Fire in the sky: Mystery fireball sightings reported in both hemispheres. Is more debris hitting Earth?

March 5, 2012AUSTRALIAA fiery meteor has lit up the sky over Victoria and Tasmania. The object, described as a glowing red fireball moving horizontally across the sky about 10.45pm (AEDT) on Sunday, was an unusual sight for this time of year, according to astronomer David Reneke. Observers say the meteor was visible for about 20 seconds. Professor Reneke says he and his colleagues are at a loss to explain the timing and exact nature of the meteor. It may have been a slow-moving piece of rock that ignited or a piece of space junk, he said. “It’s unprecedented, we don’t seem to be in a meteor shower period at the moment,’ Professor Reneke said. “(Fireballs) tend to be very slow moving and they travel more horizontally than vertically… if you ever see one, they stick in your mind for the rest of your life.” Professor Reneke says he has received dozens of reported sightings from across Victoria and Tasmania. Social network site Twitter was abuzz today with reports of the meteor. The phenomenon comes after a fireball was reported in skies over the United Kingdom on Saturday, with police inundated with calls from concerned residents, The Guardian reports. It is impossible to be sure if the sighted meteors in the UK and Australia are the same, Professor Reneke says. –News.au
Fireball over UK: Reports of a “bright light” and an “orange glow” were received by police across Scotland and the north of England around 9.40pm. The Met Office tweeted: “Hi All, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite.” A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said the force had been “inundated” with calls about a bright object in the sky across the west of Scotland. A Durham Police spokeswoman said a number of calls came in around 9.45pm from concerned members of public who had seen a “bright light or a fire in the sky” and believed it may have been incidents involving an aircraft. Police forces across the UK have been inundated with calls after what is believed to be a meteor was spotted in the sky. Reports of a “bright light” and an “orange glow” were received by police across Scotland and the north of England around 9.40pm. “The sightings are believed to be either an asteroid burning out or similar which has been restricted to the upper atmosphere only.” Grampian Police said reports of people seeing a “flare or a bright object with a tail” were received from across the region. And Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary said numerous calls were made about a “large ball of fire in the sky” across Annandale and Eskdale. One user wrote on the force’s Facebook page: “It was awesome to see! Really big and bright!” Hundreds of people took to Twitter to report similar sightings across Scotland and the north of England. People described seeing a bright fireball moving across the sky with a large tail. The Kielder Observatory also reported the sighting of a “huge fireball” travelling from north to south over Northumberland at 9.41pm. The Observatory posted on Twitter: “Of 30 years observing the sky, this fireball is the best thing I have ever seen period.” –Telegraph
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33 Responses to Fire in the sky: Mystery fireball sightings reported in both hemispheres. Is more debris hitting Earth?

  1. Dennis E. says:

    Alvin, you did post last year that our solar system was moving into a more dense part of the milky
    way galaxy and that the possibility of the earth being hit has increased.

    So, we can expect unexpected objects to cross our path.

    • Anthony says:

      I saw a fireball about ten minutes ago. It lasted about 16 seconds and slowly faded into the dark sky.

    • tony says:

      didn’t know where else to post…apprx 6:48 pm est…driving/facing east in broward county i almost collided with other cars as everyone saw and breaked as a bright “fireball” streaked downward before fading out after 4 seconds or so…that was 20 mins ago,,others definitley had to see it, and something had to hit earth from where it appeared to flame out, and the initial size

  2. will says:

    Solar flares cooking all our hardware up there.

  3. Norma James says:

    I live in Bowie, Maryland. At approximate 7:57 tonight I was sitting in my family room and just happened to glance out the window (northern exposure) and saw a bright fireball descending extremely rapidly towards the ground. I didn’t see streak, just a bright fireball.

  4. Countrygirl says:

    It does seem very strange that there has been several recent and credible reports of fireballs all over the globe. Here in Florida we had one come in last month, witnessed by many. February also saw many New England states and Canada reporting bright fireballs on or about 2/28/12. Here is a link to an interesting site that tracks meteors by location: lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com
    So now Scotland and the UK… Could these sightings just be anomalies, freak flaming meteors of similar description darting in as random occurrences- or are these fireballs showing any trachectory patterns that may hint at a common origin in space? Indeed there are signs in the heavens, Alvin, all around us all.

  5. RyGuy says:

    WOW! I saw one tonight in Boston, MA heading west toward central MA. It flew down from the sky at a phenomenal speed! Have never seen anything like it around here before either

  6. dan says:

    its pretty simple really….apparently we are due to enter the center of the galaxy(millky way),thats what the mayan calander tells us anyway…..it happens just like clockwork every 26,000 years or so they say….and that would mean that theoretically this will intensify untill somewhere actually cops a large fireball to the face…….then i assume the madness will begin??just a guess.

  7. Sergio M. says:

    i saw one about 11:30 pm over New York Queens about same degree falling straight down, no sound, green in color lasted about 5 seconds, enough for me to say wth is that and it was gone.
    fell very close to the gorund.

  8. Julie Pietrini says:

    Strange… My family and I saw a “fire ball” fly through the sky here in Connecticut, USA! Approx 7:50pm. It was amazing! So big, so bright, like nothing I have seen before!

    • Ryan E says:

      WOW that must have been the same one I saw! I was driving on the Mass Pike leaving Boston at that time when I saw it come down!

  9. nickk0 says:

    I must say that I have seen more fireballs in the last couple of years, than I ever did before.

  10. Maggie Shayne says:

    There was a large fiery sphere speeding horizontally, very low in the sky last night here in New York State’s very rural Cortland County last night (Monday March 5th) at approximately 7:55 pm Eastern Standard Time.

