17 May 2009

May 2009

Update: Search for meteor in Arizona

Sedona - Authorities in Arizona said there has been no sign that a
large meteor reported in the skies near Sedona made impact with the

A spokesman for the Pinewood Fire Department in Munds Hill,
near Sedona, said a crew drove up and down Interstate 17 but could find
no evidence of the fireball that witnesses said lit up the sky Saturday
night, the Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff, Ariz., reported Monday.

Karen Malis-Clark, public information officer for the Coconino National Forest, told the Arizona Republic that officials believe the meteor was destroyed before it landed.

"For some people in Arizona it might've looked like it landed but it didn't," she said.

Newly Discovered Nearby Asteroid Found Orbiting Sun Backwards


discovery of a 2- to 3-kilometre-wide asteroid in an orbit that goes
backwards has set astronomers scratching their heads. It comes closer
to Earth than any other object in a 'retrograde' orbit, and astronomers
think they should have spotted it before.

The object, called 2009 HC82, was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona on the morning of 29 April.

From observations of its position by five different groups,
Sonia Keys of the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet
Center calculated it orbits the sun every 3.39 years on a path that
ventures within 3.5 million km of the Earth's orbit. Combined with its size, that makes 2009 HC82 a potentially hazardous asteroid.

What's really unusual is that the calculated orbit is inclined 155° to
the plane of the Earth's orbit. That means that as it orbits the Sun,
it actually travels backwards compared to the planets. It is only the
20th asteroid known in a retrograde orbit, a very rare group. None of
the others comes as close to the Earth.

More observations needed

Comets, which originate on the outer fringes of the solar system, are
much more likely to have retrograde orbits than asteroids. In part,
this is because passing stars or planets can kick them out of their
original orbits and onto unusual paths, bringing them into the inner
solar system, where we tend to see them.

Some retrograde asteroids may in fact be burnt-out comets,
says Brian Marsden of the Minor Planet Center. The size and shape of
the new asteroid's orbit "is very like Encke's comet except for
inclination," he told New Scientist, although it shows no sign of a cometary tail.

The calculated orbit is the best fit to the available observations, but
small observational errors could make a big difference in that
calculation. "I'd feel happier about it if we get some more
observations," says Marsden.

The asteroid is now far beyond Mars, but its orbit
periodically brings it fairly close to Earth. "It should have been
easily observable in 2000," says Marsden. "Why wasn't it seen then?" He
hopes new observations will answer that question.

South Korea: UFO crash last month reported by media

In April, around two weeks ago, a number of farmers working in fields
noticed what they thought was a helicopter crashing to earth in the
Gyeongsang Province of South Korea. The witnesses noticed flames and
smoke coming from the ground after the impact.

A team of rescue helicopters along with the police and
emergency services soon began a thorough search of the area which
lasted for over three hours but failed to locate any crashed vehicle.
Around 130 personnel were involved in the search.

As no wreckage was located the point of impact local
authorities speculated that the object might have been a small
meteorite or a UFO.

South Korean UFO researchers are noting the anomaly
whereby the witnesses believed they saw a technological vehicle
descending to earth and yet nothing was found in the locale. Many are
speculating that this might have been an alien craft buzzing the area
whose energy field interacted with the ground nearby with explosive

We thank Matthew Seng for this story and his comments.

Source: Morning News (South Korea)

The Asteroids Are Coming

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Scientists have demonstrated that several large NEO impacts in the past have altered both life and the environment.

isn't just "buzz" to get you excited about a new movie coming; we
really are being buzzed by asteroids and other NEOs (Near Earth
Objects), and one day these conjunctions could become collisions! There
are lots of NEOs out there orbiting the sun.

Some, like comets, are less worrisome since they are composed
primarily of ice and small, rocky particles that dissipate upon
entering Earth's atmosphere. Others, however, like asteroids are
thought of as minor planets that are large enough to damage Earth and
its environment if an encounter should take place.

Astronomers estimate that there are approximately
1100 near Earth asteroids bigger than one kilometer in diameter and
more than one million that are larger than 40 meters in diameter. Those
smaller than 40 meters tend to burn up in the atmosphere, but the
impact of a 40-meter diameter asteroid is equivalent to a three-megaton
bomb! One megaton is the equivalent explosive power of one million tons
of TNT.

For comparison, the Little Boy atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, exploded with an energy of about 15 kilotons of TNT.

Larger NEOs of about 2 kilometers in size could impart energies
in the category of about a million megatons! Such an impact could
result in an "impact winter" with global loss of crops and subsequent
starvation and disease.

