3:10:00 PM

Meteor News...Iowa Meteor Fireball Observed DEC30,2010...

The Northeast and Midwest US continue to experience elevated fireball activity. Here is the latest fireball report from a reader of ELPALLSKY... this time from Iowa:

Posted Dec 31 2010, 2:32 PM
Guest566 (guest): I live in Des Moines, IA. and around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 I happened to be looking out the window of our house and saw a huge fireball going across the sky from east to west. It had a firey tail and I could watch it for several seconds before it went below the tree line. I have been trying to find out if anyone else saw it and what it was.

Email From Anonymous:
I saw the Fireball out my window about 6:30 pm dec 30th, I live in Marshalltown Iowa 


Jan 3 2011, 12:23 PM Guest659 (guest): 
I live in Des Moines Ia and on 01/01/11 at about 7:30pm CST, I saw a meteor going from South to North, it was amazing!! I so wished I could have recorded it. It looked so close and seemed to last a good 7-10 seconds. I have been looking to see if anyone else in Des Moines saw it also. It was a bright orange color and then went white. I thought for sure I heard it hit the ground with a loud thud.

Anonymous Email's...
live in Omaha Nebraska, was traveling eastbound on I-80 just on the western edge of DesMoines about 6:30 pm on Dec. 30, 2011, and saw the same fireball, traveling aprox SW to NE very bright and very distinct fiery tail, it almost brought traffic on the interstate to a stop. Never seen anything like it but i did see 2 other falling stars within 10 minutes of seeing this one.

If you saw this meteor fireball, please post in the chat window or in "comments" below. Thank you!

12:24:00 AM

Possible Tioga PA Daylight Meteor ~2:00pm EST DEC30, 2010...

Just recieved this report from an ELPALLSKY reader:
Dec 30 2010, Posted at 9:14 PM
Guest900 (guest): Driving south on US Route 15 today at about 2:00pm EST my family and I saw a very bright flash as if something hit the ground next to the road. Then an explosion occurred that was felt inside the car as we were driving. Large 50 ft plus plume of smoke. We did not think to stop, but this was unusual. Not a firecracker. We were 1 - 1.5 miles north of scenic overlook at Tioga, PA, driving south on US route 15. 12/30/2010. Approx. 2:00pm EST. West side of the road. Anything reported in this area?

If you witnessed this event please post in my chat window. Thank You!

12:31:00 AM

Multiple Reports Coming In To ELPALLSKY Of More Bright Northeast US Fireballs Seen DEC29,2010...

On the heels of a large fireball seen Dec. 28th at ~6:45pm EST over several NE USA coastline states, a pair of bright fireballs and a possible third has apparently occured in the same region...and just one night later. The following are posts to ELPALLSKY Dec. 29th, 2010.

Late Post to ELPALLSKY...Dec 30 2010, 10:08 PM
Guest232 (guest): I'm glad to know I wasn't seeing things! I too saw the 12/29 fireball around 8:40-8:45pm - looking west. I am in eastern PA, near Allentown. I was driving home through town, stopped at a stop sign, and when I looked to my left (west) to check for oncoming traffic, I saw the bright yellow-white fireball with a very short blue-green tail fall, as if headed straight down to the horizon. I only caught a second of it before my view was obstructed by buildings - but, wow! What a glorious second it was!
From E-mail:
My daughter and I just saw a large meteor travel 160degrees from Orion terminating 20 degrees above horizon at Cygnus. Time was 18:30  location 39deg56'N, 76deg58'W, elev 429ft.
Patman, Adams County PA

Dec 29 2010, 7:51 PM
Guest215 (guest): I saw something over George Mason University at around 8 PM December 29th last about 2 seconds. It was bright blue/green came from the North went in a westernly direction.

Guest526 (guest):Driving north tonight,saw a bright white meteor that then appeared larger and fiery and green before disappearing. Lasted about five seconds. I'm in central Virginia, and this happened at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 29.

Dec 29 2010, 7:36 PM
Guest652 (guest): I live on the eastern shore of Maryland. As I stepped outside to let my dogs out I saw a bright white light in the North/West sky and it appeared to shoot straight down to the horizon.

Dec 29 2010, 8:41 PM
Guest701 (guest): Thank God theres others who seen this! My wife-mom and kids just laughed and said: what have you been doing! I had just got home and was standing out side my home talkingon cell,when the monster of light,sparks and orangish tail bulldozed thru the sky!about the hight of a jet plane!unfrigon believable!had to be there! Wondering was I a chosen one? Gave me chills!!WOW!! Joe D. from Franklinville,NJ 

Dec 29 2010, 8:52 PM
Guest885 (guest): Posted this on another site too, but everyone here seems to think I'm crazy! No one else seems to have seen this thing! Driving north tonight, saw a bright white meteor that then appeared larger and fiery and green before disappearing. Lasted about five seconds. I'm in central Virginia, and this happened at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 29.

