Young Turks: “An Asteroid This Size Could Kill Alot of People!” Bill Nye


Published on Feb 14, 2013

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Source: February 14, 2013 Current TV News

Astronomers around the world are preparing for a record-breaking asteroid flyby February 15. Measuring 45 meters in diameter and weighing an estimated 130,000 metric tons, Asteroid 2012 DA14 is considered small by scientists who track the solar system’s rocky debris. VOA’s Suzanne Presto reports that it will zip past our planet so closely that it will be even nearer to us than our orbiting weather and communications satellites.

Links:

2012 DA14 Earth Impact Risk Summary: http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/risk/2012da14…

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_DA14

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Space.com http://www.space.com/19646-asteroid-2…

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Fireball Watch


Here are a few of the incoming meteor reports from Sott.net for the last week, note how “space junk” is being used more often to explain away the increase in sightings.

Incoming meteor filmed near Birmingham Airport, England

BBC News
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:13 CST
Birmingham Fireball

© Paul Duggan

A taxi driver has captured film of a suspected meteor over Birmingham Airport.Paul Duggan filmed the object on a dashboard camera he uses to record bad driving, at 21:05 GMT on Wednesday. Mr Duggan said he initially thought it might be an aircraft crashing. Gary Fildes, from the Kielder Observatory in Northumberland, said the meteor was visible for 10 to 15 seconds – 10 times longer than usual – and was “quite a sight”.

Bright meteor streaks over Japan, 20 January 2013

lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com
Sat, 26 Jan 2013

Eyewitness reports

20 January 2013 – Ellen Musahino, Tokyo, Japan 3:40 a.m.

2-3 seconds duration. East, very bright yellowish white. There was a flash and then a diving star bright as the moon with a long and beautiful tail. Little sparks along the tail. It was bright enough to be confused with the flash of a camera in a dark room.

20 January 2013 – A Shorb Nasu, Tochigi, Japan 2:42 JST

Around 5 seconds duration. Travelling West to East. A large flash of light like lightning followed by a bluish-green ball. Maybe as bright as the moon? It seemed very close. I’ve found some Youtube videos of the meteor, taken from from near Tokyo:

100 people report ‘fireball’ streaking across the Virginia sky Sunday night

WSET-TV
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:43 CST
Fireball

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A fireball from 1998.

Lynchburg, Virginia – Dozens of viewers, nearing over 100 as of Sunday Night, report seeing a very bright “fireball” streak across the night sky.

Witnesses report a vivid tail of fire-like red particles extending from the fireball.

The fireball was likely a large, or close meteor. These events are more common than many people think.

Debris from space enter Earth’s atmosphere all of the time and burn up in our sky as meteors. Occasionally, a meteor will be vivid or large enough to be described as a “fireball”.

Exploding meteorite? Confusion in Corbin, Kentucky after residents report loud, brief ‘thunder roll’ on sunny day

WKYT.com
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:19 CST
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Fake Quakes?

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Corbin, Kentucky – It’s been described as an explosion, an earthquake, a thunder roll, or even as small as a car crash. Some say there was one tremor, others say two, one resident said they felt three violent shakes, and yet some say they didn’t feel anything at all.

While the reports vary, the reality is something rattled Corbin around midday on Wednesday.

“Just a couple of seconds, it didn’t last long,” described Christopher Day, “I thought it was thunder and I looked up in the sky and, of course, it was sunny and cold out. It couldn’t be thunder.”

But Day wasn’t the only one to feel it, Deanna Rains said dishes began falling into her sink.

“I actually had my coffee pot break from my refrigerator,” said Rains, “I was thinking oh my god, is my trailer going to fall apart? Or is the ground going to split open or something? I mean it was horrible!”

The Whitley County 911 Call Center made a map estimating the locations of callers to 911 centers in their county as well as in Laurel, Knox and McCreary counties. The tremors were that widespread.

“We’ve yet to determine what this was. It sounded like a minor earthquake, but we can’t get it verified,” answered Sheriff Colan Harrell.

So, was it an earthquake? If anyone would know it’d be the UK Geological Survey.

“I took a look through our records and so far I haven’t seen anything that does not look uncharacteristic. There’s a of activity but that’s normal,” explained Seth Carpenter, adding he believes it was likely a mine blast on the surface level, and did not register on their seismology readouts.

So was it an explosion?

I called several mining companies to see if they were blasting in the area that could explain the shaking. They all denied it, saying their blasts are typically smaller and kept to a mile-wide radius.

Danny Moses, the Whitley County Emergency Management Director, said he began trying to solve the mystery as soon as it happened. He checked every possible blasting site, and said he still had not found the answer.

So the mystery continues.

“There could also be something else going on,” estimated Carpenter.

“I still have no idea. It was definitely something,” stated Day.

Moses said he has not found any major damage to the area. Still, those who felt the tremors want answers, but for now they’ll have to wait.

‘Experts’ say fireball with ‘glowing train of fire’ seen from Canada to Georgia on Sunday was ‘probably a falling satellite’

Tim Ciesco
WSLS
Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:45 CST
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Roanoke, Virginia — An object that looked like a giant fireball made a brief appearance in the sky at around 9:30pm Sunday — and while no one can say with 100 percent certainty what it was, experts tell us they have a pretty good idea.

Aerospace Corporation — a federally funded research and development center based in California that works with the Air Force and NASA — says the timing and witness descriptions are consistent with a satellite that fell back into Earth’s atmosphere.

That satellite, called Cosmos 1484, was launched by the Soviet Union back in 1983.

Sightings were reported from Canada all the way down to Georgia. Aerospace says that’s a much greater distance than you typically see with these events, which is why they’re continuing to investigate. The American Meteor Society received several dozen reports, including a handful from our region.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in all the meteor showers I’ve observed,” posted Raymond, who lives in Amherst County.

“It had a glowing train that was sparking like it was on fire,” wrote Sarah, who lives in Bassett.