Large impacts could cause mass extinctions of species.
And....scientists know that most of the larger asteroids are as yet
undetected! How do we detect, and better yet, deflect such large

Eventually, one of these will be spotted. And when that
happens, who do we call? Right now there is no one to call, because the
world has no defense against pending large asteroid encounters! If this
is troubling, here is the bad news.

On March 2 of this year, asteroid 2009 DD45 zipped just 41,000 miles above Earth at a speed of 12 miles per second at its closest point to Earth.
Amateur astronomers aided professionals at the International
Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center by providing measurements used
in refining calculations of the asteroid's orbit.

But, astronomers did not even detect the asteroid until just a
couple of days before it zoomed by Earth; far too late to take any
preventative action. This was not an isolated incident as many NEOs
come this close to Earth and zip by undetected!

Scientists have demonstrated that several large NEO impacts in
the past have altered both life and the environment. While the
probability of a life-ending impact is low, scientists know that
potentially critical collisions are inevitable. Why are we not doing
something to mitigate or hopefully prevent such a catastrophic event?

The answer to this question is complicated. As humans, we
focus on potential dangers only when they are imminent, or after the

We react when the danger becomes real and the situation
becomes urgent. However, deflecting large asteroids is not easy, simple
or inexpensive. We do not yet know how to do it, but we do know it will
require early detection and long-term investments on a global scale.

We want to start thinking about ways to protect Earth from NEOs and we need your ideas. Please send them to Launchspace and we will publish the better ideas in future articles.

U2 comet dust predates solar system

An innovative plan to retrieve comet particles from earth's
stratosphere has hit pay dirt, with the discovery that some predate the
formation of the solar system.

"It was the largest number ever found," says Dr Henner
Busemann of the University of Manchester's School of Earth, Atmospheric
and Environmental Sciences.

The samples were collected by a high-altitude NASA
research jet flying in April 2003 as the Earth travelled through the
dusty wake of Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup.

"This was the equivalent of sampling a meteor shower. Nobody
had previously collected samples of a comet in that way," says
Professor Donald Brownlee of the University of Washington, who heads a
science team analysing particles returned by the Stardust spacecraft,
which flew by Comet Wild-2 in January 2004.

Scientists believe our solar system was formed out of the
exploded remains of an older star. Isotopic analysis of interplanetary
dust particles, culled from meteorites and other sources, show some
grains are older than the 4.5-billion-year-old solar system.

Scientists don't know how long interstellar dust grains can
survive in space. They are made in stars and destroyed by shock waves,
says Brownlee.

Richest haul

Thousands of grains have been analysed, but so far the richest
haul of pre-solar particles appears to be from the sample collected on
plastic plates covered in sticky silicon oil flown outside the NASA U2

The Stardust team has been looking for similar particles among its samples, but so far has come up empty-handed.

"All this is quite perplexing, actually," says Brownlee.

It's possible that the comets were made at different times and
formed from a different variety of materials, says Brownlee, or that
pre-solar grains from Wild-2 were destroyed as they were captured by
the probe.

"It's a mystery," he says, "but that's what makes science run."

Busemann presented his findings the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science conference at the University of Hertfordshire.

US: Carlsbad, California - Residents report loud boom

Officials say there is no known cause

Something went boom in the night Tuesday, but no one seems to know what it was.

The boom seemed especially powerful along the coast, where residents
reported windows, doors and houses shaking at about 10 minutes before 8

There was speculation that the sound and accompanying
sensation came from a supersonic jet, officials with the Federal
Aviation Administration and the U.S.Geological Survey said Wednesday.

Navy officials said they knew of no aircraft activity Tuesday
night that might have caused the boom. Marine officials said they would
research whether their aircraft might have been responsible.

"The only kind of aircraft that can fly at supersonic
speeds are military aircraft," said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.
"Typically, when military aircraft are going that fast, they're flying
in military airspace off the coast, not in civilian airspace ---- so
we're not talking to them."

On Wednesday morning, Carlsbad police and fire officials said they had no information about the boom.

A deputy with the Sheriff's Department's rail enforcement team
said his unit had not been notified of any railway incidents that might
have caused the sound.

The FAA didn't record any events that would be related to the boom, Gregor said.

But he noted similar booms were reported earlier this year.

There is speculation that booms felt March 3 in Orange County
and March 4 along the Central California coast were sonic booms from
military jets, Gregor said.

Comment: Yes, speculation, only. You can read about the two sonic booms felt, and heard, 12 hours apart in California here.