Dec 29 2010, 10:01 PM
Guest825 (guest): No, you're not crazy! I saw this tonight in southeastern PA around the same time, 8:30-ish PM. I happened to glance up to the NNW, and saw a bright white ball with a short tail dropping out of the sky. Lasted 4 or 5 seconds before I lost sight of it behind a hill.

5:39:00 PM

Email Posts To ELPALLSKY Describing Large East Coast Fireball DEC28, 2010...

Here are some selected e-mails I recieved regarding the Dec. 28 East Coast Fireball Event...

From Anonymous:
I live in Gilbertsville Pa. I saw two white flashes of light that lit up the sky. Then a huge entrail that lasted about 2 seconds. After about a minute I heard 3 loud booms like something impacted the earth.

From Anonymous:
We live near Winchersr Va. My wife saw this from our car through the windshield. We were traveling NE and my wife witnessed a bright light followed by an apparent explosion, resulting in mutliple bright objects moving horizontaly in an apparent NW direction. I am posting our approximate coordintes at sighting below if you are attempting a more detailed location and/or path by triangulation. I would approximate altitude of about 30 above horizon.
39 52 N
78 08 W
 
From Natacha (Canada):
Hi! My name is Natacha. I'm from Montréal (Canada). I saw the meteorite in the sky yesterday when i rolled in my car on Jean-Talon street. The apparition during about 5 secondes. It was very, very weird...Immediatly I called my boyfriend.
Excuse me for my english, I speak french :)
ELPALLSKY Response...NATACHA: Il n'y a pas de quoi


From Anonymous:
I was driving west on rt 90 in Upton MA (south of Northborough) when I saw what looked like the bright white object falling from the sky with a long bright tail. After several seconds, the object turned from bright white to neon green. I had never seen such a thing. It looked like it was relatively close and was falling down toward the ground. It disappeared into the tree line. I thought for sure it had fallen in Worcester county somewhere, although for all I know it broke up over Canada somewhere. :)

From Rita Casady:
I was on R.I. Rte 95 heading SW about 6:45 p.m. in Coventry when I saw the "thing" breach the sky like a bright white light, from my left, falling to my right. I smiled thinking OOH, a falling star..as I started to make a wish, it actually turned green, surrounded by a coppery color and a little tail of color. It is the coolest thing I ever saw in the sky.


From Anonymous:
We saw a large flash of light over a range of hills while driving East on the I-76 in PA, just past Lancaster. We didn't know what it was! The time posted above is right when we saw the flash, but the hills obstructed our view of the source of the light. It appeared to be East/NorthEast.

From Anonymous:
While driving West on Rte. 9 in Hadley, MA. at approximately 6:50 P.M. I saw a large white fireball/meteor with a long tail suddenly appear in the sky coming in at a downward angle for a landing. It was in view for only a few seconds, but boy what a sight! It looked big and I thought it would have landed somewhere close by. WOW! 

From Anonymous:
We saw it! I live in Queens, NYC. I was searching for anyone else that saw it...that's how I came across this site!

From Karen:
My fiance and I traveling on 287 S. in NJ near Boonton Exit . Saw the metoer for a few seconds. Bluish green in color Brilliant bright long tail. Heading Northwesterly. Absolutely beautiful

From Brian Simmons Greencastle, PA:
I was driving east on US 40 west of Hagerstown, MD and saw a greenish white light in the ENE sky--light(s) like that of an aircraft, with the expectation that it was going to land at HGR (the local airport). It then exploded mid-air in fragments with the light quickly fading (unlike a firework). Looked like a cheaply done explosion in an old Sci-Fi movie.
My nephew's sister over on Maryland's Eastern Shore (Denton) also said she saw it when I posted to my Facebook last night.

From Anonymous:
I saw it in southern Midlothian/Chesterfield County, VA (US 360 & Swift Creek Reservoir) at 6:45/6 pm. It was very bright, greenish with a yellow train and had fragments come off it during the five seconds I could see it. I was looking ENE and the meteor appeared to be tracking from SE to NW just above the tree line. Very nice show and one of three I've seen in my area. I Facebooked all of the news stations here, but have gotten no reaction nor heard it reported. It'll get mentioned if they have video, I suppose.