We were unable to find anyone who had a picture or video of the fireball. Aerospace says it can be difficult to capture because these events usually last for less than a minute. There were no reports of any space debris hitting the ground. Aerospace says any falling pieces of the satellite likely landed in the ocean.

Fireball seen in the sky over Wales

Rob Taylor
Wrexham.com
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:01 CST
Fireball

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Just after 9pm tonight we had reports of a fireball shooting across the night sky.

The fireball, possibly a meteor or space junk burning up, was zooming across the sky from South to North. It was described as being green in colour with a yellow or red tail.

Its likely it is space junk, however there is an outside chance it is the start of an alien invasion.

Update: We have had @wrexham twitter followers tweeting us, and one email in saying it ‘broke up at the end’ rather than being a meteor shower. One Wrexham.com heard a rumble and boom around the same time.

In September a massive fireball, thought to be space junk, was sighted burning up over the skies of the UK – our report is here.

Mystery light flashes through Winnipeg sky


CBC News

Wed, 16 Jan 2013

Many Winnipeggers were stunned by a sudden whitish-green flash in the night sky Tuesday.

It happened at about 10 p.m. and the mystery light was gone as suddenly as it appeared.

Scott Young at the Manitoba Museum said he’s not 100 per cent certain about it, but all signs point to the light being a meteorite.

“They slow down so quickly and they heat up so quickly that often they just explode in what’s called a terminal burst and that’s often a greenish colour,” he said.

“So the colour sort of tips me off and also just the speed that this comes over.”

If it was a meteorite, it would only be the 14th time in Manitoba history that one has come through the atmosphere in this province, Young said.

http://www.sott.net/article/256445-Mystery-light-flashes-through-Winnipeg-sky

 

Shooting star a captivating sight across Kanto region


Takashi Sugimoto
The Asahi Shimbun
Mon, 21 Jan 2013
Meteor

© Fumiaki Goto
A shooting star observed before dawn on Jan. 20 near the Dodaira astronomical observatory in Tokigawa, Saitama Prefecture. Exposure time: 16.8 seconds.

A shooting star accompanied by a loud boom was observed before dawn Jan. 20 across broad areas of the Kanto region, igniting intense interest on the Internet with the posting of video footage and eyewitness accounts.

Fumiaki Goto, 28, an office worker in Tokigawa, Saitama Prefecture, captured footage of the fireball by chance while taking photos of the night sky just after 2:40 a.m.

The plume was enhanced suddenly after its color turned to bluish white from light green and fell toward Ibaraki Prefecture, finally with a reddish hue, said Goto.

The fireball was likely a meteorite, experts said. Video footage taken from a car had more than 200,000 hits.

Chikara Shimoda of the Japan Fireball Network, a group of amateur astronomers, said the fireball disappeared at an altitude of about 30 kilometers.

“It may have burnt up, or perhaps it hit the sea,” said Shimoda, 55.

 

Fireball brighter than the full moon lights up New Mexico, 9 November 2012


Alan Pickup
The Guardian
Sun, 18 Nov 2012

A fireball that blazed brighter than the full moon as it streaked across New Mexico’s sky on 9 November may be related to Comet Encke and perhaps to the object that exploded over Tunguska in 1908, flattening more than 2,000 sq km of Siberian forest.

Every October and November bring a flurry of fireballs from a pair of meteor showers whose meteors diverge from radiant points in our E evening sky. Called the Northern and Southern Taurids after the constellation Taurus, their meteors are relatively slow at 27-29km per second but few in number, rarely more than five per hour even under ideal dark skies. They do, though, include a good proportion of fireballs which we can define as a meteor that rivals or surpasses Venus in brightness. There seem to have been more fireballs than usual this year.

Comment: There have been more fireballs than usual this year. We wonder what’s ‘up’?
Taurids follow similar solar orbits to Comet Encke, though it is not clear whether their material comes from that comet or an earlier and larger predecessor. One theory for the origin of the Tunguska object is that it, too, was a fragment of Comet Encke or its predecessor.

Another meteor shower, the Leonids, peaks on Saturday but is likely to fall well short of the stunning displays it gave a few years ago. Its very swift (72km per second) meteors stream away from a radiant in the Sickle of Leo which climbs from low in the ENE at 23:00 to high on the meridian by dawn. Peak rates may touch 15 per hour but should already be declining as the radiant rises that night.

http://www.sott.net/article/253740-Fireball-brighter-than-the-full-moon-lights-up-New-Mexico-9-November-2012

 

Weekly “Fire in the Sky” Update


Inbound meteors over the last week since Oct. 25, 2012

From Susan Joy Rennison’s blog “News of the Imbalance”

Did You See The Bright Streak In The Sky?
WHNT 19 News, 31st October 2012
Update on reports of fireball earlier in the sky from Dr. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center: “This was NOT a Taurid meteor; probably a random interloper from the asteroid belt. Doppler weather radar shows a meteoritic “rain”, indicating that there are meteorites on the ground in Alabama. The radar signature is stronger than the recent California fireball, which produced meteorites in the San Francisco area.We are still working out a precise location for the meteor impact.”

After analyzing images, below is the likely streak from the meteor that moved across part of north/central Alabama’s sky around 5:25 pm this evening, captured on WHNT’s camera at Athens State University. [...] Below is a statement from Dr. Bill Cooke and an image of the path of the fireball.

“So the bolide appeared some 44 miles above a point midway between the towns of Stanton and Mason, and moved slightly north of east at a speed 3 times faster than that of the International Space Station, finally terminating above the town of Pinson, which is southeast of Jackson, TN. Altitude at last visibility was 18.1 miles, which is fairly low for a meteor.”

According to Dr. Bill Cooke at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, in order for a sonic boom to occur the, meteorite must be below 30 miles above earth’s surface, meaning the meteorite likely penetrated very low in our atmosphere. The sonic boom sends shock waves through the atmosphere, eventually striking the ground, which can be picked up by seismologists and something registered on seismographs around 5:29 pm which corresponds around the time of the multiple reports of the fireballs in the sky. Below is a seismogram sent in by amateur seismologist Steve Jones which shows a clear spike registered just before 5:30 pm this evening.

