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Meteor strikes Tatouine, home of Star Wars

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Star Wars Mos Espa set in Tozeur.
Over the weekend, Tunisia received a jolt from a galaxy far, far away.

A space object, likely a meteorite, fell on Sunday in a rural desert area of the Tataouine governorate in southern Tunisia, not far from the filming location of the first Star Wars movie, according to local radio reports.

Witnesses, according to Radio Tataouine, say that a bright object was seen falling from the sky at around 8 p.m. and then exploded on the ground. The streaking space object was reportedly visible from the city of Tataouine, the governorate's capital.

No injuries or damages have been reported from the rural, arid area.

Comment: It's very unlikely that it struck the ground. Based on the following local news report, translated by SOTT.net, it sounds like it exploded overhead.

It did, however, alarm the Tunisian government into sending its military to the area...

Multiple deafening overhead explosions from incoming meteor shake Tunisian desert


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Multiple deafening overhead explosions from incoming meteor shake Tunisian desert

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Translated by SOTT.net

Radio Tataouine has revealed information about the fall of a meteorite on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 at around 20.15, in southern Tunisia at the town of Remada (Tataouine governorate). The locality was visited by Marzouki [editor: the interim President of Tunesia] a few days ago!

It happened shortly after 8 pm, when the deafening noise of three explosions rocked the entire region, which lies at the heart of a military buffer area created by the army.

Residents who feared the worst, given the magnitude of the explosions, were somewhat appeased by the intervention of the armed groups and the national guard who rushed to the scene of the impact and stated that it was actually a fall from a celestial body in this uninhabited area.

There is certainly a lot going on in this declared closed area!

Comment: We'll see how "appeased" the residents are when the army shows up after the next one's shockwaves hit terra firma!


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Meteor's overhead explosion rocks Wrexham, Wales, 16 March 2011

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Emergency services dashed to the Pandy area of Wrexham to check out reports of a massive explosion.

Worried residents said the blast was followed by a sheet of white light which lit up the sky.

But after spending about two hours searching the area late on Monday night, police and fire service patrols found nothing to indicate what caused the bang, which was heard as far away as Acton and is said to have been so severe that it shook buildings.

Calls from concerned residents began flooding into North Wales Police at around 10pm.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service was also alerted and sent three crews from the Wrexham station to Pandy.

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How many falling fireballs and sun-grazing comets will it take to wake people up?

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A video collection of just some of the fireballs that have been seen around the world in the past couple of years, along with some stats that indicate they are happening more and more often.


Comment: Should we be worried? NASA certainly is. Their advice?

Pray...




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It's only thanks to amateur astronomers that we know comets and asteroids are regularly impacting Jupiter

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The first of these collisions was observed by A. Wesley from Australia and C. Go from Philippines on June, 3 2010. The second object was observed by three Japanese amateur observers (M. Tachikawa, K. Aoki and M. Ichimaru) on August, 20 that year and a third collision was observed by G. Hall from USA on September, 10 2012 after a report of a visual observation from D. Petersen from USA.
Amateur astronomers observing Jupiter with video cameras for the past three years have observed a trio of collisions between small stellar objects occurring around the planet, according to research presented last week at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC 2013) in London.

The collisions are similar but smaller in scale than the meteor explosion that occurred over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February, explained Ricardo Hueso of the University of the Basque Country in Spain. Hueso presented a detailed report of these collisions during EPSC 2013, which concluded on Friday.

Such collisions are not uncommon in the Solar System, the researchers explained. Most smaller objects such as asteroids and comets have stable orbits, but some of them travel in orbits that place them at risk of colliding with planets. The smaller the objects, the more numerous they are and the more likely they are to cause collisions.


Comment: Not necessarily. The obvious reason that no one seems to want to spell out is that more material - big and small, 'stable' and 'unstable' - has entered the inner solar system. When it comes down to it, what everyone on this planet is about to learn is that there is no such thing as 'stability' in space!


