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Meteor sighted over Liberal, Kansas

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A large, vibrant meteor lit up sky over Liberal early this morning, and one man who witnessed the meteor was impressed.

While dodging traffic turning into National Beef's north entrance at Eighth Street and U.S. Highway 54 this morning, Leader & Times Managing Editor Larry Phillips witnessed a large meteorite streaking through the sky just west of Liberal.

"Just as I was coming into town - at 65 mph - as always, two eastbound cars turned right in front of me onto Eighth Street," Phillips said. "I hit my bright lights and my brakes.

"As I passed the intersection just behind the second car turning in, I caught a large white light out of my peripheral vision in my upper right side of the windshield," he continued. "It was too large and moving too fast to be a plane, and then a large tail started developing, and I knew it was a meteor.

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Meteor spotted shooting across the Colorado sky

A meteor shot across the sky Thursday morning.

Chris Peterson, who works at the Cloudbait Observatory, said after comparing two videos, he believes it began over Mead and ended over Yuma.

It traveled about 125 mi. and the height was about 28 mi. Peterson estimates the meteor's speed to about 35,000 mph.

While that sounds fast to some, it classifies the meteor as a low, slow meteor, which will most likely to drop meteorites.

Peterson also said this meteor is not part of the Orionid meteor shower, which peaked a few days ago and still has some minor activity.

This is a sporadic meteor that's unassociated with any other showers.


Orionid meteor shower: Huge grazing meteor over New Mexico - October 19, 2013

Despite a bright moon, the Orionid meteor shower produced some amazing cosmic sights for stargazers. Here some videos coming back on the 15 Orionid meteors detected, including two brilliant fireballs.
A bright grazing fireball was caught on video over New Mexico on October 19, 2013

Fireball network catches a very bright Meteor streaking across the sky in a Southwest Motion Saturday, October 19 at 8:16 PM local time. The fireball was picked up New Mexico State University meteor camera. It looks to be a grazing fireball. Credit: NASA / N M State university

Here another video showing some of the 15 Orionid fireballs caught by the NASA all-sky network on October 20 2013


Huge half-ton chunk of Chelyabinsk meteorite lifted from lakebed

© RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kondratuk
The largest-discovered fragment of a Russian meteorite, weighing around 570 kilograms, has been lifted from the bed of Lake Chebarkul in the Urals.

The huge meteorite chunk split into three pieces when scientists tried to weigh it. The precise weight could not be established because the heavy object broke the scales.

"The preliminary examination... shows that this is really a fraction of the Chelyabinsk meteorite. It's got thick burn-off, the rust is clearly seen and it's got a big number of indents. This chunk is most probably one of the top ten biggest meteorite fragments ever found," said Sergey Zamozdra, associate professor of Chelyabinsk State University, as cited by Interfax news agency.

He explained that it was important to establish the weight of the fragment in order to learn more about the qualities of the whole of the meteorite.

The lifted chunk was taken to the regional natural history museum. The plan is to have a small sample of it X-rayed to determine what minerals it consists of.

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Two fireball events captured on video over Scotland

A lucky photographer captured the rare moment a fireball lit up the sky above Sligachan on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The rare event was accidentally captured by landscape photographer Marcus McAdam, who has been working on a time lapse video showing a year on Skye condensed into minutes.

Recently, he set his camera to record the stars over the Cuillin Mountains overnight. Describing what he discovered the next day, Marcus told Rex Features: "As I was loading the images onto my computer, one thumbnail stood out as being quite different to the others, so I enlarged it and saw a huge streak across the sky".

Unsure what he had captured, he asked his Facebook followers and they pointed to a news story about reports of a fireball seen in the sky. Amazingly, he has since discovered that the phenomenon he recorded was a different fireball - meaning there were two within 50 miles of each other at around the same time.

Marcus added: "I've since learnt that this is an extremely rare event, and even rarer to be photographed, as the whole thing happens in less than a second".

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Five most dramatic asteroids caught on camera

As reports suggest Earth will have a close shave with a 1,345-foot (410m) asteroid in 2032, we look back at five that created a stunning spectacle but left Earth largely unscathed.

The Chelyabinsk asteroid which caused widespread damage in Russia's southern Urals in February maybe the best known, but it's far from the only asteroid sighting captured for posterity.

One of the earliest sightings to be caught on camera was of the Great Daylight Fireball of 1972. Estimated to have been travelling at nine miles per second, it streaked across Utah before flying over Canada.

Police officers out on patrol appear to have a good track record in spotting the flaming fireballs - two of the clips featured above were filmed by in-car cameras fitted to police cars.

With increasing numbers of CCTV systems and dashboard cameras in vehicles, it seems likely that such sightings will increasingly be captured on video.

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16 October 2013: NASA's All-Sky Fireball Network captured 15 fireballs over U.S. in one night!

Every night, a network of NASA all-sky cameras scans the skies above the United States for meteoritic fireballs. Automated software maintained by NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office calculates their orbits, velocity, penetration depth in Earth's atmosphere and many other characteristics. Daily results are presented here on Spaceweather.com.

On Oct. 16, 2013, the network detected 15 fireballs. (12 sporadics, 1 chi Taurid, 1 southern Taurid, 1 Orionid)
All Sky Fireball Network
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In this diagram of the inner solar system, all of the fireball orbits intersect at a single point--Earth. The orbits are color-coded by velocity, from slow (red) to fast (blue). [Larger image] [movies]


Russian divers recover half-tonne meteorite from lake

Divers have recovered part of a meteorite, weighing 570 kilograms, which exploded in Chelyabinsk, Russia earlier this year.

The fragment is the largest to be retrieved so far following the Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded over the southern Urals city on February 15.

Pieces of the meteorite - the largest recorded strike in more than a century - crashed to the bottom of Lake Chebarkul in Russia's Chelyabinsk region.

Divers searched for the fragments in the lake for two months before finding the meteorite chunk.

"It is beautiful, its gorgeous," said Nikolai Mizulin, director of the dive company that retrieved the 570 kilogram piece of rock.

More than 1,600 people were injured by the shock wave explosion as the meteor landed.

The force of the shock wave was estimated to be as strong as 20 Hiroshima atom bombs

The dramatic footage of the meteorite falling to earth was filmed by witnesses.

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Dramatic meteor streak over Maryland

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A rash of reports came in about 8 p.m. Monday of a giant meteor shooting through the sky over Maryland, according to The Washington Post.

Witnesses said on social media that the meteor was in the northeast sky traveling eastward.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) reported:
Over 63 (so far) witnesses reporteda large fireball over Lancaster County last night (10/14) around 8:25 PM local EDT (0:25 on 10/15 UT.) The fireball was seen from primarily Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia but witnesses from Washington DC, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania also reported seeing the fireball.
We are currently investigating more reports about this event.

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Fireball meteor lights up aurora display over Scotland

© Byron Griffiths
Byron Griffiths captured this shot from the eastern side of the Isle of Lewis.
A display of the Northern Lights over the Highlands and Islands of Scotland has been lit up by a fireball meteor.

Images of the aurora borealis were captured in clear skies on Monday night, including along the west coast and in the Western Isles.

The Northern Lights are generated when particle streams from the sun collide with atoms high up in the atmosphere.

Byron Griffiths, who lives on the Isle of Lewis, took one shot of the fireball as it fell through the sky.