Because Tuesday's boom was reminiscent of the sound and feel of
an earthquake, people have been calling the U.S. Geological Survey,
which monitors seismic activity. There was nothing to suggest an
earthquake occurred.

Robert Dollar, a USGS seismologist, said he's not surprised to
hear that many of the people who reported the San Diego County boom
lived in coastal communities.

"Oftentimes, what happens is there's an aircraft that's flying
out over the Pacific some place, and the boom bounces off of the water
or the upper atmosphere and comes down on the coast," Dollar said.
"Assuming it is a boom."

US: Loud bang reported over Wise and Tarrant counties, Texas

A large noise, possibly a sonic boom, was heard across Wise and Tarrant
counties early Thursday afternoon, but no explosions were reported,
according to officials.

Residents in both counties called their sheriff's offices between 1 and 2 p.m. to report the noise.

Officials checked for explosions, particularly around natural gas production sites, but they didn't find anything.

"Nothing is blowing up, nothing is on fire and there's no
wreckage," said Terry Grisham, spokesman for the Tarrant County
Sheriff's Office.

A Wise County sheriff's dispatcher said her office
received numerous reports of a loud bang, but nothing was found on the

Grisham said Tarrant County officials called Naval Air Station
Fort Worth, and were told that military officials were checking into

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Dawson, base spokesman, said citizens and reporters have called to ask about the noise.

"At this moment we actually have people on base investigating,"
Dawson said. "We're trying to see where our planes were at and what's
going on.

"When you have, like, six people call, including news stations, we'll get on it."

No other information was available at 3 p.m.

When Comets Attack: Solving the Mystery of the Biggest Natural Explosion in Modern History

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the morning of June 30, 1908, the sky exploded over a remote region of
central Siberia. A fireball as powerful as hundreds of Hiroshima atomic
blasts scorched through the upper atmosphere "as if there was a second
sun," according to one eyewitness. Scientists today think a small
fragment of a comet or asteroid caused the "Tunguska event," so named
for the Tunguska river nearby. No one knows for certain, however,
because no fragment of the meteoroid has ever been found. The explosion
was so vast - flattening and incinerating over an 800 square-mile swath
of trees - that generations of amateur sleuths have put forward
scenarios as strange as stray black holes or UFO attacks to explain the
tremendous explosion.

Now, a controversial scientific study suggests that a chunk of a comet caused the 5 to 10 megaton fireball - what amounts to the largest non-nuclear explosion in modern history.
Crucially, according to the new hypothesis, most of the comet bounced
off the atmosphere and back into orbit around the sun. The scientists
have even identified a candidate Tunguska object - now more than 100
million miles away - that was somewhere near Earth on June 30, 1908 and
will be passing close to Earth again in 2045. But just how could a
comet - basically a ball of water ice and cosmic dust - create such a
massive explosion and leave no trace? The answer, the scientists
believe, can be found in basic chemistry rather than complicated
physics or evidence yet to be found.

One of the most peculiar leftovers from the Tunguska
event is the pattern of scorched earth it left behind. No mere circular
blast, Tunguska's trail of charred trees fan out like a butterfly, with
outer "wings" that spread both in a north-northeast direction and a
south-southeast direction. When presented with this unusual pattern,
top scientists, including Giuseppe Longo of the University of Bologna
in Italy and Yuri Medvedev of the Russian Institute of Applied
Astronomy, have circled around two main theories - that either two
separate objects exploded in the skies over the region or one object
skipped over the atmosphere, circled the earth and then re-entered over
the Tunguska region on its second pass. Edward Drobyshevski, a research
physicist at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, thinks
instead that the
comet fragment packed its own explosives - in the form of hydrogen, the
gas that turned the Hindenburg airship into a blazing inferno in seconds

To come to his hydrogen theory, Drobyshevski focused on basic
chemistry, namely electrolysis - the chemical splitting of water into
its hydrogen and oxygen components using electricity. The hydrogen that
caused the 1908 explosion, Drobyshevski says, most likely comes from
the comet's earlier incarnation - as a tiny part of an ice sheet on a
moon of Jupiter or Saturn. Over time, the strong magnetic fields from
the host planet split some of the water molecules in the ice sheet into
little hydrogen and oxygen bubbles that remained trapped within it.
Once enough hydrogen had accumulated in the ice sheet, a direct
asteroid hit would have caused the sheet to explode, sending shards of
hydrogen-bubble-filled ice into space. (As far back as 1981,
Drobyshevski published
a paper theorizing that hydrogen-rich ice on Saturn's moon Titan
exploded between 3000 and 10,000 years ago, enriching the structure of
Saturn's rings and perhaps also sending some volatile icy shards into
the solar system.)