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Alabama overhead explosion caused sonic boom and 'came from unknown comet'

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The meteor, traveling at about 76,000 mph, exploded about 25 miles above Woodstock, Alabama.
A baseball-sized meteor blasted over the southeastern United States on Monday night, creating a bright streak of light, a sonic boom and a ruckus on Twitter, officials said on Tuesday.

The meteor appeared at 9:18 p.m. EDT over Alabama, traveling at about 76,000 mph. It exploded 25 miles above Woodstock, Alabama, located about 30 miles from Birmingham.

"Objects of this size hit the Earth's atmosphere on a daily basis, but this one happened near Birmingham, which is a fairly decently sized city and lot of people saw it," Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, told Reuters.

Many of the more than 180 eyewitness reports came from people attending a Mumford & Sons concert in Birmingham.

"This one wasn't at 2 in the morning, so a lot of people were out and about," Cooke said.

"I saw what I first thought was a falling star and then it turned bright green," an observer from Anniston, Alabama, posted on the American Meteor Society website.

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Balloon sent to edge of atmosphere picks up organisms 'that can only have come from space'

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Professor Wickramasinghe, 74, and his team from the University of Sheffield sent a specially designed balloon into the atmoshphere during the annual Perseid meteor shower last month in August
British scientists believe they have found evidence alien life after sending a balloon to the edge of space. The team of scientists sent a balloon 27km into the stratosphere and captured small biological organisms they say can only have come from space. The group, headed up by astrobiologist Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, claims the 'seeds of life' have been transported between planets by passing meteors.

Professor Wickramasinghe, 74, and his team from the University of Sheffield sent a specially designed balloon into the atmosphere above Chester during the annual Perseid meteor shower. The balloon was carrying sterile microscope slides which were only exposed to the atmosphere at heights of 27km.

When the balloon fell back down to Earth the scientists discovered microscopic aquatic algae on the microscope slides - which they say can only be alien life forms.

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Huge asteroid 324 Bamberga makes a return visit to Earth's neighborhood on Friday the 13th

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The path of 324 Bamberga through Pisces from September 8th to October 10th.
This week offers a fine chance to catch sight of a unique asteroid.

324 Bamberga reaches opposition this week in the constellation Pisces on (friggatriskaidekaphobics take note) Friday the 13th at 2PM EDT/16:00 Universal Time.

About 230 kilometres in size, 324 Bamberga reaches 0.81 astronomical units from the Earth this week. No other asteroid so large gets so close. Discovered on February 25th, 1892 by Johann Palisa, 324 Bamberga only reaches a favorable opposition once every 22 years.

Shining at magnitude +8.1, 324 Bamberga is also one of the highest numbered asteroids visible with binoculars. Earth-crossing asteroids 433 Eros, which made a close pass last year, and 4179 Toutatis are two of the very few asteroids that possess a larger number designations that can regularly reach +10th magnitude.

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Second meteor explosion over Ferrara, Italy, within two days

A first meteorite exploded in the sky of Ferrara Italy on September 3 2013. Two days after, this one was filmed by the exact same cameras.


The images were shot at 10:11 pm on September 5, 2013 west of Ferrara, Italy.

Comment: See also Massive fireball causes overhead explosion in Italy 3 September-2013


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Green fireball seen over eastern U.S. coast

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What in the world was that?

People tweeting about a green light "falling" from the sky Wednesday don't have the slightest clue.

But according to Geoff Chester, of the U.S. Naval Observatory, the celestial display was a rock, "probably something about the size of a basketball," entering the Earth's atmosphere at a speed in excess of 40 miles per second.

"Friction with the Earth's atmosphere causes the characteristic greenish glow," he says.

The light was seen by people up and down the Eastern Seaboard late Wednesday evening.

Chester says these "fireballs" occur almost daily, but aren't always reported because 70 percent of the planet's surface is covered in water and because most of the world's people reside near coast lines.

Obviously, since this light was visible to the East Coast of the U.S., plenty of people spotted it.