From Anonymous:
was driving southbound on I-81 just north of Scranton, PA. I had been skiing that day on Elk Mountain. I looked up when I saw what I thought at first was a shooting star, but quickly realized that it was far from that. The ball of fire was amazing with a jet stream of purple, orange and white flame. I couldn't believe what I saw. My friend in the passenger seat thought it might have been a plane crashing because the fire was so intense. It seemed to be so close and certainly looked as if it was going to crash just over the next hill. It disappeared behind the hill and tree line but not before it flew in front of the car for almost 10 seconds.


We are still in need of video. Please post here if you have, know of, or have seen local TV video of this event. Thanx...ELPALLSKY

3:18:00 PM

Meteor News...Houston Texas Fireball DEC28, 2010...

A report has come in to ELPALLSKY of a fireball over Houston Texas Dec. 28th, 2010...the same night as the Large East Coast Fireball reported on below. Am trying to get a time for this Texas event and will post info as it is acquired. If you saw this event please post in chat or email me at wxtx01@gmail.com Thank you.

Diane of Houston TX Email's:
I saw a meteor last and it was amazing. wish I could have gotten video, it was an awesome sight.I had never seen one and now that I have I would love to see a shower of them. It was real bright and beautiful with a tail chasing behind it, so awessome. I saw it in Houston, Texas on december 28, 2010.

Diane...Please post a time and direction of travel for your sighting in Houston. Thank you !

1:44:00 PM

East Coast Meteor Bolide Eyewitness Reports DEC28, 2010

The following are witness accounts from readers of ELPALLSKY, For more reports click on "comments" below... Note: Report Times/Dates Are UTC

Dec 29 2010, 12:33 PM
Guest490 (guest): I was shoveling snow when I saw the meteor come down in my back yard in Greenwood lake NY. the time was around 6:30pm give or take
Dec 29 2010, 2:22 PM
Guest261 (guest): I live in centereach,long island,ny. I was coming out of my house at about 6:40pm when I saw a giant fireball going across the sky. It was the most amazing thing I ever saw
Dec 29 2010, 2:49 PM
Guest55 (guest): I reside in Edison NJ and witnessed this spectacular event as I was returning from errands. As I backed my truck in my driveway I witnessed a large blue long triangular streak that lasted 1-2 seconds. This was seen thru cloud cover and was ultra bright like a flash of electricity. I immediately knew it was a meteor

Dec 29 2010, 2:59 PM
Guest427 (guest): I was headed driving in Falmouth, Massachusetts. It was a few minutes before 7pm. It was bright, looked liek a tadpole, really big and an amazing Lime green color. It just seemed to come down from the sky.

Dec 29 2010, 2:52 PM
Guest166 (guest): I was at a gas station in Norwalk. Ct T bout 6:50pm looking east when I saw what looked like a comet streak across the sky from the north. I thought it might be a spent satellite. It had a bright tail and sparks and looked like it was over Long Island Sound. It looked like something burning on reentry. Bigger than fireworks, no sound , fantastic image. Now I walk around with a helmet! Ted
Dec 29 2010, 3:21 PM
Guest634 (guest): Standing outside smoking a ciggy, I thought a warhead was coming at me! BRIGHT white ball popped out of nowhere then moved slowly across the sky leaving a trail of sparks. It was AMAZING!

Dec 29 2010, 4:36 PM
Guest957 (guest): Traveling SW on Rhode Island 95, saw falling star,about 6:48 p.m. stopped wishing when it turned huge, green and surrounded by copper w/ little copper tail. Traveled South to North, I think
Dec 29 2010, 4:54 PM
Guest616 (guest): I was driving on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays New York last night at 6:45 p.m. when I saw this meteor, green in color with several smaller lights trainling behind. I saw it over the southern shore of Long Island's East End.
Dec 29 2010, 7:38 PM
Guest590 (guest): I was driving West on Rte. 9 in Hadley, MA approximately 6:50 P.M. last night (Dec. 28, 2010) when a bright white meteor with a long tail appeared in the sky. It looked big and was traveling fast from left to right, but always on my left-hand side, headed maybe more West and North. It was midway to low in the sky and seemed like it would land not too far away. I only saw it for a few seconds but WOW. My immediate thoughts were: Oh, I’ve just seen a shooting star (but really close)! Maybe a meteor!
Dec 29 2010, 7:54 PM
Guest81 (guest): Last night while I was waiting for my daughter outside at around 7pm I saw a fireball come down from the sky. It was the most amizing thing I've ever seen. North Arlington, NJ
Dec 29 2010, 8:32 PM
Guest704 (guest): I was driving east on Rt. 50 in MD going over the Severn River Bridge. I saw a white light appear high in the sky and got very bright, then it went counterclockwise across the sky and went about 10 degrees with a sparking tail. It was really amazing!