These ice shards then wander the solar system, Drobyshevski
says, and occasionally cross paths with a planet like Earth, as one may
have done in 1908. Add a spark to one of these shards from, say, the
friction of entering an atmosphere and you have one giant, naturally
developed, explosive ice-bomb.

When the Tunguska meteoroid skimmed the Earth's atmosphere,
according to Drobyshevski's calculations, 10 percent of its ice
exploded. This then kicked the parent meteoroid back into space. Such a
jagged trajectory would explain the unusual butterfly pattern of felled
trees, he says. Hunting through databases of more than 6000 near-Earth
objects, Drobyshevski and collaborators found one, called 2005NB56,
that passed outside of the moon's orbit around June 27, 1908. The
timing and the direction that 2005NB56 would have been coming from is a
close fit with eyewitness accounts of the Tunguska event, according to
Drobyshevsky. (The object's closest calculated distance from the Earth,
6.2 million miles, carry large error margins, he says.)

Comet 2005NB56 is also going to be passing within 3.8 million
miles of the Earth in 2045, about 16 times the distance from the Earth
to the moon. This time around, it may not pose an imminent threat to
the planet, Drobyshevsky says, but studying the object as it approaches
could yield important insights about near-Earth objects - and what
unforeseen dangers may be stored in their ice.

A colleague from the Russian Academy of Science, Yuri Medvedev
of the Institute of Applied Astronomy in St. Petersburg, is impressed
but not convinced by Drobyshevski's argument that 2005NB56 caused the
Tunguska explosion. Medvedev says that Drobyshevski's theory of comets'
explosive origins - and a possible explosive encounter with Earth in
1908 - are far from proven, but deserve more attention from

"Drobyshevski's theory explains some unusual observations,"
Medvedev told PM via email. For instance, he says, when NASA's Deep
Impact spacecraft dropped a probe onto the surface of the comet Tempel
1 in 2005, a small part of the comet exploded with unexpected fury -
consistent with the hypothesis that some comets carry their own
hydrogen pyrotechnics.

The research conducted by Drobyshevskia and his team has been submitted for publication to the journal Icarus.

US: Oklahoma - Fireball may have been a meteorite

Local law enforcement officials haven't closed the books on identifying
the cause of a fireball in the skies of Cherokee County May 5, but
they're no longer actively searching for its origin.

Tahlequah-Cherokee County Emergency Management Director Gary
Dotson said Thursday that search efforts have been called off.
Emergency services personnel searched Tuesday and Wednesday, without

Dotson had said a Woodall firefighter reported seeing the fireball as it plummeted to the ground.

Eric Wichman, a private researcher for Meteorites USA, a
California organization, said the idea that the fireball may have been
a plane or helicopter hasn't been completely ruled out. He said,
however, that eyewitnesses he spoke to have said it didn't sound like
an aircraft.

"It's possible it could have been a meteor fireball," Wichman
said. "The witnesses said it was high in the sky and below the cloud
cover. They said it was moving southwest to northeast."

Wichman talked to Dotson and representatives with
other law enforcement agencies, as well as some private citizens. He
said his organization is looking for other witnesses who may have seen
the fireball.

"If it was a plane, we'd like to know so we can find it," he said. "We need to know if anyone heard a sonic boom right at the time it they saw it. Another question is whether debris was seen falling to the ground."

He said sounds that a witness heard when the fireball was spotted will help determine whether it was a meteor.

One witness reported seeing smoke around the fireball, but another saw no smoke.

"Usually, a meteor fireball will break apart when it hits the
ground," Wichman explained. "Nine out of 10 of them are not hot when
they hit the ground."

They are usually heavier than earth rock and are typically magnetic, due to a high iron content.

Wichman said the meteor fireball is harmless if someone approaches it lying on the ground.

"About the only way they can hurt is if they fall on you," he said.

Comment: Oh yes, nothing to worry about with falling meteorites. They only hurt if they fall on you.

We suggest you read any, or even better, all of the articles
listed in the sidebar to the left under "Comets and Catastrophes". This
is not to frighten anyone, but to get a better understanding of just
what the PTB don't want you to know.

Remember, knowledge protects.

England: New mystery in Suffolk's skies

Another strange sight has been spotted in the Suffolk skies.

