Rare daytime fireball sighting causes reason for concern. The brighter the streak the bigger the object.
Loud mysterious booms, fireballs, and meteors are now occurring in record numbers, and they don’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. The latest in a string of events took place in the United Kingdom.
Out of the blue, Channel Islands residents heard a loud sonic boom around 3 pm last Thursday that rattled windows and shook homes. A bright fireball accompanied the loud explosion.
Images of the fireball surfaced that show just how big the bright object was in the daytime sky.
Co-founder of the Meteor Observation Network Richard Kacerek told Yahoo News: “This is a meteor we see in the pictures and videos.”
“The reports we got seem to support this was a fireball meteor,” he said. “The loud bang heard after this event seems likely to be related.”
The British Geological Survey reported the “probable sonic event” in Devon, Somerset, Cornwall, and Dorset counties, feeding the mystery.
Astonishingly, witnesses claim the sound did not die out for close to 30 seconds.
A research fellow at Oxford Physics named Simon Proud captured the fireball on satellite imagery.
“Sometimes weather sats see unexpected things,” Proud Tweeted on Saturday. “Do you see the flash in this video? That’s a #meteor flying over the UK this afternoon!”
A camera mounted at a park in Weymouth reveals the distinct sound of the explosion.
Meanwhile, in the United States, another fireball was spotted over Washington D.C. Saturday night. The bright falling rock was captured on a camera mounted in Arlington, Virginia.
And if that’s not enough–hundreds of people reported seeing another massive fireball over the weekend flying in the skies between New Hampshire and North Carolina.
According to NASA Meteor Watch, the incident occurred around 12:30 am Eastern Time on Sunday and was seen as far north as Michigan.
“The meteor was also detected by 3 meteor cameras belonging to the NASA Fireball Network and 2 cameras of the Southern Ontario Meteor Network,” NASA reports. “A quick analysis of the best set of video data from these systems shows that the object first became visible 55 miles (88 kilometers) above the town of Greenstone, near the Pennsylvania/Maryland border.”
The object was moving at 51,000 miles per hour.
NASA says, “the fireball traversed 38 miles through the atmosphere before fragmenting 28 miles above the Pennsylvania town of Newburg.”
All of the recent activity dovetails with an increase in fireball sightings worldwide that also coincide with the spike in Near-Earth asteroids. (i.e. The number of fireball sightings has been increasing each year. Coincidentally, the number of near-Earth asteroids has as well.)
Are you prepared for what’s to come?