‘Major’ fireball spotted in U.S. Pacific Northwest: more than 200 sightings reported

The American Meteor Society received at least 234 reports of a “major fireball event”  that took place over the Pacific Northwest and southwestern Canada at approximately 6 a.m on Wednesday
November 1, 2013 OREGON A giant fireball was spotted in the Pacific Northwest Wednesday, sparking more than 200 reports from observers. The American Meteor Society received at least 234 reports of a “major fireball event” over the Pacific Northwest and southwestern Canada around 6 a.m. PDT. Many reports came from Oregon, as well as Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Idaho and Montana. “A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky,” Jim Todd from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry told the Oregon Coast. AMS experts say the meteor entered Earth’s atmosphere over Washington and traveled east to west, landing in the Pacific Ocean, Fox 12 reports. Individuals that saw the fireball describe the event as something extraordinary. “It was just amazing to see …. it seemed to come out of nowhere as we were gazing out the window at the starts and suddenly it was streaking across the sky so BIG and long tail …. gorgeous!” Charlotte V. of Wilsonville, Ore., wrote on the AMS website. “The event was very similar in appearance to a typical shooting star incident, however it was much larger, brighter, & seemed much, much closer to earth,” an observer from Beaverton, Ore., wrote. “The fireball portion was about the same size as the full moon on a low horizon during autumn. The tail was quite broad & lengthy, but the main ball of light shot sparkling bursts in all directions: front, rear, top, bottom.”
Fireballs are a common occurrence in the Earth’s atmosphere, Todd explains, where several thousand take place each day, mostly over oceans and remote regions hidden in daylight. Earlier this month, a fireball was spotted in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. The event, which took place on Oct. 15, prompted more than 70 AMS reports by witnesses, Patch reports. “It lasted a very short time & was going quickly in a downward direction. I didn’t hear anything or see anything explode. It just came and went very quickly,” an observer from Center Valley, Pa., wrote. Most meteors are the size of tiny pebbles, but ones the size of a softball can produce light comparable to the full moon, according to the AMS. “The reason for this is the extreme velocity at which these objects strike the atmosphere. Even the slowest meteors are still traveling at 10 miles per second, which is much faster than a speeding bullet. Fireballs occur every day over all parts of the Earth,” the organization explains. –IB Times
Every night, a network of NASA all-sky cameras scans the skies above the United States for meteoritic fireballs. Automated software maintained by NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office calculates their orbits, velocity, penetration depth in Earth’s atmosphere and many other characteristics. On October 31, 2013, NASA reported 2 fireballs. –Space Weather
Solar Watch: Solar wind flowing from the indicated coronal hole could reach Earth on Nov. 5-7
Rapid succession of flares: The sun has erupted more than two dozen times over the last week, sending radiation and solar material hurtling through space – and scientists say more eruptions may be coming. This shouldn’t be unusual. After all, we are technically at solar maximum, the peak of the 11-year cycle of the sun’s activity. But this has been a noticeably mellow solar maximum, with the sun staying fairly quiet throughout the summer. So when our life-giving star suddenly let loose with 24 medium strength M-class solar flares and four significantly stronger X-class flares between Oct.  23 and Oct. 30, it felt like a surprise. Many of the flares originated from sunspot AR1884, a particularly active region of the sun that is currently facing Earth, almost at the center of the star. If this region stays active, it will continue to hurl radiation and solar material our way for about another week until it rotates out of sight. – LA Times
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11 Responses to ‘Major’ fireball spotted in U.S. Pacific Northwest: more than 200 sightings reported

  1. M.Coble says:

    My son and i seen this fireball Wednesday it was pretty bright and had a long white tail , traveling east to west and lasted about four seconds then faded out , one of my security cameras caught about 1+ seconds of it , I would rate this fireball about a 8 out 10 for all the fireballs i have seen in my lifetime it was very pretty .


  2. Chris says:

    I saw another one this morning…. not as big as that one, but big enough to make me take notice. … kinda looked like a satellite or something burning up..I’m in Calgary and was looking south.


  3. Michael says:

    LOL, Did you read the part where they say “Fireballs are a common occurrence in the Earth’s atmosphere, Todd explains” ??? REALLY, if it was, then why has it become a big story??? because it’s NOT COMMON. However we are seeing them more often now, and there is something afoot.


  4. Dennis E. says:

    Truely something is afoot. I’ve read on several internet reports that this debris is from the approaching comet ISON?
    On another hand is it from an inbound asteroid that has yet to be announced; Hence the talk about coffins, body bags, etc…….. prepositioned in Puerto Rico?

    It has been reported on this site that our solar system is passing through a dense part of the Milky May or Galaxy where there are an abundant amount of rocks,some stationary and other items of interest that could ruin our day.

    So, pick your demise………..


    • william says:

      yes I have read about what you have written above before, it stated that we are passing through a dense part of the milky way and it may take 7 years to get through, we are already 4/5 years into that 7 years now and im hoping we have already dodged the bullets.. it seems we have.. its part of our volcanoe and earthquake activity also I think..


  5. Mary says:

    So what can man do about it? God created the universe and He alone is in control of it. I put my trust in Him.


  6. Mary Ann says:

    Mary….my name is also Mary and I agree with you! People should put their trust in God and God alone! Prayer is the answer…..especially the Rosary!


  7. tonic says:

    We are at the peak of solar maximum and compared to past events, these events barely merit recognition. If you Wiki “orbit” (solar orbit) and realise that this solar maximum is very, very weak, then orbits of smaller objects must be affected to a much greater extent than bigger objects that can endure this change… because of the gravity they possess.
    Solar cycles have been getting weaker in recent years. So it follows, we may well see visitors that no longer have a stable orbit.


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