Bob Cousins, from Kesgrave, contacted the paper to report his sighting
of what he believes were two meteors at 10.40pm Saturday night - and he
wants to know if anyone else saw the mystery objects.

He said: "I saw a bright orange/yellow light, brighter than a
plane light approaching from the west, heading due east. It looked odd
so I got my camcorder but the battery was flat.

"By then it was nearly overhead, slightly south of us, moving
maybe twice as fast as a normal jet. Then I was shocked to see another
even bigger light following behind it.

"I watched as they traveled without any sound in a
dead straight line towards the coast. They got fainter until the lights
stopped glowing, before they reached the horizon.

"Other people must have seen it, pity I could not get pictures."

Scotland: Barrhead - Massive Bright Light with Shield Above It

Posted: May 7, 2009

Date of Sighting: 12th April 2009

Time Approx: 22.50

Witness: Marion and John

Witness Statement: We just spotted a ufo.
We live in Barrhead. It was about 22:50 pm and I thought it was a ball
of fire in the sky and told my daughter to look out and see it too.
Then I called my husband upstairs to see it too and my son. It was
bobbing about the sky then it went away up high to the stars. So after
a bit of shock, we went about our business, then my husband shouted
look the massive bright light was above the hill in my street and it
looked like a red shield was above it. Then it went across the sky and
faded up as before, there was no noise and nothing like we had ever
seen before, the sky was so clear and it just seemed to go back into
the stars its movement was like no airplane or helicopter? So strange?

We have pictures but not clear my husband went out to
the garden, it was bright red/orange in the sky and seemed big like a
street light appears in brightness.

UK UFO Update:

Here is one of the photos sent in by Marion with a cropped enlargement:

Scotland ufo

Australia: Palmo UFO is spotted in Queensland

men on Queensland's Gold and Sunshine coasts have reported seeing a
mysterious white light shooting through the night sky about the same
time a Territory woman claimed to have photographed UFOs near her
Palmerston home.

The Territory mother-of-three, who wished only to be known by her first
name Kym, photographed two "discs of light" in the sky as she watched
the dark rain clouds roll towards her Palmerston home last month.

Kym said the image was taken on her mobile phone and that she
didn't notice the strange lights in the clouds until she downloaded the
pictures on to her computer.

The Gold Coast Bulletin has revealed
that Nerang resident Michael Baker was standing outside the Worongary
shopping centre looking at the sunset on the same day when he saw the
strange light traveling from the west about 5.50pm.

"We were just taking in the sunset, looking at the clouds and suddenly we saw a big white streak," he said.

"As it came down towards the ground, it turned blue and then green and it broke up with a bit of a sizzle and a spark."

About the same time, Ian Mayes was taking his 10-year-old
daughter Chloe for a walk at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast when
he saw an unusual light.

"We just saw this bright white light, like a star, burning for a few seconds and then it fizzled out," he said.

But Springbrook Research Observatory astronomer Andre Clayden said the Queensland sightings were probably a meteor shower.

Kym said she had never had any previous UFO encounters.

"I've never really thought about them or had a view on them," she said.

"But my motto is never say never - anything's possible."

Scotland: 'Green meteor' in Edinburgh sky

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Meteors are easier to spot at night

have reported a meteor over Edinburgh, after a "very fast" bright green
light was seen traveling across the sky towards East Lothian.

Witnesses said it happened just after 2230 BST on Monday and was as fast as a low-flying jet.

The fireball lasted about five seconds before burning out.

Rob Ritchie, of North Berwick, said he saw it while traveling along the
A1 moving towards the Lammermuir Hills in a south easterly direction.

Another eyewitness, Chris Montroy, from Edinburgh,
said that looking from his window, which faces Arthur's Seat, he could
see an orange streak which turned into a bright green light.

Coloured tail

Joe Prentice, of Swinton Quarter Farm, south of Duns, told the
BBC Scotland news website: "I saw the meteor on Monday night, it
appeared to the south, traveling from east to west, dropping at an
angle of 20 to 25 degrees, and I thought it must have been falling
quite close by.

"Obviously I was wrong as I live in Swinton just south of Duns
and 45 miles south of Edinburgh. It was quite spectacular, not unlike a
firework with a nicely coloured tail."

Thom Fish, from Cramond, said: "I saw this in the sky to my
south east as I approached the Calder junction of the city bypass from
the A71 west.

"To be honest, I did think it was just a firework until I saw the news report. It was a very bright and luminous green."

The only annual meteor shower at this time of year are the Eta
Aquarids, which are associated with Comet Halley, and are usually low
in the sky viewed from the UK.

