strike - known as the Younger Dryas impact - also wiped out many large animal species and ushered in a mini ice age that lasted more than 1,000 years.

Since it was proposed in 2007, the theory about the catastrophic comet strike has been the subject of heated debate and much academic research.

Now, researchers from the University of Edinburgh have reviewed evidence assessing the likelihood that an impact took place, and how the event may have unfolded.

Attention

Residents in Maghull, England perplexed as loud 'explosions' reverberate throughout the region

Maghull England
© Washington Newsday
People in Maghull were perplexed as loud explosions were heard.

Residents in Maghull were left perplexed when huge explosions reverberated throughout the region.

The bangs are thought to have originated near Ashworth Hospital in Maghull's east end.

According to residents, they were initially heard around 9 p.m. last night.

One resident, who lives about an hour's walk from the hospital, explained: "I was watching football with my husband in my living room with the French doors open when I got a text from my brother-in-law saying, "Did you hear the pistol shots?"

"It was around 9 p.m.," says the narrator. It was a little startling, but strangely, no sirens were heard after that."

Some locals speculated on Facebook, with one stating the sounds were caused by a motorcycle backfiring and another believing the sounds were related to farming.

Fireball 4

Meteor fireball over the southwest of Bohemia, Czech Republic

fireball
A meteoroid flew over the eastern part of Bavaria and southwestern Bohemia on Thursday evening. The body, weighing approximately five kilograms, disintegrated during the flight, said Pavel Spurný from the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Ondřejov, Central Bohemia. Meteoroid fragments can be found mainly in Šumava.

The meteoroid entered the Earth's atmosphere on Thursday shortly before 10:00 pm in the area around the German city of Deggendorf. "At that time, the body was moving at a speed of 11.7 kilometers per second, and along a runway sloping to the earth's surface of less than 25 degrees, it continued to fly in an east-southeast direction and gradually brightened," said Spurný.


Comet 2

The Fall of Phaethon - Long published field evidence supports Bronze Age Bavarian impact

Rubens-Fall_of_Phaeton.jpg
© Wikimedia Commons
Rubens-Fall_of_Phaeton
The Chiemgau impact in Bavarian Germany stands out as particularly sympathetic crater martyr. The evidence for a euro-apocalypse is sincerely published and well established as a legitimate hypothesis based on decades of meticulous fieldwork, but entirely ignored because it happened relatively recently in geological terms. The coolest thing about the Chiemgau impact is how it supports a most ancient story concerning the god Phaethon, who crossed the sky in a day.
Phaethon appealed to his father, who swore to prove his paternity by giving him whatever he wanted. Phaethon asked to be allowed to drive the chariot of the sun through the heavens for a single day. Helios, bound by his oath, had to let him make the attempt. Phaethon set off but was entirely unable to control the horses of the sun chariot, which came too near to the earth and began to scorch it. To prevent further damage, Zeus hurled a thunderbolt at Phaethon, who fell to the earth at the mouth of the Eridanus, a river later identified as the Po.
Another cool thing for the Tusk is that I first learned the Phaethon myth may represent an actual cosmic event way back in 1995. My original guru — on all this stuff — is old buddy Bob Kobres. His neo-digital worldwide web page back in 95′ opened my eyes to the possibility that ancient myth isn't all just caveman campfire stories. Bob believed that long related tales of 'god's wrestling in the sky' were based on actual observations of physically realistic cosmic impacts.

Fireball 3

Cameras record meteor fireball over northeast Brazil

fireball
Live Weather Cameras and our partner Bramon (Brazilian Meteor Observatory) recorded a meteor in the Northeast this Wednesday night (16).


(Translated by Google)

Fireball

Bolide over the south of Spain (June 14)

bolide
This stunning fireball was spotted over the south of Spain on 14 June 2021, at about 23:33 local time (equivalent to 21:33universal time). The event was generated by a rock from the potentially hazardous asteroid 2004HW. The rock hit the atmosphere at about 50,000 km / h and generated a fireball that began at an altitude of about 83 km over the southwest of the province of Málaga, and ended at a height of around 38 km over the east of the province of Sevilla .

Many casual eyewitnesses could see this bolide, most of them located in the provinces of Sevilla, Málaga, and Cádiz. The fireball was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), Sierra Nevada (Granada), and Calar Alto. The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).


Fireball

'Flaming stone' falls from the sky in Bacolod, Philippines

Stone falls from sky phillippines
A flaming stone that reportedly fell from the sky landed at the Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) campus in this city on Friday, Cebu Daily News (CDN) Digital reported.

According to NOHS principal Mario Amaca, he and other persons in the school heard a loud explosion at about 4pm.

Janette Sarcillo, the wife of one of the school's security guards, later reported that she found the "space stone" that fell near the guards' barracks.

"I saw the flaming object fall from the sky. It grew bigger and bigger as it approached the ground and made a loud explosion as it landed," she said.

A geologist of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office will visit the NOHS campus on Monday to identify the stone.

Amaca said the fireball turned out to be a shiny black stone that is about two and a half inches thick and three inches long.

Question

Meteorite? Earthquake? Sonic boom? Mystery noise wakes up North-West coast of Australia

Waratah NSW
© Brodie Weeding
Mystery surrounds a noise and rumble that was heard across areas of the North-West, including Waratah.
A post on Facebook asked whether anyone had heard an explosion at 2am.

People from Waratah, Wynyard, Burnie and Somerset replied to a post.

"Saw a bright flash which lit up the sky around 2am in Wynyard," Richard Middap posted.

"Cracked my bedroom window in West Mooreville," Nett Richards replied.

"Gone over Waratah. It broke a window," Judith Summers wrote.

Waratah resident Val Flemming said her window was left cracked after hearing and waking up to rumbling, shaking windows and a loud sound.

"It was clear it wasn't thunder, I know what thunder sounds like," she said.

"It could've been an earthquake, or a sonic boom.

Meteor

With quake ruled out, San Diego's 'mystery boom' was likely sonic

San Diego boom
© Fox5
A day after a "mystery boom" shook San Diego County, the strange sensation remains talk of the town — but so far there's still no clear explanation for the phenomenon.

From the South Bay through the city of San Diego and in to North County, residents reported a loud "boom" accompanied by the rattling of windows around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Monitors didn't record any sort of significant earthquake in the region at that time, leaving a single educated guess, geologist Pat Abbott, a professor at San Diego State, told FOX 5.

"If the sound didn't emanate from underground there's only one more place to look and that's up above," Abbott told FOX 5, referring to a sonic boom. "Some aircraft ... something traveling at a rate faster than sound, oriented in the right direction."

While officials at Camp Pendleton have warned that artillery exercises may be heard in parts of San Diego this week, the sensation appeared to emanate from farther south, based on reports from residents. A military spokesperson added that aircraft they had over San Diego at the time are not capable of supersonic flight.