Watch your head! The sky is falling.
Fireballs smashing into Earth are no longer extremely rare events as they once were. In years past, only a few fireballs were associated with meteorite falls, mainly due to the destructive processes operating against them – that is, fragmentation and heat (due to friction of air resistance) as they enter Earth’s atmosphere.
And so, if fireballs are rare, then “daylight fireballs” must be exceedingly rare, as they would have to be awfully big and bright to be seen against a sunlit sky.
Yet, on the morning of Nov 3 around 9:30 a.m. CT, the American Meteor Society (AMS) received 180 reports of “daytime fireballs” seen over several states– mainly North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.
Meteors, popularly called “shooting stars,” are actually objects ranging from the size of a dust particle to a rock, while fireballs tend to be a lot larger, a lot brighter, and much more dangerous.
Case in point: On Sept 7 in Nicaragua, a fireball, estimated by astronomers to have been “the size of a house,” smashed into the ground just after midnight, near the international airport in Managua. It caused a sonic boom felt throughout capital and created a large crater 39 ft. (12 meters) wide and 19 ft. deep (5 meters). The hit was so powerful it even registered on the seismic instruments.
Does it surprise anyone that NASA is “casting doubts” that a meteor could cause a hole of that size? A meteor “no,” a fireball YES!
And, in November, a fireball touched down in Mexico. AMS received more than 300 reports around 8:45 p.m. local time,. Witnesses from California to Texas to Mexico reported an extremely bright green fireball “that rivaled the brightness of the sun” – estimated to be at least four feet wide, about 4,000 pounds, and burning five times brighter than a full moon. The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department in Texas reported ground shaking caused by the fireball hit around 8:45 p.m., apparently in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the border (see map in slideshow).
If would appear that fireballs are just not all that rare any more. Rather flaming fireballs screaming through the atmosphere with increasing frequency are now part of the ever-growing “new normal.” (International Space Station be warned, beware!)
What could be causing this influx of fiery fireballs?
Certainly can’t blame them on climate change or global warming. Better to put the blame squarely where it belongs – on the debris tail of Planet X (Nibiru), which is increasingly pointing to and nearing hapless Earth.
The proof is in the pudding. A sampling of that pudding (fireballs reports for a three month period – September to November) follows. Have a taste!
- Sept 1 – Brazil: Large, brilliant fireball seen over Campinas in Sao Paulo. VIDEO
- Sept 2 – Colorado: Bright fireball seen around 10:34 p.m. and lasting almost 12 seconds before breaking into pieces and leaving a long orange-yellow gaseous trail.
- Sept 7 – Nicaragua: Fireball “the size of a house” smashed into the ground near the international airport in Managua causing a sonic boom felt throughout capital and creating a large crater 39 ft. (12 meters) across.
- Sept 8 – Spain: Fireball lit up the Barcelona skies with color for few seconds around 6:55 a.m. It passed over eight regions, traveling the length of the entire country, leaving a trail of smoke in its wake.
- Sept 11-12 – US West Coast: Multiple fireball reports Thursday and Friday, with one extremely bright fireball sighting around 6 a.m. It was reported from Los Angeles to Oregon and lasted 15 to 20 seconds. (Anthony Fox’s video in Rancho Cordova east of Sacramento, shows moving white ball of light).
Not to be outdone, on Sept 13 fireball brigade put on an extraordinary show for the Pacific Northwest – British Columbia, Washington state, and Oregon, starting around 8:20 p.m., when a yellowish blue streak, much larger than a shooting star and much closer, crossed the sky in an arc. On the same day:
- Canada: Kim Gordon in Calgary spotted the meteor moving slowly at an angle with a long streak. After a few minutes, it took a sharp turn downwards turn, increasing speed, which is when the tail became really visible. Just before it vanished, it split into two.
- Canada: Joanne F of New Westminster reported to AMS, a fireball that took up a portion of sky about half the size of the moon.