They reach maximum on the 5 May, but span the period between 24 April and 20 May.

England: Northumberland National Park -

Posted: May 12, 2009

Date of Sighting: 11th May 2009

Time: About 10pm

Witness Statement: Bright clear sky.

Object traveling from the south west towards North east.

Very bright green orb with white tail. I thought it was a firework
but no. Perhaps a satellite. The sighting lasted 6 seconds within a
restricted field of view. The object appeared to drop down low in an
arc. That's it. Very odd

US: Rumble felt in Pawleys Island, South Carolina - earthquake unconfirmed

Reports of an earthquake in Pawleys Island Wednesday are unconfirmed.
Initial reports of an earthquake came in between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

According to a press release, seismometers around the state do
not show an earthquake, however, data coverage in the area is sparse
and a small earthquake out to sea is still possible.

According to Dr. Erin Beutel, Associate Professor, College of
Charleston Dept. of Geology and Environmental Geosciences and Director
of the SCEEP (South Carolina Earthquake Education and Preparedness),
another possible source of earthquake reports, especially rattling
along the coast, is a sonic boom at sea.

While planes are not allowed to cross the sound
barrier over land, they are allowed to do so at sea and weather
conditions may cause that boom to travel long distances.

There have been earthquake reports in years past from John's Island and
Isle of Palms that did not show up on any seismometers and are strongly
suspected to be sonic booms.

Canada: Regina, Saskatchewan - A Bright Blue/Green Fireball

Posted: May 13, 2009

Date: April 30, 2009

Time: 9:14 p.m.

Number of witnesses: 2

Number of Objects: 1

Shape of Objects: Fireball.

Full Description of Event/Sighting: We
were driving west on the Ring Road past the Albert Street bridge when
we saw a bright blue/green fireball fly across the highway and burn out
near the driving range.

England: Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham - Bright Orange Fiery Orb

Posted: May 13, 2009

Date: April 11 2009

Time: 21:30

Number of witnesses: 2

Number of objects: 1

Shape of objects: Orb shaped.

Weather Conditions: Clear sky.

Description: We saw a bright orange orb
shaped object, which looked almost like it was on fire. It came from
the Birmingham direction and disappeared into the direction of Walsall.
It was moving faster than a airplane and was a lot larger. It appeared
from the Birmingham direction and seemed to get lower in the sky and
more intense in brightness then regained height and as it went further
away from us it got a lot higher and faded out somewhere in the Walsall

We also saw the same sort of object and occurrence about 2 weeks ago.

England: Braintree, Essex - Orange Object that Appeared to be on Fire

Posted: May 13, 2009

Date: April 12 2009

Time: 8.45pm approx

Number of witnesses: 6

Number of objects: 1

Shape of objects: Round with tail

Weather Conditions: Dry clear and dark

Description: Around 8.45pm we noticed
what we thought at first was an aircraft on fire. It moved steadily
across the sky from north west to south east, then veered southwards.
The light was orange and 'raggedy' around the edges, like a flame.
There was a 'tail' behind the light too. No noise was heard at all, and
no wings of aircraft were visible in the glow. The light continued off
into the far distance until it disappeared from our sight. The sighting
lasted for approximately 4 minutes. The item was not moving at speed
but was steady, until the change of course when it did speed up a

Anyone else see this at all? Any comments?

UFOINFO Note: As with other similar reports I asked the witness to have a look at the UFO Balloons website to see if this is what might have been seen and received the following reply:

Hi John, I had a look at this prior to messaging and it definitely wasn't one of these ufo balloons.

Kind Regards

England: Spectacular fireball seen in sky in Whitby

A spectacular fireball was spotted streaking across the Whitby sky on Monday night.

A local resident saw the object just before 11pm as it moved across the sky before disappearing above the sea.

Alison Heffernan of Holly Tree Court, spotted something in the sky when she was watching television.

She said: "Me and my partner have been decorating so we didn't have any
curtains up. We were watching TV and saw something bright going across
the sky. It was about the size of a 10p piece and was very bright, it
seemed to break up then disappear over the sea."

Mark Dawson of Whitby and District Astronomical
Society said it sounded like a "fireball" which are a relatively common

"From what she has described it sounds like a fireball which appear very bright in the sky," he said.

"They occur slightly randomly so you can't predict when they appear."

Meteor Strike May Have Caused Peat Bog Fire Near Carlisle

A huge fire which tore through a Cumbria peat bog near Carlisle may
have been caused by a meteor strike, according to some locals.