Dec 29 2010, 5:19 PM
Guest135 (guest): Guest 135: My wife and I were traveling westerly on Sound Ave in Wading River,NY, at 6:50 we saw a rather large green glow streak down from the evening sky last night, 12.28.10 directly front view. A white center covered in green. It moved like a shooting star, the closest falling sky object(?) we'd ever seen. Stunning color.


G. Lauren Reports:
I saw this in New York. Travelling up the Hudson River on a Metro North Train at or around 6:46pm. It came out of the sky with a very large blue streak. The blue was like an LED color, more like LCD or plasma! It was over the Hudson River and then it just ~poofed" disappated and disappaered. Ive never seen anything like it! Sorry for the spelling im just incredibly excited that a lot of people saw this. I posted something to a UFO site like 15 minutes after I saw it because I had no idea what it was.

Frederick man claims to find meteor fragments
Frederick News Post (subscription)
By Meg Tully A man who witnessed a falling meteor last week says he has
found parts of it. Al LaBrush was walking out of Danielle's restaurant in
Frederick ...
<http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/displayUpdate.htm?StoryID=114628

My thanks to all who are contributing here. We are still in need of video/pics. If you have such, please e-mail me at wxtx01@gmail.com. Thanks all!!! ELPALLSKY


 

8:53:00 PM

New Year Sky Watch: January's sky brings meteors and solar eclipse...DEC27, 2010

guardian.co.uk, Monday 27 December 2010 08.00 GMT
A stellar month for starwatchers finds Orion prominent in the SE at our map times in the heart of a region cluttered with bright stars. The highlights, though, come on the morning of the 4th when the sharp but intense Quadrantids meteor shower hits its peak and when a partial solar eclipse is visible...(more)...

    2:59:00 PM

    Guess What It Is !!!!...

    Below is a composite image of an object captured by the ELPALLSKY camera. Actually, it isn't a WHAT but a WHO. Click on the image for a larger pic...then click HERE to reveal the mystery object's true identity. Enjoy!
    copyright ELPALLSKY 2010-2011

    2:48:00 PM

    Merry Christmas Meteors...DEC25, 2010...

    A couple nice meteors early Christmas morning from the ELPALLSKY Camera...probably waning Geminids. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE FROM THE DESERT SOUTHWEST USA!!

    10:33:00 PM

    Live Images of the Total Lunar Eclipse DEC20-21, 2010 To Be Broadcast...

    From Astronomers Without Borders...
    Tune in to see the eclipsed Moon from sites around North America.
    Unless otherwise noted, the broadcasters below are part of the Night Skies Network group of Mallincam users. The group web site lists all their channels. Those listed in red are currently broadcasting live. The list below includes all the channels that will be broadcasting a live image of the Moon during the eclipse. Click on a channel below or on the NSN web site to join in. Join the chat with others around the world by providing a user name of your choice. The channels are listed below in the order they will begin broadcasting...(more)...

    12:47:00 AM

    Only The Second Winter Solstice Total Lunar Eclipse In History !!!

    From SpaceWeather.com Posted 12/19/10
    RARE LUNAR ECLIPSE: The lunar eclipse of Dec. 20-21 falls on the same date as the northern winter solstice. Is this rare? It is indeed, according to Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory, who inspected a list of eclipses going back 2000 years. "Since Year 1, I can only find one previous instance of an eclipse matching the same calendar date as the solstice, and that is Dec. 21, 1638," says Chester. "Fortunately we won't have to wait 372 years for the next one...that will be on Dec. 21, 2094."

    WHEN TO LOOK: The total eclipse lasts more than an hour from 12:41 am to 01:53 am MST on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st. Any time within that interval is a good time to look. For other time zones, consult Shadow & Substance's animated eclipse.

    2:40:00 PM

    Total Lunar Eclipse: 'Up All Night' With NASA DEC20-21,2010

    by Staff Writers Greenbelt MD (SPX) Posted Dec 17, 2010  
    The next total lunar eclipse will begin when the moon moves into Earth's penumbral shadow on December 20, 2010 at 5:29 UTC. Lunar experts from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will be hosting two live Web chats to discuss the eclipse. On Monday, Dec. 20 from 3-4 p.m. EST, Dr. Rob suggs will answer your questions. Later on Dec. 20, make plans to to stay "up all night" with astronomer Mitzi Adams at she answers your questions from midnight to 5:00 a.m. EST. Joining the chat is easy. Simply...(more)...

