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9th Jan 2017 Russia

Southern Russia, in Astrahan state.


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Sneaky asteroid spotted whizzing between Earth and moon

A space rock large enough to do damage gives us a near miss just two days after being discovered.

Photo by Slooh Observatory

An asteroid roughly the size of a 10-story building gave Earth a particularly close pass Monday morning.

Asteroid 2017 AG13 came within half the distance from Earth to the moon as it buzzed by early Monday morning at 4:47 a.m. PT. The fly-by happened shortly after scientists at the Catalina Sky Survey first discovered the space rock on Saturday.

As you can see in the GIF below, the asteroid looks to just barely miss us as it passes. In the cosmic sense, it really was a close shave. In real terms, Earth had well over a 100,000-mile (161,000 kilometer) buffer of distance.


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Feb. 7, 2017       Lily Dane

green meteor

"Early yesterday morning, a large bright green fireball streaked through the sky over northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, created a sonic boom, and sprinkled space rocks into Lake Michigan.
As of the time of this writing, the American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 467 reports of the fireball sighting. It was seen primarily from Illinois and Wisconsin, but witnesses from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, New York, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Ontario (Canada) also reported the event.
Meteors that light up the sky more than average are called fireballs, Popular Mechanics explains, and this one was particularly brilliant. While the exact magnitude of this meteor is not yet known, the AMS’s Mike Hankey said it “rivaled the brightness of the sun, and we can tell that by the shadows it cast in some of the videos.”
Hankey said the meteor created a sonic boom that shook houses in the region. Sonic booms occur when an object moves faster than sound waves in Earth’s atmosphere. Meteorites create a sonic boom only when they remain intact long enough to travel to relatively low altitudes, where Earth’s atmosphere is sufficiently dense, Hankey explained to Live Science. Most fireball meteors do not create a sonic boom – they burn up or break up into small pieces before they reach those low altitudes.
Estimated to be about the size of a car, the huge space rock flew over Lake Michigan, and pieces of it “most definitely” landed in the lake:

“The cloud of debris was picked up on NOAA’s NEXRAD Doppler Weather Radar, so this is a definitive source that rocks made it all the way down,” says Hankey. “Reports of sonic booms also suggest it survived passage through the upper atmosphere."

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Midwest Meteor Police Dash Cam

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Thunderous meteor rattles West Texas sky with sonic boom

Feb. 28, 2017  Liz Farmer

"A booming meteor rocketed over Texas this weekend, rattling houses with a sonic boom, according to reports. 
Authorities in West Texas and beyond received calls about possible explosions Sunday night. 

It turned out to be a very bright meteor, according to the American Meteor Society. 
About 40 people reported on the nonprofit group's website that they'd seen the fiery meteor in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado about 9 p.m.
Deputy Fire Marshal Nathan Hines said he heard what sounded like thunder in Snyder, about 80 miles west of Abilene, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports. 
"You could see a flash, like if an electrical transformer flashes at night, up to our northwest," Hines said. "But it was cloudy here — kinda rainy — so we didn't actually see any kind of fireball or anything."

Long fireball north north west of hawley, Tx 2-26-17 8:55 pm

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19th April 2017

No, not doomed according to GabeHash.


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Kit Daniels       April 11, 2017

Missile test? Fireball near where numerous, low-flying sub-hunting aircraft circled ocean

"A “bright, pulsing orb” streaking across the sky was spotted off the California coast after US and Canadian anti-submarine aircraft conducted an unusual patrol of the area.

Meteor Blazes Through Night Sky Over California



The green “fireball” occurred on Monday night near an area of ocean where numerous, low-flying sub-hunting aircraft, including a Navy EP-3E Aries II, a Navy P-3C Orion, and a Boeing P-8 Poseidon, spent several hours circling, a patrol which military observers described as odd and unlike routine exercises.

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The exploding streak was bright enough for thousands of Southern California residents to see off the coast, and after local media reported on the orb, the National Weather Service claimed it was possibly a “meteor.”


meteor or military flare?

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Just saw one of these come down directly West of my house.  It was VERY CLOSE and looked like it was less than a kilometre away (but probably was more) so would probably have landed in the ocean just off the Coast.  No Tsunami happening so guess its all OK.

Green fireballs are a type of unidentified flying object which have been sighted in the sky since the late 1940s.[1] Early sightings primarily occurred in the southwestern United States, particularly in New Mexico.[2][3][4] They were once of notable concern to the US government because they were often clustered around sensitive research and military installations, such as Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratory, then Sandia base.[2][3][4]

Meteor expert Dr. Lincoln LaPaz headed much of the investigation into the fireballs on behalf of the military. LaPaz's conclusion was that the objects displayed too many anomalous characteristics to be a type of meteor and instead were artificial, perhaps secret Russian spy devices. The green fireballs were seen by many people of high repute including LaPaz, distinguished Los Alamos scientists, Kirtland AFB intelligence officers and Air Command Defense personnel.[5] A February 1949 Los Alamos conference attended by aforementioned sighters, Project Sign, world-renowned upper atmosphere physicist Dr. Joseph Kaplan, H-bomb scientist Dr. Edward Teller, other scientists and military brass concluded, though far from unanimously, that green fireballs were natural phenomena. To the conference attendees, though the green fire ball source was unknown, their existence was unquestioned.[6] Secret conferences were convened at Los Alamos to study the phenomenon[citation needed] and in Washington by the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.[2][3][4][7]

In December 1949 Project Twinkle, a network of green fireball observation and photographic stations, was established but never fully implemented. It was discontinued two years later, with the official conclusion that the phenomenon was probably natural in origin.[8]

Green fireballs have been given natural, man-made, and extraterrestrial origins and have become associated with both the Cold War and ufology.[2][3][4] Because of the extensive government paper trail on the phenomenon, many ufologists consider the green fireballs to be among the best documented examples of unidentified flying objects (UFOs).




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