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  • Meteor size of minivan caused booming fireball over Washington [state]

    03/09/2018 9:12:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | Mar 9, 2018 | Brittany A. Roston -
    On Wednesday night, many Washington residents were greeted by a loud and unexpected sight: a big fireball that lit up the sky. Witnesses reported hearing a loud, booming sound; others reported shaking as the fireball whizzed through the sky. Officials were both surprised and confused by the sudden appearance, later reaching out to the FAA and other agencies in an effort to figure out what caused it. ... Witnesses say the fireball was spotted as far north as the Vancouver region and as far south as Portland. According to Johnson Space Center’s Dr. Marc Fries, this was one of the...
  • Hunters Recover Meteorites From Michigan Fireball

    01/20/2018 7:33:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    skyandtelescope ^ | January 19, 2018 | Bob King |
    While fireballs are relatively common, ones that drop meteorites are rare, and it's rarer still for someone to find those black treasures. But by using Doppler weather radar data and seismic traces (more on that in a moment), meteorite hunters were able to pinpoint the strewn field, the name for the ground footprint where the space rocks might have fallen. Lately of the asteroid belt, these interplanetary fragments now call the Township of Hamburg, Michigan, home. The strewn field extends about 5 miles, oriented east-southeast to west-northwest, from about Highway 23 up to Bass Lake, some 20 miles northwest of...
  • Earthquake-causing meteor leaves southeast Michigan residents awestruck

    01/17/2018 6:05:39 AM PST · by shove_it · 55 replies
    ABCnews ^ | 17 Jan 2018 | Karma Allen
    Residents of southeast Michigan were left a bit shaken Tuesday night after a big bright flash lit up the sky and the ground beneath them shook. A flying saucer? No. A shooting star? Not quite. The National Weather Service eventually solved the mystery, tweeting "USGS confirms meteor occurred around 810 pm, causing a magnitude 2.0 earthquake."
  • Flash of Light and Shockwave in Detroit are

    01/16/2018 5:36:21 PM PST · by freedomson · 111 replies
    At about 8:20 pm Tuesday January 16, 2018 Did any of you Detroit freepers see that flash of light followed about two minutes later with a window rattling shockwave?
  • Meteor missile deal set to win back India's aerial supremacy against rivals

    12/18/2017 8:00:34 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 December 2017 | Ajit K Dubey
    The Meteor missile, which is coming along with the Rafale combat deal signed by the Narendra Modi government, will help reestablish the aerial supremacy of the Indian Air Force against their rivals in Pakistan and China. India has bought a package of the European Meteor missiles along with the Rafales and may prove to be game changers due to their beyond-visual-range striking capability of close to 150 km, security forces sources have told Mail Today. The sources said that until the Kargil war and a few years after that, the Indian Air Force had complete superiority over the Pakistan Air...
  • Asteroid that could’ve obliterated NYC skimmed past Earth – and NASA didn’t notice

    12/08/2017 9:25:30 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | 12/08/2017 | By Rachel O'Donoghue
    A MASSIVE asteroid that could have destroyed New York City skimmed past Earth – and NASA had no clue. The large space rock – dubbed 2017 VL2 – passed the planet on November 9 at an astonishing distance of just 73,000 miles, which is considered tiny in space terms. Space boffins think that if the rock measuring between 16 and 32 metres had hit, it could’ve wiped a major city such as New York off the map. The rock belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and was first seen at ATLAS-MLO observatory in Hawaii a day later. It was...
  • Massive ‘anomaly’ lurks beneath ice in Antarctica

    12/29/2016 2:12:09 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 64 replies ^ | 12/29/2016 | Jasper hamill
    Scientists believe a massive object that could change our understanding of history is hidden beneath the Antarctic ice. The huge and mysterious “anomaly” is thought to be lurking beneath the frozen wastes of an area called Wilkes Land. The area is 151 miles across and has a minimum depth of about 2,700 feet. Some researchers believe it is the remains of a truly massive asteroid more than twice the size of the Chicxulub space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs. If this explanation is true, it could mean this killer asteroid caused the Permian-Triassic extinction event, which killed 96 percent...
  • Orionid meteor shower peak tonight! (Oct 20/21 after midnight/before dawn)

    10/18/2017 4:00:07 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies ^ | October 20, 2017 | Bruce McClure
    This weekend presents the Orionid meteor shower at its best, and tonight – the night of October 20-21, 2017 – may well be the shower’s peak night. Late Saturday night and Sunday morning may be good times to watch as well. On both of these nights, meteors should become visible starting at late evening. They’ll probably be most prolific in the few hours before dawn on October 21, but try watching before dawn on October 22, too. From a dark site, you might see a maximum of about 10 to 15 meteors per hour. Fortunately, today is only one day...
  • Meteor/Fireball crashes into White Mountains starting huge wildfire! (NH)

    10/04/2017 3:02:11 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 47 replies ^ | Oct 4, 2017 | MrMBB333 video blogger on Youtube
    Video. Text currently posted under video: "October 4, 2017: "FIRE IN THE SKY NEWS" / A meteor is being blamed as the possible cause of a out of control wildfire currently burning high in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. A local resident reported seeing something fall from the sky that night when the wildfire broke out. "
  • British F-35B to Carry Meteor Missiles from 2024

    04/21/2017 9:07:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Defense Update ^ | April 21, 2017 | Tamir Eshel
    Meteor to be carried by the F-35 from 2024. Note the clipped tail fins required for internal carriage. Illustration: MBDA The United Kingdom is preparing its F-35 Lightning II to carry and operate the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) as its principal long-range air/air weapon. The UK MOD awarded today a Ł41 million contract to the missile developer MBDA for the integration of the missile on the new aircraft. The Meteor will provide the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy with one of the most advanced air/air missile of its class, that can engage with targets moving at...
  • Any SoCal FReepers see the meteor a few minutes ago?