    3:13:00 AM

    Total Lunar Eclipse on 12/20-21 Could Boost Underdog Meteor Shower...DEC17,2010

    By Joe Rao Space.com...When skywatchers think of meteor showers during the month of December, they immediately think of the Geminids, which over the years have evolved into the most prolific and reliable of the dozen or so annual meteor displays that take place. And yet, there is also another notable meteor shower that occurs during December that...(more)...

    3:04:00 AM

    Large Meteor Seen From West Texas...DEC15,2010

    Dec 16 2010, 9:35 AM
    Guest241 (guest): WED 12-15-10 @ ~8:00 pm, Lake Jackson, TX, 29.04°N 95.44°W (Elev. 13 ft) beautiful meteor in WSW. At ~30 degrees above horizon -- broke into two distinct parts. Guessing fell between San Antonio and El Paso.
    Dec 16 2010, 4:50 PM
    Latexo (guest): Meteor 12/15/10 in the SSE from Crockett TX, between 8-9pm?

    Dec 16 2010, 10:46 PM
    BrandyK (guest): Saw a huge fireball lasted about 3 seconds in the East sky traveling southwest in Midland, TX. It was a beautiful bright blue! One of the coolest things I have ever seen! I believe it was 10pm to 11:30 we don't sit outside until after 9pm and we had been out there a while.

    12:47:00 AM

    Meteor News...Awesome Geminids Video From North Texas 12/13-14/10...

    Posted from Kevin Palivec Hawley, Texas
    This video is compiled from individual captures during the overnight peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower Dec. 13th and 14th, 2010. The camera has an approximate field of view of 40 degrees and points North toward Oklahoma City, OK from Hawley (near Abilene) Texas. Mid video, Orion appears, then sinks toward the Southwest. As the Earth's position within the stream of asteroidal debris changes, so does the apparent radiant and subsequent direction of travel of the meteors. This video is quite stunning and my thanks goes to Kevin Palivec of Hawley, Texas (c) Kevin Palivec 2010-2011. Click play and enjoy the show!

    to play movie in WMP go to http://www.dragonneo.net/lightning/Geminids-12-14-2010-25fps.wmv
    NOTE: This is a large (20MB) file!

    3:20:00 AM

    Meteor News...Geminids Image Updated 12/19/10 at 01:48 MST (08:48 UTC)...

    The desert skies of El Paso, Texas in the Southwestern U.S. offered some of the best views of this year's Geminid Meteor Shower. Upwards of 120 meteors per hour occured at shower peak although most city dwellers didn't see that many. Best viewing was outside the skyglow of city lights. Please bookmark this site and use it's resources to stay up with the progress of the 2010 Geminid Meteor shower. Clear skies !!


    This is a composite image of meteors greater than magnitude -2 captured by the El Paso Allsky Camera since the night of Dec. 6-7, 2010. These are good Geminid candidates and was a great start to the annual shower which peaked the night of Dec. 13-14. More updates to come so bookmark this site and keep watching!

    8:20:00 PM

    Breaking Meteor News...Oklahoma City, Edmond, Ardmore, Enid Oklahoma Fireball 12/13/10...

    Reports coming in to ELPALLSKY of an Oklahoma Fireball...
    Dec 13 2010, 6:33 PM
    wulfpig (guest) Reports: Traveling North on 1-35 in Edmond Oklahoma 12-13-10 just before 6:00pm central standard time and saw a meteor (?) in the northwest. It was traveling west to east. There was a a white tail. It was yellow/gold and very bright. It might have been visable for 5-10 seconds. It was very large and appeared to be relatively close. Did not see it break apart. A little early for the Geminids, but seems to much of a coincidence not to be.

    Dec 13 2010, 6:48 PM
    guestenidok (guest): Saw large / bright meteor from cafe in Enid Oklahoma, breaking up into 3 pieces approx. 5:50pm central time. Direction was north/ northwest from Enid OKlahoma.
     
    Dec 13 2010, 7:00 PM
    Guest966 (guest): guestenidok I saw it to on my way home from work in okc wow n/nw of Enid wow wonder how far n of us
     
    Dec 13 2010, 7:52 PM
    Guest924 (guest): at 5:55 pm 12/13 we were heading north on I35 near Ardmore OK and saw a large greenish falling object

    12:59:00 PM

    GEMINIDS LIVE...From The Oak Grove Observatory, Prairieville LA...

     This live all sky camera broadcast is courtesy of the Oak Grove Observatory in Prairieville, Louisiana. Click on the image to enjoy the view!