Comment:
There were actually two meteors seen in different states, see below: For further comment see archives.

  • Multiple meteor sightings provide October surprise
    Waff.com, 30th October 2012 Recent booms and flashing lights across the Tennessee Valley have some people wondering what all the ruckus in the sky is. [...] A fireball was spotted across the sky in Jackson, Tennessee, Tuesday morning; it could be seen from Kentucky, Alabama and even Louisiana, according to Bill Cooke with NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office. [...]The fireball was officially clocked at 6:11 a.m. local time, with over 60 eyewitness accounts of the sighting across the South.

    That wasn’t the only report of a meteor in the sky on Tuesday. Cooke confirmed Tuesday night that another meteor was spotted over several counties in North Alabama.

Meteorites On The Ground In Alabama?
The Alabama Weather Blog, 30th October 2012
Thanks to Bill Cooke from NASA in Huntsville.. the best meteor expert in the state. He tells us this about the 5:30 p.m. fireball that was seen over much of our state…

“This was NOT a Taurid meteor; probably a random interloper from the asteroid belt. Doppler weather radar shows a meteoritic “rain”, indicating that there are meteorites on the ground in Alabama. The radar signature is stronger than the recent California fireball, which produced meteorites in the San Francisco area.

We are still working out a precise location for the meteor impact.” I will have a radar capture here shortly… The explosive boom produced by the meteor registered on a seismograph in Huntsville, operated by Steve Jones of alabamaquake.com

Comment:
With the planet being bombarded with meteors on an almost daily basis, we are back to more ‘normal’ news…. This was a boulder that hit the ground so hard, it was picked up on a seismograph…

From Sott.net

Doppler radar indicates larger of Tuesday’s two exploding daytime fireballs over Alabama showered large amount of meteoritic rain

Two overhead meteor explosions over Tennessee, Alabama, 30 October 2012

Eyewitnesses describe ‘comet-like’ white fireball possibly impacting Southern Ontario, 25 October 2012

Spectacular fireball turns night into day, seen from North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, 26 October 2012

 Photographer captures blazing meteor over Arizona, 21 October 2012

Nevermind the disinformation: ‘Rock’ found in Navato, California IS a meteorite, Second one found nearby

‘Largest meteorite’ to fall in Poland discovered

 

Amazing meteor boomerangs around earth


 

Kelly Beatty
Sky and Telescope
Tue, 02 Oct 2012 15:33 CDT
For the first time ever, a meteor has grazed in and out of Earth’s atmosphere, slowing enough to become a temporary satellite that lasted a full orbit.

O'Briens Tower

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Lucky skygazer Damien Stenson was photographing O’Briens Tower at Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher when a brilliant, fragmenting bolide passed behind. Stenson used LEDs to illuminate the tower in this 30-second exposure. Click on the image for a larger version.

By evening on September 21st, an earlier storm had moved eastward and left skies over the British Isles beautifully clear.

Martin Goff, an officer with the Greater Manchester [England] Police, was making his rounds when he spotted a dazzling meteor at 22:55 p.m. (21:55 Universal Time). “I immediately pulled the van over to better see the fireball,” he recounts. “Although not an experienced astronomical observer I was able to log relevant information such as altitude and azimuth relative to the straight road I was on and to trees and streetlights nearby.” He estimates it was about as bright as a full moon and remained visible for 35 to 40 seconds, fragmenting for at least the last half of that. “I was just flabbergasted to have seen it!”

He was hardly alone in his amazement. Friday-night crowds were out and about when the bolide appeared, delighting and amazing untold thousands as it broke into dozens of pieces as it glided east to east across the sky. Dirk Ross, who tracks bright meteors and meteorite finds worldwide, logged 564 eyewitness reports from England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Norway.

A few hours later, Ross received another burst of 126 sightings. But these weren’t from Europe – instead, a fireball had appeared over southeastern Canada and the U.S. Northeast. What at first seemed the unlikely arrival of two dramatic bolides in a single night is now known to be something much more historic and scientifically profound.

Mathematician Esko Lyytinen, a member of the Finnish Fireball Working Group of the Ursa Astronomical Association, has analyzed both sets of sightings and concludes that the two events resulted from a single object encountering Earth that night. He believes a large body grazed the upper atmosphere, dipping to an altitude of 33 miles (53 km) over Ireland before escaping back to space. Because it arrived moving at only about 8 miles (13 km) per second, barely above Earth’s escape velocity, it lingered for more than a minute as it crossed the sky. (This explains why some witnesses mistook it for reentering spacecraft debris.)

Ireland Meteor

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Dynamicists believe a large meteoroid broke apart as it passed over Ireland on the night of September 21, 2012. Slowed by its atmospheric passage, the object entered a temporary orbit around Earth and returned to the sky over eastern North America 155 minutes later.

Lyytinen says the brief atmospheric passage took its toll. As the meteoroid broke apart, its velocity dropped to just 5.7 miles (9.2 km) per second, too slow to make an escape back to space. Instead, it became a temporary satellite of Earth, looping completely around the globe before reentering the atmosphere – this time for good. “It looks now that the fireball witnessed 155 minutes later in U.S. and Canada, may have been one fragment of the British fireball, most probably the biggest one,” Lyytinen explains.

A second analysis of photos and videos of the European event, by aerospace engineer and meteor expert Robert Matson, comes to the same incredible conclusion. Matson’s calculations suggest that a big chunk of this Earth-grazer ended up in a temporary orbit with an inclination of about 54° (corresponding to the latitude of its “perigee” over Ireland). Its single looping orbit was highest, about 3,930 miles (6,330 km), somewhere south of Australia, before it boomeranged back to a fiery finale over North America.