    04/10/2017 9:30:02 PM PDT · by RegulatorCountry · 42 replies
    Self | April 11, 2017 | Self
    I've seen quite a few comments from people in SoCal and even AZ commenting on a bright flash, green, some also seeing a yellow tail. Any FReeper witnesses?
  • Meteor Lights Up Chicago Sky ... And Dashcams Capture It

    02/06/2017 7:34:38 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 29 replies ^ | 6 Feb 2017 | Kelly Bauer
    Check out this INCREDIBLE video of the meteor this morning as viewed from a Lisle, IL police car dash cam! Thanks to Lisle PD for sharing! Outside the city, people reported seeing the meteor in Wisconsin, Kentucky and even Ontario, Canada, among other spot another person said they saw the meteor and it was "beautiful."
  • With Rafale, A Game-Changer Missile That Puts India Ahead Of China: Exclusive

    09/14/2016 9:55:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    NDTV ^ | September 15, 2016 | Vishnu Som
    NEW DELHI: As India and France get set to sign a Euro 7.87 billion contract for 36 French Rafale fighters, details are emerging on a previously undisclosed part of the deal, which will see India acquiring the Meteor, arguably the world's most advanced air-to-air missile. Sources tracking the final negotiations have confirmed to NDTV that the IAF's Rafales will come equipped with the Meteor designed to knock out enemy aircraft and cruise missiles significantly more than 100 km away. The acquisition of this weapon is likely to be game changer in South Asia. Neither Pakistan nor China, India's traditional military...
  • Is the European Meteor Air-To-Air Missile Really the Best in the World?

    08/03/2016 6:42:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | August 03, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    For years now there has been a ton of hype about MBDA’s Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile, but now that it has reached operational status, blanket claims are being tossed around in the media as to its capabilities: headlines like “the best in the world“ and “the most deadly” are commonplace. But is it really that simple? Is the Meteor the dream missile every western fighter needs under its wings or in its weapons bays or is it a niche capability? Rising Meteor The truth is that the Meteor isn’t that new at all as it has been in development for...
  • The Best Air-to-Air Missile in the World Is Now in Service

    07/12/2016 10:22:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 12, 2016 | ROBERT BECKHUSEN
    A Swedish Gripen armed with Meteor missiles. Stefan Kalm/Saab photo The technical details of air-to-air missiles are extremely complicated, but the concept is simple — destroy your target before the target destroys you. One way to improve the odds is to add an air-breathing ramjet engine to give the weapon a boost. That’s the design philosophy behind the Meteor, a 419-pound rail-launched MiG killer which entered service for the first time with the Swedish air force on July 11. Stockholm’s agile, delta-wing Gripen fighters carry the missiles. “The Swedish air force is now in its Initial Operational Capability phase with the Meteor,”...
  • 13 Percent of People Would Rather Have a Meteor Hit Earth Than Elect Trump or Clinton

    07/01/2016 6:25:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    US News&WorldReport ^ | 7/1/16 | Rachel Dicker
    How much do some people hate the idea of a President Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? Apparently enough that they'd rather die in an apocalyptic event than see it become a reality. According to the latest survey by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling, 13 percent of people would rather have a giant meteor hit Earth than elect Clinton or Trump. .. The exact question: "If the choices for President were Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, and a Giant Meteor hitting the earth which would you choose?" About 43 percent opted for Clinton, 38 percent for Trump, 13 percent for...
  • The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs almost got us, too

    06/29/2016 10:26:05 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    THE WEEK ^ | June 28, 2016 | Joshua A. Krisch
    The age of the dinosaurs ended 66 million years ago, when an asteroid six miles in diameter crashed into what is now southeastern Mexico. The world went up in flames. Dinosaurs, along with the massive reptiles that ruled the sea and the sky, perished as forest fires raged across the globe, dust blotted out the sun, and Earth experienced intense heat, frigid cooling, and then more heat. Conventional wisdom states that mammalian diversity emerged from the ashes of the mass extinction, ultimately giving rise to our own humble species. But according to a study in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology,...
  • Meteor introduction transforms Swedish air defence

    05/19/2016 7:52:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies ^ | 19 MAY, 2016 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Sweden’s air force has begun fielding the new MS20-standard software for its Saab Gripen C/D fleet, representing a significant increase in operational capability. The process of introducing the standard began recently, with MS20 adding MBDA’s Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing’s GBU-39 small diameter bomb to the single-engined fighter’s suite of weapons. Other enhancements include enhanced Link 16 capability for situational awareness, a new data link added to enhance capability during close air support missions, expanded functionality for the pilot’s helmet-mounted sight, an infrared reconnaissance pod and an automatic ground collision avoidance system. Saab Speaking at Saab’s Linköping site on...
  • Brilliant Fireball Seen Over The Northeast Coast

    05/17/2016 6:43:03 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 30 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 5/17/2016 | Mary Beth Griggs
    In the early hours this morning, people that were awake and looking up at the sky in the northeastern United States and far eastern Canada were treated to a magnificent display as a meteorite burned up in the atmosphere, brightening the entire sky for a second as it went.The American Meteor Society, which reported the event and compiled images and videos taken by night owls and people lucky enough to have dash cams or web cams pointing in the right direction at the right time.
  • Vanity: Excuse me ? 30 meter asteroid within .1 lunar distance ?

    02/20/2016 9:05:26 PM PST · by Celerity · 111 replies
    You may need Java on, also this link has been giving a few people issues. The link is here (For copy/pasters) Go to and scroll down to the near-earth objects. 2013 TX68 Mar 5 0.044 LD 30 m