    12:06:00 PM

    It's time for the Geminids meteor shower, and NASA is talking meteors...

    Geminids Meteor Shower: 'Chat It Up All Night' With NASA...
    Baby, it's cold outside -- but you can still enjoy the best meteor shower of the year. The 2010 Geminid meteor shower promises to be lively, with realistic viewing rates of 50-80 meteors per hour and potential peaks reaching 120 meteors per hour. Anytime between Dec. 12-16 is a valid window for Geminid-watching, but the night of Dec. 13-14 is the anticipated peak.

    About the Chats

    You have two opportunities to learn more about the Geminids from meteor experts based at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. On Monday, Dec. 13 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST...(more)...

    1:33:00 AM

    Geminid Meteors Live Count On IMO Website Is Underway !!...12/13/10...

    Geminids 2010
    The International Meteor Organization
     
    The Geminids is one of the finest, and probably the most reliable, annual meteor shower. Activity exceeds 100 meteors per hour around December 14, with meteors radiating from a point near Castor in constellation Gemini. Geminids are slow, bright and occasionally colorful. Many observers consider the shower to be more spectacular than the famous Perseids in August, but the Geminids are less widely known because of the cold and often clouded December nights in the northern hemisphere.
    This year the peak is expected in the morning of December 14 (roughly near 11h UT). Many tens of meteors per hour will be visible in the nights surrounding December 14, with highest rates occuring in the hours after local midnight when the radiant reaches its highest altitude in the sky and the moon has set. More information on the observing conditions can be found in the shower calendar.
    The activity graph below is updated every 15 minutes based on visual observing reports submitted to the IMO - click on the graph for "LIVE COUNT".

    4:30:00 PM

    Meteor News-SpaceWeather.com Update...Dec. 12, 2010...GEMINID METEOR SHOWER

    The Geminid meteor shower peaks this year on Dec. 13th and 14th.  Forecasters say meteor rates could exceed 100 per hour for observers under dark rural skies.  For best results, start your meteor watch on Monday night, Dec. 13th, around midnight.  Keep an eye out for Geminids until sunrise on Tuesday, Dec. 14th. There's no special trick to seeing the Geminids.  Bundle up for maximum warmth, go outside, lie down and look up. Geminids can appear in any part of the sky, but all their tails will point back to the radiant in the constellation Gemini.  Check http://spaceweather.com
     for updates, images and a sky map.

    9:13:00 PM

    First UK Meteor Fireball Video Posted...UK Fireball Video Dec. 8, 2010...

    The first video to emerge following the appearance of a bright meteor/fireball over the UK on Dec. 8, 2010 shows no apparent detonation. Witnesses closer to the meteor's path however report fragmentation toward the end of lighted flight. In the video below, posted on Youtube by "johnnythefixer", the fireball becomes visible just right of top center and lasts approx. 5 to 6 seconds. "This is the meteor that flew across the sky on 8th December. I caught it on the camera in my car. I had just driven past Ken Dodd's house, and noticed it shooting across the sky". Video was shot from Merseyside, Liverpool, England. at 17:35 UTC.

    11:17:00 PM

    Strange doings coming to Tucson's skies...12/10/10...

     Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Posted: Friday, December 10, 2010 12:00 am

    The Geminid meteor shower, so named because the "shooting stars" appear to emanate from the constellation Gemini, will be at its peak in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
    Observatories on Mount Lemmon and Kitt Peak have public programs beginning...(more)...

    11:06:00 PM

    U.S. Military in Talks to Share Fireball Data...12/10/10

    By Leonard David, SPACE.com’s Space Insider Columnist
    posted: 10 December 2010 04:24 pm ET
    For decades, the U.S. Department of Defense has operated classified spacecraft loaded with high-tech gear to carry out a range of reconnaissance duties. But the satellites have also spotted the high-altitude explosions of natural fireballs that routinely dive into the Earth's atmosphere, and talks are under way to offer...(more)...

    10:15:00 PM

    Long Sporadic Meteor Captured by Santa Fe NM All Sky Camera 12/09/10...

    Thomas Ashcraft of Santa Fe New Mexico reviewed last night's Sandia All Sky Camera captures and found he'd recorded a long duration bright meteor...but it wasn't a Geminid.
    "The radio reflection was about one minute long" says Ashcraft. "It must have been a beautiful sight to see". A movie/composite image can be viewed at http://www.heliotown.com/FBns20101209_1106utHE_Ashcraft.mp4

    9:18:00 PM

    Possible meteor sighting 12/09/10 between Regina and Yorkton...Canadian man sees bright, blue flash of light in the sky

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 2:25pm Dino Durighello, who was driving between Regina and Yorkton on Highway #10 Thursday morning, believes the bright, blue flash of light he saw streak through the sky was a meteor.
    Durighello explains that he was about 50 km outside of Regina at 10:30 a.m. when he saw the flash of llight.
    “All of a sudden from the top of my windshield I see this...(more)...