There’ve been widely seen grazers before, though nothing like this. On the evening of October 9, 1992 (also a Friday, by the way), thousands witnessed a bolide that broke apart as it screamed up the East Coast. A piece of it struck a parked car in Peekskill, New York. An even larger meteoroid streaked across the Rocky Mountain sky in broad daylight on August 10, 1972, coming as close as 35 miles (57 km) before returning to interplanetary space. (Its velocity was too fast to become captured.)

In the case of September 21st’s double-dipper, high-quality snapshots and videos from astonished onlookers have been key to piecing its story together. For example, Ross has collected 31 videos of the meteoroid passing over Europe.

Photographer Damien Stenson was in the right place at the right time with the right equipment, as he was taking long exposures of the stars and scenery along the Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast. Two of his images are especially diagnostic – and beautiful – in that they clearly show the fragmenting object framed by the Big Dipper and other far-northern stars.

“I spend a lot of time out photographing the Milky Way, meteors, etc.,” Stenson comments, “but this was the most impressive sight I’ve seen yet.”

 

Reign of Fire: Meteorites, Wildfires, Planetary Chaos and the Sixth Extinction


Joe Quinn and Niall Bradley
Sott.net
Thu, 05 Jul 2012

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‘Damn you al-qaeda!’ An American flag waves in front of a house leveled by the Waldo Canyon fire in the Mountain Shadows community in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2 July 2012

Over the past 18 months, we’ve been growing increasingly concerned for the future of all life on planet earth. Sure, the signs that things have been going ‘south’ have been there for some time, but our concern began in earnest at the very beginning of 2011, when masses of birds began to fall dead from the sky around the world. The phenomenon continued for several months, and birds around the world are still dying for officially unknown reasons. None of the dead birds showed any sign of disease, but in several incidents birds were found to have ‘external injuries’ like they had been “hit by some kind of blunt instrument”. All sorts of explanations for the deaths were offered (like fireworks or birds colliding with each other) including the predictable attempts by ‘science experts’ to downplay any significance to the bizarre deaths. But among the flurry of speculation, one report stood out.

NewsChannel5 Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson decided to take a look at the the Doppler radar images from Beebe, Arkansas from the night when many red-winged blackbirds had fallen dead to the ground, and he discovered something interesting.

“There it was. This huge plume of turbulence over the Beebe birds just as they began their frenzied flight,” Johnson said.

The turbulence appears above the birds between about 7,000 and 12,000 feet. Johnson realized there are only a few possible explanations for this phenomena.

Having homed in on the probable cause, Johnson then introduced some nonsense:

“Birds don’t fly that high, and he quickly ruled out military action, a sonic boom, meteor shower or alien invasion.”

While we can understand why Johnson ruled out military action or a sonic boom (there were no flights over the area at the time), Johnson never explained why he ruled out a “meteor shower”, although we can understand the inclusion of “alien invasion” – to ridicule by association the idea of a “meteor shower” or other meteorite-related phenomenon.

Johnson then went on to say:

“Something in the atmosphere, something mysterious, occurred over Beebe, Arkansas that night… And I believe it was part of what caused those birds to fly and then die.”

Indeed, but with the answer staring him in the face, Johnson lost the plot completely:

Johnson’s research captured an unseen temperature reversal just above the birds’ roosting area at about 1,500 feet above the ground. This temperature “inversion” acted like a megaphone, amplifying all the noises that occurred in Beebe at that time. As the fireworks exploded, the sound was amplified by the inversion and became much louder than normal. This appears to have startled the birds so much that they burst into flight, running into each other, and nearby buildings. Thousands of the now-disoriented birds then crashed to the ground, dying from blunt force trauma.

The Doppler radar image used by Johnson to explain the bird deaths. We have added the blue-green arrow to illustrate the trajectory of a meteor reaching that altitude before exploding in the lower atmosphere.

Temperature reversal? At 1,500 feet? But previously Johnson stated that the ‘turbulence’ occurred between 7,000 and 12,000 feet. He even produced a graph of the Doppler radar images that shows this. While temperature inversion does occur and can amplify sound, when birds are startled by noise they don’t generally fly into each other and buildings in large numbers. What’s most likely, is that the bird deaths of January 2011 (and later) were caused by an overhead meteorite or comet fragment (MoCF) explosion, with either the actual shock wave killing the birds (through blunt force trauma) or associated electrical effects ‘frying’ their ‘circuits’. This electrical effect can also explain the massive fish die-offs around the same time. Consider this report, just in today, about two children being mysteriously electrocuted to death as they swam in a lake in Missouri on 4th July. The thousands of dead fish found upstream from Beebe on New Year’s Eve 2010 could well have had their circuits fried because of significant electrical discharge that accompanied the overhead MoCF airburst. Now check out this Tunguska blast simulation by Sandia lab. An incoming bolide exploding overhead would knock the wind out of anything within a radius relative to the extent of its blast. It would probably knock airplanes out of the sky too – more on that below.

Why do we say that the MoCF explanation is the ‘most likely’? Mainly because of the truly massive increase in MoCF sightings and overhead detonations (‘booms’) over the past number of years. Hardly a week has gone by in the past few years without a reported fireball sighting or unexplained booms rocking houses around the world. In the months prior to and after the bird and fish deaths in January 2011, many such events were reported. Check out Sott.net’s fireballs and meteorites blog for further evidence.

So 2011 got off to a very disturbing start, and the rest of the year certainly offered the entire world a chance to sit up and take further notice. But did anyone take it?

There was the “worst storm ever” cyclone Yasi that pummeled Western Australia, there was the massive New Zealand earthquake, the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the resulting nuclear reactor disaster (that is ongoing) and the massive eruption of the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex in Chile.

Beebe Radar comments

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Doppler radar over showing the huge blip over Beebe, Arkansas from another angle.

There was weird weather all over the place, starting with major freezes and snow storms in the US, UK and Asia and later in the year unprecedented flooding in the US, the UK and China. Earthquakes happen quite often, as do cyclones and volcanic eruptions, but when was the last time that our planet experienced such a confluence of extreme events in a single year? More to the point, what does it all portend? Speaking of earthquakes, did you know that there were 106 5.0+ earthquakes detected worldwide between 1980-1999 and there were 429 5.0+ earthquakes detected world-wide between 2000-2011?