Firefighters spent several hours on Monday morning
battling the blaze at Wedholme Flow, near Kirkbride, which at its
height stretched for half a mile, leaving a wall of fire visible from
miles around.

It has now emerged that some residents living near the bog reported seeing a white-hot meteor streaking through the night sky.

The theory is that it may have triggered fire shortly after striking the ground on Sunday night.

The nature reserve is managed by Natural England. Alasdair
Brock, who is senior manager at the site, helped the team of 17
firefighters who tackled the blaze.

He said: "My wife Claire is a GP in Penrith, and a colleague
of hers who was passing nearby saw the meteorite or something flashing
through the sky in the general vicinity of the Solway mosses.

"I believe this man is a reliable witness, so it's entirely feasible this happened."

Natural England spokesman Will Herman said: "The meteor theory
is a possible cause of the fire but there's no way now of verifying
this as any meteorite is likely to have been small and would have
buried itself in the peat, leaving little evidence.

"Our senior manager went out the next day to check that
everything was out and to have a look around. Unfortunately he saw no
evidence of the meteorite."

The meteor theory is thought to carry weight as the weather at
the time of the fire was not particularly hot, and the area is not
known for attracting vandals who might want to start fires,
particularly late at night.

One eyewitness who may have seen the meteor was Paula Hinds,
who was sitting at home in Langholm when her attention was drawn to a
skylight. "It all happened in a split second," said Paula, 29. "I saw a
light, like a firework but a lot bigger. It shot across the sky. It was
about 10pm and it was heading towards Carlisle.

"It thought nothing more about it until the following morning
when I heard about the fire and the idea that it may have been caused
by a meteor."

Three fire crews from Carlisle, Wigton and Silloth used beaters to kill the flames as the fire spread.

A Cumbria fire service spokesman said: "The fire and smoke could be seen from several miles away."

David Sparkes, 57, who lives nearby, said the fire was first spotted by his 14-year-old daughter Marie.

"The whole lot went up very quickly," he said.

"Normally, the wind blows towards our house but fortunately that night it wasn't.

"We were out watching the fire until 12.30am."

Wales: Pentrebane, Cardiff - Three Fireballs Traveling Slowly

Posted: May 17, 2009

Date: April 13 2009

Time: 9:30 pm

Number of witnesses: 2

Number of objects: 3

Shape of objects: Round

Weather Conditions: Clear sky

Description: Me and my mate were walking
home and I spotted what looked like 3 fireballs in the sky, they were
traveling quite slow in the sky and they looked like they were coming
towards us, we didn't know what to do. This is the second time we have
seen them in the same area. We have video footage but didn't know how
to put it on here.

England: Tyne-and-Wear - Bright White Object with Luminous Green Trail

Posted: May 17, 2009

Date of Sighting: 11th May 2009

Time: 22.15

Witness Statement: On way home from
Blaydon to Gateshead, myself and my partner saw this heading from south
to north-ish, it was Bright white with a luminous green trail. At
approx 10:15pm, we were on the A1 western bypass on the south bound
Carridge Way just past the metro center near to the Dunston Slip Road
when we saw it.

My partner said "Ohh look a shooting star" and when i looked i
said" thats way to close and big to be a shooting star", i recon it be
about the size of a small car at a hight no higher than the police
helicopter when out on a job, and it was moving extreamly fast, way
faster than any plane i know of that flys over the city.

At first reaction I thought it was falling to the
ground by the angle I saw it at. But after getting home and checking on
a map the direction we were traveling and location, I realised it was
traveling level.

I did report this to the police, whom must have thought I was
completely mad or on some sort of narcotic substance. I was totally
shook up by this at the thought of it being a aeroplane crashing into
the city. Good job it wasn't.

Anyways I emailed Alan Robson on metro radio who read the
email out and seemed to get quite a number of responses from it. One
listener said it was some sort of silent rocket, as it made no sound.
Also on Facebook some one in Alnwick wrote they heard what sounded to
be a aeroplane about to crash, but they didn't see anything, this was
within a few mins of myself seeing it.

Approx 11:15pm the police came for a statement and said they had not had any more reports as of then.

England: London - Fast-Moving Object, Looked on Fire

Date of Sighting: 20th May 2009

Time: 12.15 am

Witness Statement: Flying North East just freaked out me and 2 pals. Big almost looked on fire, high up in the sky and fast moving. Unbelievable!