  11. RealUniverse says:

    Cant be the same objects thery’re in different hemispheres and thousands of km apart. Possibly just another micro asteroid. Both could be of a small group of space rocks. Remember these things burn up at great height near the re-entry part of the atmosphere. Lucky it wasnt bigger! I dont really get why these astronomers say were not in a meteor shower. So what, asteroids and small rocks pass the Earth all the time.

  12. there was one in south carolina that happened around 1:45 am the other night,It made the news several people made 9-11 calls about it and even a cop seen it and one guys home security camera caught it on tape and the weather service here said it was just a meteor and that was all,so this is going on everywhere.

  13. lilswede says:

    I haven’t seen anything here in Albany,Ny,,but the stars seem much much brighter these days,,I will keep looking up into the Heavans,,,God creations are Georgeous,,,:)

  14. jc says:

    i saw a fire ball when walking with some friends through north hobart in 2007, several people on the street saw it to and their reactions were worried. the fireball just sat in one spot for about a minute we stoped and watched it we had the feeling of the end of the world ,it was big and behind clouds but very clear . i will never forget it.

  15. Cherie Shetler says:

    We just saw just a half an hour ago, a huge red fireball in the western sky slowly moving down toward earth. There were little pieces of it dropping off of it as it fell. The weirdness thing that I have ever seen. We live in Northern California.

  16. Bjay says:

    I saw one with my friend the fire split into 2 and went up in the sky and disappeared what the hell this is anyway can somebody tell me please

  17. Bjay says:

    It was at Saturday in 2 pm in mourning when me and my buddy saw it

  18. Barbara says:

    I saw a fire ball in the sky in Boksburg Gauteng South Africa last night at about 7pm. First I thought it must be a airplane on fire but then I realised that its moving in a wrong direction. I sight that I will never forget¤ my grandsons been in the car with me and he saw it too when we stopped.

  19. h3ll0k1tt3h says:

    Yesterday at around 9:31 I was driving home with my family when my step mother said to us “Oh my god, what IS that?!” I was searching the sky left and right until I laid my eyes on the one thing I will never be able to erase out of my head. At first I thought it was an airplane on fire, but as I looked more closely it appeared to be hovering effortlessly wherever the wind took it. Within no less.than a minute, the bright orange fire ball was gone behind the clouds. It floated upward, like a chinese lantern. But.. It was BRIGHT orange and fire ball like. It was literally perfect looking. Completely stunning

  20. Luis Becking says:

    Saw a bright orange fireball in the sky 3 minutes ago. Interesting, something I’ve never seen before.

  21. I just got home, about 3:15 am and let my dog out and I just happened to look up at the sky and saw a huge firey orange ball falling from the sky. I watched it for about maybe 20 seconds could have been less than that, but it seemed like a while. I have never seen anything like that especially in CT. I hope that it wasn’t from a plane or anything like that. I’ve seen comets before as well as meteorites but never one that close to the earth or at least that orangey-red. It was mesmerizing to say the least, but at the same time I was a little freaked out. It would be really awesome if it actually is what you say its could be. I just hope I can convince people that I’m not crazy lol and actually saw something pretty amazing. :)

  22. ced says:

    Perplexed!! Looked out my kitchen window this evening and saw a orange fireball moving east to west. Went outside and was able to watch it up to 45 seconds and another followed in the same direction closer over our home. Then I saw a third one directly over our home moving as slow as a plane would fly over but again it was a ball of fire! Never seen anything like this. We live in central PA.

  23. James Entwistle says:

    I am lucky enough to have witnessed this sighting twice in Ravenglass Cumbria. Both times were after midnight when due to me never drawing the curtains back perfectly in the morning, my farther told me to never to close the curtains. In the dark my eye is drawn to the green intermitentely changing flashing navigation light situationed on eskmeals air base and bomb testing and disposal. when looking out to this point where the river meets the sea i saw a red/dark orange ball in the sky, it then started to float downwards to the left, from north to south looking out on the west coast. it appeared to have a fiery tale like no other object i have ever seen before burning up in out atmosphere because the fiery tale was made of small squares , allmost pixelated. i jumped out of bed and went to the window where i watched it come down to the same height as the green navigation light. it started to act like a drone next coming even closer to the ground hovering without its tail and kind of staying parrellel with the countours of the sand bar and dune. it was moving very slowly and then in an instance from left to right getting faster and faster it started to flash on and of in a sequence of dot dash dash dash dot which gave it in a perfectly straight line and changed directions like no other matter of mass on this plannet. it did that for about thirty seconds , stopped , floated slowly over the sand dune left of drigg point, when it came back into sight, it was dimmer and got even more dimmer like whatever it was was running out of fuel or energy. It then got to the point where it was a very small ball getting very dim flashing on and off. it hovered to the middle of the river estuary mouth between drigg point and esk meals where it dropped into the centre of the river , inland of the sand bar in the river , not the sea.

    The second time i saw it/or one i quickly woke my parents and made them look out the window , but due to them have been fast asleep their eyes could not ajust quick enough and did not have their glasses on , they said they couldnt see anything and didnt know what they were looking for. i saw it go and float between the same dune on the south of the estuary then get dimmer and dissapear and fizzel out.

  24. alex jose says:

    Alex from calicut.india. i saw a fire ball fliying. On18th jan at10:15 pm. I took more than 1 min to disappear. It was a perfect red fire. Moving very slowly like an aircraft.. i dont know whats it..

  25. Roy Smith says:

    I saw a flaming fireball with a fiery tail about a month ago. I saw pretty much the same thing on the Science Channel about a week ago, they called it something that begins with the letter “B”. can anyone refresh my memory?

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