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  • Meteor wows Norway after blazing through night sky

    07/25/2021 12:37:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 07/25/2021 | Joshua Nevett
    Footage shows powerful flashes of light over Norway, followed by what witnesses described as loud bangs on Sunday. Norwegian police say they received a flurry of emergency calls but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The Norwegian Meteor Network says Sunday's fireball was visible for at least five seconds after it appeared at about 01:00 local time (23:00 GMT). Travelling at about 16.3km/s (nearly 36,500mph), the meteor could be seen over large parts of southern Scandinavia, the network says. Norwegian astronomer Vegard Rekaa has told the BBC his wife was awake at the time. She could hear "shaking...
  • Meteor Falls From Sky And Crashes Into Indonesian Volcano, Watch Spectacular Video

    05/30/2021 5:53:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Republic World ^ | Riya Baibhawi facebook twitter
    Creating one of the most spectacular and surreal scenes in recent times, a blazing meteorite unexpectedly fell from the sky and crashed into Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano. The historical event occurred on May 27, when it was caught on a CCTV camera at Megadata facility in Kalitengah Kidul, Jogjakarta which is where the mountain is located. Luckily, at the same time, a local Indonesian identified as Gunarto Song was also taking photos of Mount Merapi volcano and caught the meteor in all its glory. Speaking to Indonesian Media outlet Kumparan later, he said that he took the photos from a...
  • Why Halley's Comet May Be Linked to Famine 1,500 Years Ago

    12/20/2013 6:21:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies ^ | December 18, 2013 07:53am ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer |
    A piece of the famous Halley's comet likely slammed into Earth in A.D. 536, blasting so much dust into the atmosphere that the planet cooled considerably, a new study suggests. This dramatic climate shift is linked to drought and famine around the world, which may have made humanity more susceptible to "Justinian's plague" in A.D. 541-542 — the first recorded emergence of the Black Death in Europe. The new results come from an analysis of Greenland ice that was laid down between A.D. 533 and 540. The ice cores record large amounts of atmospheric dust during this seven-year period, not...
  • Did Halley's Comet Convert the Irish to Christianity?

    04/25/2015 3:57:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Smithsonian (video) ^ | circa 2014 | unattributed
  • Ancient Greeks spotted Halley's comet

    09/10/2010 5:37:03 AM PDT · by Palter · 24 replies
    NewsScientist ^ | 09 Sep 2010 | Jo Marchant
    A CELESTIAL event in the 5th century BC could be the earliest documented sighting of Halley's comet - and it marked a turning point in the history of astronomy. According to ancient authors, from Aristotle onwards, a meteorite the size of a "wagonload" crashed into northern Greece sometime between 466 and 468 BC. The impact shocked the local population and the rock became a tourist attraction for 500 years. The accounts describe a comet in the sky when the meteorite fell. This has received little attention, but the timing corresponds to an expected pass of Halley's comet, which is visible...
  • Halley's Comet Portrayed On Ancient Coin

    05/19/2004 2:14:39 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 901+ views ^ | 5-19-2004 | Heather Catchpole
    Halley's comet portrayed on ancient coin Heather Catchpole ABC Science Online Wednesday, 19 May 2004 Could the star shape on the king's crown be Halley's comet? A rare ancient coin may feature an early record of Halley's comet, researchers say. The coin features the head of the Armenian king Tigranes II the Great, who reigned from 95 to 55 BC. A symbol on his crown that features a star with a curved tail may represent the passage of Halley's comet in 87 BC, say the Armenian and Italian researchers. Their research will be published in Astronomy & Geophysics, a journal...
  • Scientists track meteor shower to unusual comet seen every 4,000 years