As you might (or should) have noticed, the fun didn’t end on December 31st 2011. Bizarrely, on the exact same date as the previous year, another boatload of birds fell dead in Beebe, Arkansas in 2012, and another radar image showed a “large mass over Beebe” just before the birds fell. Lightning can strike the same place twice, and so, apparently, can overhead MoCF explosions.

In the first six months of 2012, we’ve had more freezing weather across the northern hemisphere, with snow as far south as the Sahara desert in February. Summer arrived early in late March in Europe and the Eastern US (for a couple of weeks) and then promptly reverted back to winter with serious implications for this year’s crops. This was followed by major flooding in the UK with virtually unprecedented tornadoes and ‘super-cell’ storms. Standard meteorology blames this chaotic weather on the strange motion of the polar Jet stream, which has been repeatedly pushing south and bringing cold fronts to lower latitudes than normal, but standard meteorology either does not know, or refuses to admit, why the polar Jet Stream is behaving strangely.

In large part, earth’s climate is governed by solar (and other cosmic) radiation. This radiation reaches us as charged particles from sunspots, solar flares, filaments, coronal holes, etc. These particles have a direct effect on earth’s magnetic field which, in turn, affects the currents of our oceans and Jet Streams, which in turn can cause extreme weather and influence human behavior. While we can observe solar eruptions, etc. much of this radiation is hidden from us and we are left to infer the presence of, or an increase in, such radiation from the effects it has on our planet. Given the chaos that has been reigning on earth for the past few years, we can infer that we are indeed being bombarded with high levels of solar and cosmic radiation. Suffice to say that our planet’s climate appears to be gearing up for a radical change, most likely in the form of a new ice age. As recently discovered, the last ice age imposed itself on the Northern hemisphere within the space of a few months.

To get an idea of just how chaotic life has become on planet earth, consider this list of events from just the past two months of 2012.

In June, the US was subjected to both record high temperatures AND record LOW temperatures. The US East coast was battered in late June by sudden and violent storms that left millions without power for a week or more, while simultaneously, further west in Colorado, major wildfires “broke out”. Throughout it all, sightings of MoCFs and recordings of overhead ‘booms’ have continued on an almost daily basis. (See this link for the truly shocking number of fireballs and meteorite sightings in April, May and June 2012 alone).

Tsunami in Japan, March 2011. Two major devastating tsunamis within seven years is clearly pointing to something extraordinary happening.

For example, on June 20th a daylight fireball dazzled Colorado residents as firefighters battled the Springer fire near Lake George in the Pike National Forest in Colorado, one of many out of control, ‘apocalyptic‘ and ‘epic‘ forest fires that have torched suburban neighbourhoods in Colorado Springs. Hundreds of homes have burned to the ground and tens of thousands have been forced to evacuate.

This was one of those “supposedly rare daytime fireballs” (in fact, it was the fourth – that we know of – seen in the US this year), which startled the hell out of firefighters across the state when it careened out of the smoky sky and all aircraft were temporarily grounded. Firefighting aircraft were again grounded on 1st July when a C-130 crashed fighting fires in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The US Air Force immediately ordered all seven of its remaining air tankers to land. There was no suggestion of ‘foul play’ from MoCFs on this occasion, but just as we were wondering whether or not immediately grounding planes in the event of MoCF sightings has become a matter of policy, we came across the following exercise in damage control. The “final technical report” into why Air France flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic in May 2009 was released today (5th July). The timing of the release of this report, the careful management of news related to this event, the constant obfuscation of the real causes of the crash and the delayed investigations that have taken three years just to tell us it was caused by a combination of “human error” and “technical problems”, add serious weight to the conclusion Joe Quinn drew from his analysis in the aftermath of the crash: that Flight 447 was probably destroyed by an MoCF.

© Don Davis
An illustration showing the likely appearance and blast effects of the Tunguska cometary fragment that exploded over Siberia on 30 June 1908. Note that the bolide itself did not need to impact the ground to cause widespread devastation to the environment.

Of the June 20th daytime sighting, Chaffee County sheriff W. Peter Palmer received several reports that an MoCF actually hit the ground. Chaffee County Fire Protection District Chief Jim Wingert expressed concern that a piece of the MoCF could start a wildfire. Meteors were seen all over the Midwest, with some reports coming several hours apart, so the earlier reports that the Midwest was hit with a barrage of fireballs seem more accurate than the later ‘confirmation’ that a single MoCF had shown up. Two commercial aircraft crews reported an incoming MoCF from their vantage point above Kansas, while the Denver Post reported “balls of fire or something in the air”.

A large boom was also reported over Colorado recently so another possibility is that a single larger body exploded, showering multiple bolides across a wide area. This Associated Press report comes straight out and states that the MoCF(s) actually started one of the blazes in Colorado. At this point, it seems plausible that all or most of these wildfires were sparked by fireballs raining down from above. Perhaps birds and fish are not the only creatures in the firing line and humans are not so special after all.

If these fires were ignited by ‘heavenly fire’ the fact that journalists (including this one in Nevada who was actually arrested on-site) have been barred from the devastated zones becomes more understandable. Compounding our suspicion that the US government is racing to put out more than just forest fires is this impeccably timed dispatch from the official ‘al Qaeda magazine’ Inspire, in which the CIA’s favourite ‘terrorists’ called for jihadists of the world to “torch forests as part of the Islamic war against the West.” Right on cue, the Department of Homeland Security issued a ‘newly released report‘ claiming that for more than a decade “international terrorist groups and associated individuals have expressed interest in using fire as a tactic against the Homeland to cause economic loss, fear, resource depletion, and humanitarian hardship.” Pretty coincidental, eh? Those ‘al-qaeda’ terrorists really are very useful.

Meanwhile COINTELPRO has been set to work helping the US government deceive the alt.net community with the usual garbage about super-secret (sic) scalar weapons, plasma weapons and HAARP being tested on unwitting Coloradans.

