There are increasing meteor reports recently all over the world. More debris from the Px tail...

ZetaTalk: Live Chat, written November 21, 2009

"When the debris from the tail of Planet X first started arriving in ernest, in 2004, the establishment chose to call this space junk. When the public became alarmed at the amount of space junk falling to Earth they tried to enhance the story by claiming that two satellites had crashed into each other, but this just made a bad story worse. Since fireballs have not gone away, but continued apace and if anything gotten worse, a new term has been used - asteroids. This is debris in the tail of Planet X, which is increasingly turning toward the Earth, hosed out from the N Pole of Planet X. This is why the wobble has gotten more violent, why electromagnetic disruption of dams and airplanes has occurred, and why blackouts will become more frequent. There will also be displays in the sky, some of which has already been noticed, from the electromagnetic tides assaulting the Earth's atmosphere. Stay tuned, more to come!"

March 3, 2012

Reports of a "bright light" and an "orange glow" were received by police across Scotland and the north of England around 9.40pm.

The Met Office tweeted: "Hi All, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite."

A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said the force had been "inundated" with calls about a bright object in the sky across the west of Scotland. A Durham Police spokeswoman said a number of calls came in around 9.45pm from concerned members of public who had seen a "bright light or a fire in the sky" and believed it may have been incidents involving an aircraft. "

It has been confirmed with air traffic control that there are no incidents of aircraftin difficult and nothing registered on radar," she said. "

The sightings are believed to be either an asteroid burning out or similar which has been restricted to the upper atmosphere only." Grampian Police said reports of people seeing a "flare or a bright object with a tail" were received from across the region. And Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary said numerous calls were made about a "large ball of fire in the sky" across Annandale and Eskdale.

One user wrote on the force's Facebook page: "It was awesome to see! Really big and bright!" Hundreds of people took to Twitter to report similar sightings across Scotland and the north of England. People described seeing a bright fireball moving across the sky with a large tail.

The Kielder Observatory also reported the sighting of a "huge fireball" travelling from north to south over Northumberland at 9.41pm. The Observatory posted on Twitter: "Of 30 years observing the sky #fireball best thing I have ever seen period."


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Comment by Scott on Sunday

Security Camera Films Meteor Streaking Across Ohio Sky
The spectacular display was seen from as far away as Wisconsin, Missouri and Michigan.

... A meteor streaked across the Ohio night sky on Thursday -- and the spectacular sight was caught on surveillance camera. 


Some 77 people have reported seeing the same fireball to the American Meteor Society, according to the organization's website.

It was spotted across the Ohio area, with other sightings coming from as far away as Missouri, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Michigan. 

Cincinnati Observatory's Dean Regas, who saw the meteor from his backyard, told WLWT it was "one of the brightest I have ever seen." 


This latest fireball came the night after what had been expected to be the peak of the annual mid-November Leonid meteor shower.

The shower is made up of tiny sand-sized bits of debris and dust that crumble off the Tempel-Tuttle comet as it passes the Earth. The particles ignite when they hit our atmosphere, and usually put on quite a show.

This year's Leonid shower -- which was predicted to peak in the early hours of Tuesday and Wednesday morning -- was quieter than usual, however, with only an estimated 15 meteors streaking across the sky per hour, according to ABC News.

Comment by Howard on November 11, 2015 at 7:11pm

November Fireball Reports Triple in 2015 (Nov 11)

The American Meteor Society has logged a record number of fireball reports in the last two weeks. In the whole of 2015 there have been 472 unique fireball events witnessed by 5 or more people each. 172 of those have been logged in the last 11 days. That means 36% of the 2015 fireballs events with 5 or more witnesses have occurred in the last 11 days between November 1st and 11th.

When we look at significant events with 10 or more witnesses each, from October 30th – November 10th 2015, the AMS cataloged 44 events versus 14 in the same time period of 2014 — that is a 3 times increase year over year.

Its clear in the daily fireball reports graph above, that daily witness reports of fireball events have more than doubled, and stayed strong, since the beginning of the November.


Comment by M. Difato on November 11, 2015 at 4:49pm

 A green fireball lit up the whole sky then burned out.

 Posted November 9, 2015 by Andrew Douglas

An aurora-hunting north-east photographer has captured a stunning image of a meteorite fireball falling to earth.

Leigh-Ann Mitchell, from Ellon, had been out at the weekend scouring the night skies for any sign of the Northern Lights.

The self-proclaimed “aurora chaser” settled at Pitfour Estate in Mintlaw, where she thought she had the best chance of capturing the spectacular light show.

But the 40-year-old amateur snapper got more than she bargained for when she captured the moment a fireball from the Taurid meteor shower fell from the sky, combined with the heavenly aurora glow.