    9:58:00 PM

    Update to 12/03/10 Oklahoma Bolide...

    New video of the Oklahoma bolide 12/03/10 has been provided to ELP ALLSKY by Kevin P. of Hawley TX. Kevin's camera has a roughly 40 degree field of view and is pointed north. Image center is directly toward Oklahoma City. The fireball can be seen in the lower right corner of the video. Below the video is a composite image showing heading and bearings.
     

    9:37:00 PM

    West Texas Meteor Sighting 12/08/10...Marathon TX

    9:20 AM Dec 8, 2010 Rob Dean E-mails: Traveling between Marathon, Tx and Ft. Stockton, Tx, my husband and I saw a brilliant shooting star/fireball about 8:30-9:00a.m. on Dec.8,2010.  It appeared overhead to our north  and faded to the northeast.  It was brilliant white with a long trail that appeared to be dripping blobs of material behind it.

    This was a daytime event. If you saw this meteor please post here. Thank you. ELPALLSKY

    9:22:00 PM

    British Columbia Fireball Reports Coming in to ELPALLSKY 12/08/10...

    Two reports of a fireball south of Quesnel British Columbia, Canada have come in to ELPALLSKY. Reports are as follow:

    [Dec 8 2010, 8:51 PM Guest459 (guest): Saw a bright blue meteor spiral to earth on an approximate 45 degree angle just south of Quesnel, British Columbia]
     Dec 8 2010, 7:45 PM M. Smith E-mails: Hi, Last night Dec.8/10 at approximately 7:30pm I saw a large bright orange/green meteor fireball I guess south of Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada.  It was SW of us and moved west & then disappeared.  Did anyone else see this?  M.Smith, Quesnel, BC.

    The BC Meteor Network has been notified however, allsky cameras there were obscured by bad weather. If you observed this event please post here, then log a report at http://www.bcmeteors.net

    1:27:00 PM

    BREAKING METEOR NEWS...UK Fireball 12/08/10... Reports Coming in to ELP ALLSKY...

    Spectacular meteor 'fireball' explosion over Britain leaves stargazers buzzing ahead of Geminid space shower.
    9:30PM GMT 08 Dec 2010...A dramatic meteor “fireball” exploded over Britain on Wednesday night, creating a spectacular light show the length of the country ahead of the Geminid space shower. 
     
    Meteor fireball spotted in skies over Britain
    Stargazers throughout the UK report seeing a meteor-like streak of light in the darkened skies thought to be a rare meteor fireball... 

    POSTS TO ELP ALLSKY:
    Dec 8 2010, 11:07 AM
    And (guest): just saw a bright white/blue/purple meteor with a long orange/yellow trail over newcastle upon tyne, uk
     
    Dec 8 2010, 11:58 AM
    Guest919 (guest): jus seem i fireball go across melton mowbray united kingdom... it as quite low and went really fast... trail of like fire behind it!! any way of knowing what it was at all?

    Dec 8 2010, 12:37 PM
    Guest521 (guest): Saw fireball just before it had a tail which broke up as it sped NNE to SSW over Glasgow at 1735hrs. It was the comparative size of the Moon which was low in the west at the time

    Dec 8 2010, 1:26 PM
    Guest366 (guest): I saw it over Sheffield at 17:35 GMT. Very impressive.

    Dec 8 2010, 2:04 PM
    Guest995 (guest): Saw it 17.35 GMT Dudley England travelling SW. Could it be 1st stage of Falcon 9 rocket re-entering atmosphere?

    1:14:00 AM

    Meteor Report...Iowa Meteor/Fireball...

    Dec 7 2010, 8:44 PM Guest66 (guest): Saw a bright light in the east sky around an hour ago in western iowa, turned green before it faded, any ideas?
    Dec 7 2010, 11:10 PM
    Guest838 (guest): I saw a large green sparkly meteor slowly shoot over northeastern Iowa and also was curious if anyone else had seen it!

    ELPALLSKY: If you saw this meteor, please leave a post in my chat box, then go to 
    and log your report.

    12:22:00 AM

    Bright Meteor East Of Yuma AZ...