    05/24/2021 8:11:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | May 24, 2021 | By Meghan Bartels
    It's hard to call a path well-worn when something passes by only once every 3,967 years. But it turns out that type of long-period comet can still be tied to a specific meteor shower, as scientists have done with Comet C/2002 Y1 Juels-Holvorcem and the UY Lyncids shower. Comet C/2002 Y1 Juels-Holvorcem most recently made a close approach of the sun in 2003 — which means its last such visit was around 2,000 B.C., when Egypt's Great Pyramids were just a few hundred years old, and its next pass of the sun won't occur until nearly the year 6,000. Looking...
  • NASA Impact Simulation Shows Dangers Of Bible's Wormwood Prophecy

    05/06/2021 9:29:27 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 34 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 05/05/2021 | Staff
    A week-long exercise held by Nasa this week has concluded that a catastrophic event with an asteroid would be unavoidable, even given six months to prepare.The hypothetical impact scenario, which took place during a planetary defense conference hosted by the United Nations, confirmed that there is no current technology on earth that could stop an Asteroid if we knew in advance it was projected to hit the earth. "If confronted with the scenario in real life, we would not be able to launch any spacecraft on such short notice with current capabilities," the participants said.The only response to such an...
  • Dozens report bright fireball in New Hampshire skies

    04/19/2021 3:12:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    WMUR ^ | 04/18/2021 | Kirk Ensrom
    A surveillance video captured by a Nest security camera in Rochester submitted by a local user shows a short, bright streak of light in the sky. The submitter said the fireball was accompanied by a loud boom, and an emailer from Strafford told News 9 his house shook after the fireball was seen. Just one of the reports submitted to the AMS indicated that the witnesses heard any sound. Fireballs are meteors that are unusually bright, at least as bright as Venus. They can create a sonic boom that is heard a few minutes after the fireball is seen. It's...
  • Reported meteor lights up Western New York sky

    03/22/2021 3:10:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    wgrz ^ | March 21, 2021
    The American Meteor Society called it a fireball, and registered more than 200 sightings on its website... Tim Collins, a Kellogg Observatory astronomer. "Most of these space rocks, as you want to call them, are meteors before they burn up in Earth's atmosphere." "It's very similar to a sighting last month. It doesn't mean there are more, but they're just so happened to be two of them, so it can happen. It's nothing to be alarmed about, it's nothing to be scared of." Collins suspects the meteor entered Earth's atmosphere somewhere in Ontario and traveled south across New York, Pennsylvania,...
  • Huge Fireball Burns over the London Sky, Creates Shock Wave [February 28, 2021]

    03/07/2021 1:20:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 5, 2021 | Skywatch Media News
    Huge Fireball Burns over the London Sky, Creates Shock Wave
  • Meteorites may be just north of Cheltenham [UK]

    03/01/2021 1:55:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 03/01/2921 | Jonathon Amos
    The hunt is on for meteorite fragments that are likely to have fallen to Earth over England on Sunday night. Many people across Northern Europe saw a fireball in the sky shortly before 22:00 GMT, and the streak of light was also caught on special cameras. Scientists think some pieces will have survived the intense heat of atmospheric entry and hit the ground. A computer model that analysed the camera data suggests the probable site of impact is just north of Cheltenham. The fireball produced a sonic boom as it hurtled across the southern England sky. Eyewitness accounts describe the...
  • Mysterious asteroid the size of a dwarf planet is lurking in our solar system

    12/26/2020 11:02:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    livescience ^ | 26 December 2020 | By Rafi Letzter -
    The evidence for this mystery space rock comes from a diamond-studded meteor that exploded over Sudan in 2008. NASA had spotted the 9-ton (8,200 kilograms), 13-foot (4 meters) meteor heading toward the planet well before impact, and researchers showed up in the Sudanese desert to collect an unusually rich haul of remains. Now, a new study of one of those meteorites suggests that the meteor may have broken off of a giant asteroid — one more or less the size of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt. The meteorite harbored an unusual suite of minerals...
  • "Exceptional" Meteor Blast Triggers Shockwave and Seismic Shaking, 'Minimoon' Hurtles Past Earth [Dec 2]