The shower is notorious for producing fireball flares, and experts said this year would be the best chance to witness them yet.

Mrs Mitchell’s photograph has been viewed thousands of times since it was taken in the very early hours of Saturday morning, and shared across social media in every corner of the globe.

Meteorologists across the world have also praised the stunning image, saying she captured a once-in-a-lifetime event.

She said it was a phenomenon she never expected to see, and that she had simply been in the right place at the right time.

“I’m a keen aurora chaser so I’m out with the camera at any opportunity,” she explained.

“I often visit Pitfour during the day as it’s a wonderful place with the camera. I checked recently with my phone compass what angle north would be over the lake with an aurora shot in mind.

“Myself and my husband are radio amateurs so we follow the space weather sites online and keep a keen eye on the data.

“Friday and Saturday were looking good so we headed up to Pitfour around 8.30pm, but nothing exciting was happening so we headed back home.

“More data came through around midnight so we headed back up around 12.30am to get some good colour from the aurora.

“I started shooting and from nowhere a bright streak of light came down over the lake in front of us and a green fireball lit up the whole sky then burned out.

“Thank goodness the camera was shooting a 30 second exposure and captured the shot.

“I guess we were in the right place at the right time.”

* Unable to post picture due to copyright, see photo here

Comment by Howard on November 5, 2015 at 3:58pm

Fireballs Over Czech Republic (Nov 4)

There were almost a dozen exploding meteors--all brighter than Venus and one as bright as a crescent Moon. "It was a very active night," says Martin Popek of Nýdek (Czech republic) who activated a low-light camera in his backyard and let it run all night long.

"This is higher than usual activity," says meteor expert Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario.


Comment by Howard on November 3, 2015 at 3:38am

Fireball Over Northeast U.S. (Nov 1)

AMS has received over 100 reports of a bright fireball seen over the northeastern U.S. and Canada at 22:11 UTC.

Witness reports:

"Leading edge of fireball was blue, trailing tail was yellow/orange. Very bright, Very low, moving nearly horizontal, east to west."

"Probably the most incredible thing I've seen in the sky."

"This is the second one I saw in 4 days. The other one was twice as bright as Jupiter that morning and was almost straight down at 5:50 AM EST."

"I have seen many spectacular shooting/falling stars but this was definitely something else!"


Comment by Howard on November 2, 2015 at 4:17pm

Bright Fireball Lights Up Thai Skies (Nov 2)

A large ball of fire was seen streaking across the night sky in several parts of the country, including Bangkok, on Monday.

The suspected meteor was seen in Bangkok, Chon Buri, Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Pathom, among other provinces, around 8.35pm, according to messages sent to the JS100 Twitter account.

"I could see it clearly in Chum Pphae district, Khon Kaen province. It's moving west," said @Libpon on her Twitter account sent to JS100.

"I saw it on the expressway on my way to the Rama II exit, too," said @Kinokim_knk on another account.

The Thai Astronomical Society said shortly after on the Facebook page after the incident that it was "expected" to be a meteor.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 1, 2015 at 11:11pm

Very Bright Fireball Over Europe Last Night

Nov. 1 2015 8:30 AM

Last night (Halloween, Oct. 31, 2015) at around 19:00 local time, a smallish bit of cosmic debris entered Earth’s atmosphere and burned up over central Europe. It was very bright, and because it happened in the early evening, a lot of people saw it. Twitter was lit up with reports.

It was seen from south Sweden, Germany, Poland, and as far east as Belarus! Impressive.

Pictures and video started getting posted to YouTube and Twitter as well. Here’s one of the best ones, taken from Poland, that shows the fireball quite well.

As you can see, it gets bright very rapidly, leaves a nice glowing train (the technical term for the trail of glowing debris), and then you see the still-hot solid meteoroid fall away. This is typical behavior for meteors. The solid part (called the meteoroid) is moving so rapidly — usually more a few dozen kilometers per second — it rams the air in front of it violently. A compressed gas heats up, and the shocked air can reach several thousand degrees. This heats the meteoroid up, causing it to glow.

The rush of air past it blows the melted material off (this is called ablation), and that leaves the glowing train. The meteoroid decelerates viciously, falls below the speed where it heats the air up, and then begins its long fall to the ground (assuming it’s big enough to reach the ground). It may glow for a few more seconds, but at 40 – 80 km high the air is quite cold, and it cools rapidly. It may break apart, raining meteorites down over some area, or big chunks might hit as well. That last part’s rare, though. Unlike movies, where they show small pieces hitting at high speed, the meteoroid(s) slows to terminal velocity, usually a couple of hundred kilometers per hour (or much slower for smaller pieces), for the rest of the trip down.