Scotland: Bridgeton, Glasgow - Bright Orange Light with Flames Coming from It

Date: April 25 2009

Time: About 9:37pm

Number of witnesses: 7

Number of objects: 1

Shape of objects: Looked Circular

Weather Conditions: Dry, Not Too Cloudy

Description: Just came out my car from
work when I noticed a bright light in the sky. As it came closer it was
bright orange and looked as though there were small flames coming from
it. As it moved past me and a little bit further it seemed to burst
into flames, small pieces fell from it and it then disappeared.

Russian scientist: Tunguska atmospheric explosion was Alien sacrifice that saved earth

A Russian scientist is claiming that aliens downed Tunguska meteorite in 1908, causing a massive explosion in Siberia to protect the earth from destruction.

Dr. Yuriy Lavbin, president of the Tunguska Spatial Phenomenon
Foundation, insists that if an alien spacecraft had failed to place
itself between our planet and the gigantic meteorite a century ago, the
full force of collision above Siberia would have been disastrous.

He provided 10 recovered quartz crystals collected from the crash site
as proof. Several of the crystals have holes in between, so they can be
united in a chain.

"We don't have any technologies that can print such kind of drawings on
crystals," Labvin told the Macedonian International News Agency.

"We also found ferrum silicate that can not be produced anywhere, except in space," added the scientist.

Labvin thinks the marked quartz slabs are remnants of an alien control
panel, which fell to the ground after the UFO slammed into the giant

The findings add a new original theory to what most scientists have
explained over the years as a meteorite exploding several miles above
the surface of the earth.

During the Tunguska event, a massive explosion estimated at 15 megatons
spread over 2,150 square kilometers (830 square miles) downing nearly
80 million trees. The impact left no casualties in the sparsely
populated area.

Some scientists believed the Tunguska event is the largest impact event on land in the Earth's recent history.

England: Salford, Greater Manchester - Woman in Maternity Ward Sees Something Like a Flare

Posted: May 28, 2009

Date of Sighting: 13th April 2009

Time: 3:20am

Witness Statement: I had just given birth
to my baby at Salford Royal (Hope Hosp.) I was on the maternity unit,
and woke to feed my baby. I looked out of the window which looks over
the M602 towards Trafford Park Industrial Estate. I spotted what looked
like a flair from a flair gun traveling from the direction of Eccles
towards Manchester city centre. It traveled at a continuous speed in a
straight line. The moon was full and the sky was clear. I estimated the
object to be traveling at the same height and speed as a small
aircraft. The object appeared to be a orange glowing circular shape and
made no obvious sound.

Wales: Llantwit Fadre, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan - Ball of Flame (Light)

Posted: May 13, 2009

Date: May 2, 2009

Time: 10:30 p.m.

Number of witnesses: 1

Number of Objects: 1

Shape of Objects: Round flame.

Full Description of Event/Sighting: I
came out of the house to go to the shop, I looked up, which I often do
because we live very close to Cardiff Airport and are used to seeing
planes and associate noises, but this was different. The object was
moving slowly through the sky at a few hundred feet. It appeared to be
a ball of flame (light) (I cursed because I had seen something very
similar 5 months before with 4 witnesses and didn't have a camera)
remembering that I had my mobile with me, I filmed it for about 90
seconds in which time it moved across the sky with no noise towards
Cardiff got maybe 2 miles away and disappeared at a very steep rate
towards the stars.

The objects that I had seen before did exactly the
same thing only there were two before about 5 minutes apart. I have the
recording on my phone, still I don't know what it was or how it reached
the speed it did so quickly. Does anyone have any clues ?

US: Gravelly, Arkansas - Three See 2 Fireballs Move N & Light Up Entire Sky

Date of Sighting: May 14, 2009

Time of Sighting: 10:45 PM CDT

Location of Sighting: Gravelly, Arkansas (W. Arkansas About 60 MI WNW of Little Rock)

Description: I was riding my 4 wheeler on
a perfectly clear night. I was rounding a curve and something caught my
eye. I turned my attention to the sky. It was almost like two fireballs
side by side traveling north. The fireballs completely lit up the sky.
They seemed to be stretched out traveling fast, and in an instant they
were gone. I have two friends who were looking at the same thing and
wondering what we had just seen.

Note: The report
sounds like that meteors or space junk were sighted. It is less likely
that two meteors would be sighted together (unless they broke up from
one meteor). Space junk entering the atmosphere is another possible
explanation. Two satellites had decaying orbits on May 14, 2009.
However, it is not known if the satellites entered the atmosphere on
May 14 and if they did whether or not the entry would be visible from

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