    12/11/2020 2:31:30 PM PST · by ETL · 10 replies
    YouTube (11-min video) ^ | Dec 5, 2020 | Skywatch Media News
    December 5, 2020: A momentous boom rocked parts of Upper New York State on December 2 after an exceptionally large meteor infiltrated the earth's atmosphere. The explosive [daytime] flash produced a brilliant shadow across the city of Toronto, and the far reaching roar from the explosion created seismic like shaking across portions of north central New York.
  • A 'Boom' Is Heard From Canada to Virginia

    12/02/2020 4:42:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    newser ^ | 12/02/2020
    A noontime boom that was heard and felt from southern Ontario to Virginia was likely caused by a disintegrating meteor, according to an organization in western New York that keeps track of such phenomena, the AP reports. Witnesses across the area reported hearing the boom or seeing a fireball in the sky shortly after noon on Wednesday, said Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society in Geneseo. By 5pm, the organization had recorded 90 reports of the fireball seen in Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Police agencies and fire departments around central New York received 911 calls...
  • Huge fireball meteor [10/15/2020] over Alaska triggers volcano warning system 360 miles away.

    11/21/2020 4:46:48 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    The Washington Newsday ^ | November 15, 2020 | Jonathan Edwards on
    Scientists from the USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory worked with researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute to investigate the cause. They found the meteor over Alaska about 40 miles from the Athabaskan community of Kaltag, which is located on the Yukon River. In a blog post for the American Geophysical Union, UAF science journalist Ned Rozell said witnesses had reported the fireball in regions hundreds of miles apart. One resident of Ruby described it as a “huge ball of light in the sky” moving from north to south. Another resident said it looked like “fireworks” that split into...
  • Did you see the fireball streak Birmingham’s sky on November 1, 2020?

    11/02/2020 4:24:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Bham Now ^ | November 2, 2020 | Patience Itson
    Earth’s atmosphere sees several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude each day, so they are quite common. We are just typically unable to see them due to daylight and because a vast majority occur over oceans and uninhabited regions. However, the brighter the fireball, the more rare it is. Do fireballs make a sound? Sounds like sociology’s favorite question of “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a noise?” But the answer is quite interesting. According to the American Meteor Society, fireballs can make a sound—two in fact. Both generated...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Mare Frigoris

    10/08/2020 3:33:03 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 20 replies ^ | 8 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Matt Smith
    Explanation: Lighter than typically dark, smooth, mare the Mare Frigoris lies in the far lunar north. Also known as the Sea of Cold, it stretches across the familiar lunar nearside in this close up of the waxing gibbous Moon's north polar region. Dark-floored, 95 kilometer wide crater Plato is just left of the center. Sunlit peaks of the lunar Alps (Montes Alpes) are highlighted below and right of Plato, between the more southern Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) and Mare Frigoris. The prominent straight feature cutting through the mountains is the lunar Alpine Valley (Vallis Alpes). Joining the Mare Imbrium...
  • October Meteor Showers

    10/05/2020 8:12:17 AM PDT · by Pete from Shawnee Mission · 24 replies
    "Meteor Shower Tonight" ^ | October 1, 2020 | Staff
    "There are 11 meteor showers peaking in October every year. Here the brief description of these awesome space events that will light up the autumn sky of October. Keep your eyes to the sky and enjoy!"
  • Superbolide changes night into day over Brazil (video)

    10/03/2020 5:32:20 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 28 replies
    ss ^ | 10/03/20 | ss
    A superbolide was recorded flying over the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, Brazil on October 1, 2020. Trajectory Preliminary analyses show that the very bright fireball began to shine at about 89.5 km over the rural area to the east of Caxias do Sul and travelled north, at 16.9 km/s (60,900 km/h) at an entrance angle of 44° to the ground The bight meteor disintegrated during 6 seconds, easily overcoming the full moon’s brightness and finally exploded at an altitude of 22 km over the city of Vacaria, also in Rio Grande do Sul state. A...