This video missed the first second or two of the European event, but you can see the sky light up blue-green from it:

A lot of folks say it looked green to them, which means it may have been metallic; nickel glows green when heated to incandescence, and metallic meteoroids are generally mostly iron with several percent nickel. Magnesium can be blue-green as well, and that’s common in stony meteorites too.

On Twitter, I got a lot of people questioning if this was related to 2015 TB145, the 600-meter asteroid/dead comet that passed Earth yesterday. Almost certainly not; the direction it was moving doesn’t line up, and the difference in time makes it unlikely as well (remember, these things are moving at 20 – 40 kps, and TB145 passed us many hours earlier; they were separated by hundreds of thousands of kilometers at least).

This video, taken by the Polish Fireball Network, shows it moving roughly SE to NW; note the Big Dipper on the horizon.

As it happens, the annual Taurid meteor shower is ramping up right now. It’s possible this was related; that shower is known for its fireballs. The direction kinda sorta lines up, and the radiant of the shower (the part of the sky from which meteors appear to come) was just on or above the horizon at that time, so it’s possible. But if this fireball was in fact from a chunk of metal, it wasn’t related; Taurids come from an old comet, and have essentially no metal. Hopefully we’ll know more soon.

The final question is, how big was the meteoroid? It’s hard to tell. I’d guess it was less than a meter across, but that really is just a guess. Objects that small rarely survive re-entry intact, but again it depends on what they’re made of.

All in all, a nice example of a fireball, and a good reminder that our atmosphere does a great job protecting us from the 100 or so tons of material that hits us every day.

And, of course, a reminder to look up. You never know what you might see.

Comment by jorge namour on October 25, 2015 at 9:26pm

A meteor crossed the sky last night Tucuman - ARGENTINA

Sunday October 25, 2015,

Past 23 Shooting Star went northbound. It would have fallen near Rosario de la Frontera.

Tucuman were many who watched last night, with much astonishment, the passage of a shooting star northbound. Although there was no official confirmation, the body would have disintegrated on its entry into the atmosphere but in social networks claimed that had fallen near Rosario de la Frontera in Salta.

23 minutes after a strong flash in the sky tucumano caused a stir because of its brightness.

From Salta town there were reports of a loud explosion, which quickly was related to the phenomenon.

Comment by Howard on October 24, 2015 at 6:24pm

Bright Fireball over Southern California (Oct 23)

The American Meteor Society received over 230 reports so far about a fireball event over California Friday, October 23th 2015 ~ 10:33pm (Saturday, October 24th 2015 ~ 05:33 UT). Observers from as far as Tucson, AZ and southwestern Utah reported seeing a bright light in the sky. The event has also been seen from Sacramento, CA to San Diego, CA.

Witness accounts:

"I was driving on the 5 North freeway when I saw it. It was huge and glowing. It was definitely not a shooting star."

"This thing was bright Green almost the same color as the traffic light. It was was very bright and I thought it was going to impact."


Comment by Howard on October 24, 2015 at 6:17pm

Huge Fireball Sighted Over Western Finland (Oct 23)

The Ursa Astronomical Association’s online observation system lit up with reports of a large bright object streaking across the sky on Friday evening. The apparent fireball stirred consternation in neighbouring Sweden.

Finland’s main Astronomical Association, Ursa, says that dozens of people reported spotting a light phenomenon in the western skies just before 8 pm Friday. According to the Swedish newspaper Expressen, the apparent meteor startled some residents in the Stockholm area.

Most of the Finnish sightings were from the Turku region, with others ranging from southernmost Hanko to Merikarvia on the Ostrobothnian coast and Mariehamn in the Åland Islands.

Those reporting observations said the object was seen in the west-south-west sky, close to the horizon.

The streak of light lasted for several seconds, says Jukka-Pekka Teitto, coordinator of Ursa’s Artjärvi observation centre in Orimattila.

“This object from space has mostly moved across Sweden,” he tells Yle.

Teitto says that while this incident was particularly dramatic, there are in fact observations of meteors or fireballs over Finland nearly every week. Bursting into flame at an altitude of about 100 kilometres, they can often be seen over a large area.

Depending on their size and angle of approach, most fireballs flicker out at an altitude of 50-60 kilometres. They usually burn up completely, leaving only ash, says Teitto.

“If it’s a bigger piece, some of it may strike the earth’s surface, in which case it’s called a meteorite,” he explains.

Teitto says that this meteor seems to have been exceptionally bright when passing over Sweden. Expressen says that the light phenomenon scared some residents of the Stockholm region, some of whom described it as resembling lightning.

Swedish broadcaster SVT reports many sightings in Kalmar, south-eastern Sweden, and on the island of Öland.


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