Looking at what was in store for humanity in 2012, Laura Knight-Jadczyk wrote the following in an article published by Sott.net on New Year’s Eve 2011: “There is also the possibility of overhead cometary explosions being blamed on terrorism.” So here we are, at the halfway mark of 2012, hearing reports that a bolide (or multiple ones) were responsible for the Colorado fires, followed by ‘al Qaeda’ and the Department of Homeland Security playing their respective roles to ‘warn’ the sheeple that terrorists are planning large-scale wildfires attacks near densely populated areas across the US.

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The extent of fires across the US Midwest, 3 July 2012

With fires currently raging from Montana to the Mexican border, fireballs are probably not responsible for igniting all of them. But the tinderbox conditions on the ground are eerily reminiscent of the descriptions of suffocating heat, “spontaneous fires” and “electrical phenomena” during the Chicago Fire (which actually consumed swathes of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois) in 1871, when debris from the tail-end of a comet combined with drought conditions to produce devastating fires in which buildings “burst into flames from the interior“.

Tornado and Lightning

© Unknown

It’s not coincidental that these sudden and extreme heatwaves accompanied by unusually intense electrical storms – in which the sky itself appears aflame – are punctuated with multiple fireball sightings. There doesn’t need to be a comet passing close by at this point in time. ‘Shooting stars’ aka ‘meteor showers’ are Earth’s periodic encounters with dust and debris left behind by comets (or long since disintegrated comets) whose orbits intersect our flight path. With so many unexpected and rare fireballs being seen in the skies, it’s safe to assume that we are passing through a lot more cometary debris than ‘normal’ and that it sure is getting awfully busy in our skies. The mainstream media has basically ignored the warning signs for the past decade, but with fireballs now pelting the planet at an alarming rate, they are having to engage the issue.

One of the themes of the Cassiopaean information, brought up during research that extends back to the 1990s, is planetary destruction via a Comet Cluster that cycles through the solar system every 3,600 years as a consequence of the orbit of our Sun’s solar Companion, a smaller, dark Twin Sun, which has set a current running through our solar system and is now producing the noticeable effects – the same pehomena which the geological record shows always precede the advent of an Ice Age. The theory of a solar companion is in fact very mainstream and plausible. Although teams of scientists are trying to locate the Sun’s companion, such research has become heavily classified since the US military announced a blackout on scientists’ access to satellite data on incoming space rocks, so we don’t expect to see headlines announcing its discovery anytime soon.

The Powers That Be will do whatever it takes to prevent the people from realising that there is absolutely nothing big government or their international money masters can do about the cosmic wheels that are now in motion and that present a clearly existential threat to ALL life on earth. In ancient times the instinctive need for ‘Authoritarian Followers‘ to put their trust and faith in an authority was connected to religion – the leaders were authorized by the gods and were society’s representative to the gods. When things got bad, societies regularly got rid of the leaders that they saw as NOT being approved by the gods. That is, in any society, the leaders fill a ritual role and when the people perceive that the ritual is not the right one, out goes the leader. That’s why ‘terrorists’ and the threat of war and conflict are so useful to governments today. The established authorities can keep the people dependent on them for protection against a phony threat that they themselves have created. But cosmic bombardment and a sixth extinction from ‘on high’? There’s nothing they can do about that, and if the people finally realise that, they’ll drop their dependency on, and allegiance to, authority in a heart-beat.

In a report commissioned by the US Air Force, British astronomer Victor Clube, author of The Cosmic Serpent and The Cosmic Winter, succinctly summarised the fundamental tenet of geopolitics:

“We do not need the celestial threat to disguise Cold War intentions; rather we need the Cold War to disguise celestial intentions!”

No, Clube wasn’t referring to aliens or spacecraft; the ‘celestial threat’ he was referring to appears in Earth’s skies during times of turmoil and social upheaval that are linked to a serious imbalance in human evolution. They also induce all kinds of weird environmental effects, the least of which are those strange sky sounds and other electromagnetic phenomena that are also picking up in frequency and intensity. Flooding the Internet with disinformation about chemtrails has convinced some that governments can master Nature’s most powerful forces. For everyone else, there’s always the ‘terrorist’ bogeyman and man-made global warming to remind them why they need Big Brother.

Watching it burn: Distraught residents stand helplessly as high winds push the Waldo Canyon Fire into the Garden of the Gods and Mountain Shadows neighborhoods in Colorado Springs

But the true purpose of the phony War on Terror is exposed by the recent bare naked attempt to cover up the real threat from space with the fake threat from al Qaeda. The fascist take-over of the planet this year, foreseen by Laura Knight-Jadczyk who exposedthe real meaning of ‘the world will end in 2012′, is proving remarkably prescient:

Comet Biela and Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow

Laura Knight-Jadczyk
Sott.net
Sunday, 3 February 2008

If short-period bombardment of our planet by comets or comet dust is a reality (as it increasingly appears to be); and the effects of such an event are deleterious in the extreme; and if we are in fact overdue for a repeat performance of such a visitation (which also appears to be the case); what effect might public awareness of this have on the status quo on the planet at present? Would the bogus “war on terror” not become instantly obsolete and would people across the planet not immediately demand that their political leaders reassess priorities and take whatever action possible to mitigate the threat? And if those political leaders refused to do so and it became known that that this grave threat to the lives of billions was long-standing and common knowledge among the political elite (with all that that implies), what then? Revolution? One last hurrah before the 6th extinction?

Who knows. We only know that this knowledge, in its fullest explication, is being suppressed and marginalized.

The fact of the matter is that our planet and everything on it comprises an intelligent and living system that has designed into it a mechanism through which any imbalance in any aspect of the system can be dealt with. Consider the way in which animal populations are naturally kept in check via predators or disease. This mechanism is designed to protect the overall system and prevent any one aspect from compromising the evolutionary goals of the system itself. Humans have evolved to the point where they have no natural predators, and while disease still kills many human beings each year, modern medicine has succeeded (so far) in preventing a pandemic from wiping out the human race. But it would be foolhardy for anyone to think that the ‘living system’ has overlooked human beings when it comes to redressing any imbalance caused by human beings that threatens the aim of the overall living system. We trust that what we have written here provides ample evidence that it has not.