- Washington: Dylan M from Bellevue saw an extremely luminous point of light fall nearly vertically. In last second it was visible above the horizon, it left a very brief trail of smoke, fragmenting before dimming.
On Sept 14, AMS reported a bright fireball displaying wide range of colors (brilliant white, yellow, green) seen over a wide area of eastern US around 10:55 p.m. EDT. Those reporting it agreed it was bright enough to cast shadows and seemed “super close,” very low on the horizon and going straight down. A crackling sound was heard.
(Note: Per AMS, multiple significant fireball events are rarely reported in the same evening.)
Guess somebody didn’t get the memo, because on Sept 23, in various areas of the US, four unique, large fireball events were reported – three within hour and a half of each other.
- Event #2305-2014 – Around 0111 EDT, Florida and Georgia
- Event #2306-2014 – Around 2155 local time in Michigan; also seen in IL, OH, IN, ON WI, PA, NY and KY
- Event #2307-2014 – Around 2030 local time in Tennessee; also seen in AR, AL, MS, MO and KY
- Event #2308-2014 – Around 2047 local time in Pennsylvania; also seen in CT, NY, NJ, MA and MD
And, to finish out the month with a bang . . . dozens of fireball sightings occurred between 11:15 p.m. Friday and 3:15 a.m. Saturday.Sept 26 in North and South Carolina and Virginia.
- Oct 2 – Pennsylvania/northern Virginia: Bright white fireball with green tint streaked across mid-Atlantic skies prompting dozens of reports to AMS around 7:30 p.m.
- Oct 16 – Ashton-Wildwood County Park, Iowa: Between 4:30 and 4:50 a.m. CDT, pictures of a fireball clearly show a train in its wake. (VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZXqmPhd8AQ maddhat1
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According to AMS, on Nov 3, two major fireball events occurred, one in the morning “in broad daylight” and the other around 6:23 p.m. ET. In “broad daylight event, around 9:30 a.m. CT, AMS received 180 reports of streaks or fireballs over several Southern states– mainly North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky – and southern Ohio.
The fireball event around 6:23 p.m. was large, fantastically bright, vivid green and streaking across eastern US, from Georgia northward to Chicago and eastward to Washington, DC. (Video by Chicago resident Harlan Cohen.) Other fireball events were also seen later in the evening, as well. There were also hundreds of reports on social media about bright green streaks or fireballs streaking over many other states.
- Alabama: Woman reported seeing her “second streak in the sky for the day” around 9 p.m. It was green.
- Illinois: Steve Sobel captured on video another fireball over Chicago around 6:25 p.m. CT, about an hour after similar reports in North Carolina and other states.
- North Carolina: Telaya English reported a green flash that streak across the sky in the Huntersville area.
Nov 8 was a big day for fireballs in Northern Ireland, the US, and Mexico.
- Northern Ireland: Long-tailed fireball “as bright as the moon” spotted around 1730 GMT. BBC reporter Declan Lawn described it as a very bright pinpoint with quite a long tail that took about six seconds to pass.
- California to Texas to Mexico: AMS received more than 300 reports around 8:45 p.m. local time. Witnesses reported an extremely bright green light “that rivaled the brightness of the sun” – estimated at least four feet wide, about 4,000 pounds, and burning five times brighter than a full moon. The Maverick County Sheriff’s department in Texas reported ground shaking when the fireball smashed into the earth around 8:45 p.m., apparently in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico
On Nov 17, a large, neon-green fireball, encapsulated by bright red and white streak trail, was seen falling toward earth in Michigan at 2350. The event lasted about 5 seconds.
Other major fireball events in so far for November include the following AMS reports:
- Nov 19 : 5 reports from OK & TX
- Nov 19 : 6 reports from AR, KY, MO & TN
- Nov 20 : 93 reports from AL, FL, GA, IL, IN…
- Nov 21 : 10 reports from IL, IN, KY, MI & OH