We also hope that it is fairly clear that human beings, as a species on planet earth, have reached a point of serious imbalance, both in terms of their effect on the planet and on other living beings on it, and in terms of humanity’s own proper evolution which can be defined as evolution in knowledge and consciousness. Clearly, humanity today has stalled in its evolution. Indeed it appears to be back-sliding at an alarming rate, due primarily to the influence of the deviant ideology spread by psychopaths in positions of power around the world. We need only consider the fact that billions of people today have bought into and support the lie that is the psychopathic ‘war on terror’, which has as its goal the murder and domination of as many innocent people as possible. What does that fact alone (among many other deceptions that people have bought in to) say about the level of knowledge and awareness of the human race as a whole?

Happy belated Independence Day to our American readers, we hope everyone enjoyed the fireworks, whatever their provenance.

Meteor may have started Lake George blaze in Colorado


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Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:44 CDT
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Aftermath of the Lake George fire in Colorado

Bellvue, Colorado – More people evacuated by the most destructive fire in Colorado history are set to return home today.

It’s the second wave of evacuees allowed back in two days as firefighters ramp up their attack on the wildfire that’s burned over 100 square miles and destroyed at least 189 homes.

Fire managers say the blaze is 55 percent contained.

Meanwhile, firefighters are making progress against another blaze in central Colorado, which may have been caused by a meteor. The 2-square-mile wildfire near Lake George is 39 percent contained.

The county sheriff says his office received multiple reports, including one from a person who thought a meteorite might have landed in a wooded area north of Buena Vista. He says officials could not confirm that report.

The National Weather Service says the Colorado sightings correspond with a report of a possible meteor filed by the crews of two commercial aircraft over Kansas and another over New Mexico, near the Colorado State line.

Source: Associated Press

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/247688-Meteor-may-have-started-Lake-George-blaze-in-Colorado

Meteor plunges into ocean lighting up Perth sky


Fire in the sky!! Love it… appears to be a  sign the Divine Feminine has risen, that Venus finally completed her reunion with the Sun God Ra and have embedded themselves into the  the heart of humanity.

Nothing like a little photon light to bring the love alive again, looks like they made one big Divine splash! BAM!! Wake up children, We’re back!!

Love it, life really starts to get interesting as you learn to read the signs along the way

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Adonai

July 1, 2012Posted in: Featured stories, Meteors and asteroids

Well, not so likely. Perth beachgoers at Cottesloe sighted fiery streak in the sky at sunset as a suspected meteor plunged into the ocean off the WA coast according to PerthNow. Gavin Trought, one of the readers,  snapped the ‘fire in the sky’ as it appeared over Cottesloe just before sunset on Friday June 28. Perth journalist Pip Moir also posted the photo she took at Cottesloe Beach to Twitter as puzzled onlookers debated what caused...
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Well, not so likely. Perth beachgoers at Cottesloe sighted fiery streak in the sky at sunset as a suspected meteor plunged into the ocean off the WA coast according to PerthNow. Gavin Trought, one of the readers,  snapped the ‘fire in the sky’ as it appeared over Cottesloe just before sunset on Friday June 28.

Perth journalist Pip Moir also posted the photo she took at Cottesloe Beach to Twitter as puzzled onlookers debated what caused the colourful phenomena. Some suggested meteor or fireball plunged into the ocean, some said it was aliens landing.

AMAZING VIEWS: This picture was posted to Twitter by Pip Moir. She wrote ” Very bizarre. View from cott. Looks like fire. What is that?!?” Source: PerthNow

Daniel Jongue, manager at The Naked Fig Cafe, said he noticed “something on the horizon” just before sunset. He said the fiery trail took about 20 minutes to dissipate.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology said the weather bureau’s radar would not pick up a fast-moving object like a meteor. And there wasn’t any reports of meteor or fireballs at that time in that place.

As for now the most logical explanation is that this is vapour cloud, probably, from a plane. And sunset lighted up making it interesting visual phenomena. One of withesses named Troy said  it was a plane’s vapour trail and was ordinary about 20 minutes before that photo was taken. His statement was backed up by many others that were at Cott Beach at the time.

http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2012/07/01/meteor-plunges-into-ocean-lighting-up-perth-sky/

400-Metre Asteroid Flyby Due In Early November


By Mark Dunphy – Sat Oct 01, 11:00 am

A 1300-foot-wide  (400 metres) asteroid, which is more than one and a half times the length of a soccer pitch, will pass within 0.85 lunar distances of the Earth on November 8/9, 2011.

Discovered on December 28, 2005 by Robert McMillan of the Spacewatch Program near Tucson, Arizona, 2005 YU55 is believed to be a very dark, nearly spherical object.

According to NASA’s Near Earth Object Program: “Although classified as a potentially hazardous object, 2005 YU55 poses no threat of an Earth collision over at least the next 100 years. However, this will be the closest approach to date by an object this large that we know about in advance and an event of this type will not happen again until 2028 when asteroid (153814) 2001 WN5 will pass to within 0.6 lunar distances.”

Trajectory of Asteroid 2005 YU55 - November 8-9, 2011. Credit NASA

Trajectory of Asteroid 2005 YU55 – November 8-9, 2011. Credit NASA

While neither the European Space Agency (ESA) nor NASA has suggested that YU55 poses a threat to Earth, plans to develop a mission to counteract a potential asteroid collision in the future are already underway.

The ESA is planning to fire an ‘impactor’ satellite into a ‘test’ asteroid in 2015 to see if the object’s trajectory can be altered.  The Agency is conducting the test mission in light of the minimal threat posed by the 700-1100-foot-wide 99942 Apophis asteroid, which has a one in 250,000 chance of impacting Earth in 2036.

Other Recent Asteroid Encounters

In late June 2011, earth experienced one of its closest encounters with an asteroid in recent years. But as NASA indicated in the days ahead of the ‘cosmic close call’, the encounter was so close that Earth’s gravity sharply altered the asteroid’s trajectory and prevented the space rock from impacting the planet.

2011MD, a newly discovered asteroid passed within 12,000 kilometres (7,500 miles) of Earth. The asteroid was only sighted for the first time on 22 June by a robotic telescope in New Mexico, USA. The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center in Massachusetts, USA, put out an alert Thursday.

It was daylight in the UK and Ireland (12.30 GMT) when the asteroid passed over the southern Atlantic Ocean, near the coast of Antarctica. The event was observable from South Africa and parts of Antarctica. It also was visible in the hours leading up to the closest approach across Australia, New Zealand, southern and eastern Asia, and the western Pacific.

Some media outlets proclaimed the asteroid to be as big as New York’s Empire State Building’. In fact, 2011 MD measured about 16 feet to 35 feet.

According to Minor Planet Center’s ranking charts 2011 MD’s trip was the fifth-closest recorded Asteroid event. The last asteroid to impact earth was ‘2008 TC3’ which was detected on 7 October 2008, just 19 hours before it burned up in the atmosphere over northern Sudan.

On 2 June, a 10-metre wide asteroid passed between the earth and moon.

Asteroid 2009 BD, which was first observed on 16 January 2009 passed approximately within 0.9 lunar distances (the distance between Earth and the Moon) of earth. Astronomers believe the rock is a rare “co-orbital asteroid” which follows the orbit of the Earth, not receding more than 0.1 AU (15 million km) away.

Two asteroids, several meters in diameter and in unrelated orbits, passed within the moon’s distance of Earth on September 8 2010. In April 2010 an asteroid roughly as long as a tennis court zoomed past Earth at about the distance of the moon. The space rock to pass at or within lunar distance previous to this was 2009 JL2, an asteroid about 17 to 37 metres across, in May 2009.

There is a roughly 50 percent chance of a 30-metre-wide plus asteroid striking Earth each century, according to Clark Chapman, a space scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

NASA ASTEROID RESEARCH

Earlier this week, NASA announced it has discovered more than 90 percent of the largest near-Earth asteroids, meeting a goal agreed to with the United States Congress in 1998. The Agency also believes that all near-Earth asteroids approximately 6 miles (10 kilometres) across, as big as the one thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs, have been found.

New observations by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, indicate have allowed astronomers now estimate there are roughly 19,500 — not 35,000 — mid-size near-Earth asteroids. Scientists say this improved understanding of the population may indicate the hazard to Earth could be somewhat less than previously thought.

However, the majority of these mid-size asteroids remain to be discovered. More research also is needed to determine if fewer mid-size objects (between 330 and 3,300-feet wide) also mean fewer potentially hazardous asteroids, those that come closest to Earth.

The results come from the most accurate census to date of near-Earth asteroids, the space rocks that orbit within 120 million miles (195 million kilometres) of the sun into Earth’s orbital vicinity.

WISE scanned the entire celestial sky twice in infrared light between January 2010 and February 2011, continuously snapping pictures of everything from distant galaxies to near-Earth asteroids and comets. NEOWISE observed more than 100 thousand asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, in addition to at least 585 near Earth.

NEOWISE observations indicate that there are at least 40 percent fewer near-Earth asteroids in total that are larger than 330 feet, or 100 meters. Our solar system's four inner planets are shown in green, and our sun is in the center. Each red dot represents one asteroid. Object sizes are not to scale. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NEOWISE observations indicate that there are at least 40 percent fewer near-Earth asteroids in total that are larger than 330 feet, or 100 meters. Our solar system’s four inner planets are shown in green, and our sun is in the center. Each red dot represents one asteroid. Object sizes are not to scale. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
This chart illustrates why infrared-sensing telescopes are more suited to finding small, dark asteroids than telescopes that detect visible light. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This chart illustrates why infrared-sensing telescopes are more suited to finding small, dark asteroids than telescopes that detect visible light. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Though the WISE data reveal only a small decline in the estimated numbers for the largest near-Earth asteroids, which are 3,300 feet (1 kilometre) and larger, they show 93 percent of the estimated population have been found. These large asteroids are about the size of a small mountain and would have global consequences if they were to strike Earth. The new data revise their total numbers from about 1,000 down to 981, of which 911 already have been found. None of them represents a threat to Earth in the next few centuries.

“The risk of a really large asteroid impacting the Earth before we could find and warn of it has been substantially reduced,” said Tim Spahr, the director of the Minor Planet Center at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass.

The situation is different for the mid-size asteroids, which could destroy a metropolitan area if they were to impact in the wrong place. The NEOWISE results find a larger decline in the estimated population for these bodies than what was observed for the largest asteroids. So far, the Spaceguard effort has found and is tracking more than 5,200 near-Earth asteroids 330 feet or larger, leaving more than an estimated 15,000 still to discover. In addition, scientists estimate there are more than a million unknown smaller near-Earth asteroids that could cause damage if they were to impact Earth.

This chart shows how data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has led to revisions in the estimated population of near-Earth asteroids. The infrared-sensing telescope performed the most accurate survey to date of a slice of this population as part of project called NEOWISE. This allowed the science team to make new estimates of the total numbers of the objects in different size categories. NEOWISE observed more than 500 objects larger than 100-meters (330-feet) wide — what can be thought of as medium to large-size asteroids. Near-Earth asteroids smaller than this size range were not studied, and near-Earth comets will be analyzed at a later time. Asteroid sizes are not drawn to scale in the chart.

Read more Here:

http://www.irishweatheronline.com/news/space/asteroids/400-metre-asteroid-flyby-due-in-early-november/32083.html

Link to Trajectory of Asteroid 2005 YU55 – November 8-9, 2011. Credit NASA here:

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