    Dec 7 2010, 10:32 PM Guest204 (guest) Posts:
    Just saw bright orange meteor in low eastern horizon about 20 minutes agoIn Yuma AZLasted 3 to 5 seconds, large and long orange taistarted then stopped, then main portion, thought at first it was a flair from Naval gunnery range, but too large and flew in wrong directionshad me stunned watching it at first.
    ELPALLSKY: If you saw this event please post in the chat box to the left. Arizona and Northwestern Mexico all sky stations please check your cameras for this event. Thank you!

    4:52:00 PM

    Meteor News...Early Geminid Meteor Over Northwest Mexico...

    Dec. 7, 2010 Hermosillo Mexico: Sandia allsky meteor camera operator Salvador Aguirre posts this early Geminid meteor captured by his camera in Hermosillo, Mexico. The orange-ish color enhances contrast to better show detail in the trail. The annual Geminid Meteor Shower is officially underway and promises should offer even casual observers a nice bright "shooting star" or two this month. Compare the star chart below with the composite image beneath. No question...a Geminid! Nice work, Doctor.




    1:52:00 PM

    Asteroid Warning System Advocated by Scientist...

    A Week's Warning of Asteroid Strike Would Be Simple, Scientist Says
    By Charles Q. Choi
    SPACE.com Contributor
    posted: 03 December 2010
    09:23 am ET

    An early warning system that could give Earth a week's notice or more before a space rock destroyed a city would cost only $1 million per observatory, its leading proponent suggests. Given current technologies, this lead time would not be enough to mount a mission to deflect the incoming object, but...(more)...

    1:25:00 PM

    NASA..."Geminid Meteor Shower Defies Explanation"

    Geminids 2010 (monster gem, 200px)





    A Geminid fireball explodes over the Mojave Desert in 2009. Credit: Wally Pacholka / AstroPics.com / TWAN.


    Dec. 6, 2010:  The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks this year on Dec. 13th and 14th, is the most intense meteor shower of the year. It lasts for days, is rich in fireballs, and can be seen from almost any point on Earth. It's also NASA astronomer Bill Cooke's favorite meteor shower—but not for any of the reasons listed above.
    "The Geminids are my favorite," he explains, "because they defy explanation."...(more)...

    12:59:00 PM

    Meteor News...Best Meteor Shower of 2010 Arrives Starting Dec. 13...

    Slower-moving Geminids won't require binoculars or a telescope to see... 

    What should be the best meteor shower of 2010 will occur beginning on the evening of Monday, Dec. 13.
    Like most meteor showers, the Geminids will be at their best after midnight (early on the morning of Dec. 14), when the Earth is heading...(more)...

    12:25:00 PM

    "Mystery" Fireball Over Atlanta GA ?...Is No Mystery !

    I'll preface this story with a few facts relevant to this "sighting". 1...The sun is nearly at it's lowest point in the sky for the season. 2...This "event" occured close to sunset in Atlanta. 3...toward the end of the video, available by going to http://www.ajc.com/video?bcpid=97471435001&bclid=1717763711&bctid=700744798001 another aircraft can be seen entering the frame from right to left looking very much like the object in question. So...without delay and considering all the above factors, ELPALLSKY can say, without a doubt, this is a man-made aircraft. Please note the "firey" appearance and slow movement in the video and use it for future reference. Full story available at http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/mystery-object-streaks-across-768562.html

    9:13:00 PM

    Large Oklahoma Meteor?...Just hours after Large Colorado Bolide Of 12/03/10.....

    Reports are coming in to ELPALLSKY about another large, bright meteor...this time over Oklahoma and just 4 1/2 hours after another large and bright fireball wowed Colorado residents. The OK event was visible in AR and KS as well. Reports are as follows...

    Dec 5 2010, 8:57 AM sandra2646 Reports: I saw a green light falling vertically around 11pm in Edmond, Oklahoma as I was driving home. I thought it was part of a flare or firework it was bright and it faded before it hit the ground. It definitely looked like it was in our atmosphere. My husband also saw the same light.

    Mtn. View, Arkansas 11:00 p.m CST 3DEC2010
    Guest305 (guest): I live near Mtn. View, Arkansas late last night about 11:00 p.m. I was loading wood in furnace and looked in the western sky and saw a huge green fireball it fell down till it dissapered behind tree line it was by far the biggest shooting star i've ever seen.

    Seminole, Oklahoma - green glow falling from sky Dec. 3, 2010.

    Lyndon Davis E-mails: A friend and I were sitting on the porch of a hunting cabin, far away from any light sources.  I saw a very large greenish fireball fall sometime around 11:00pm (10:47pm if I recall correctly).  I was in Southeastern Kansas  (approximately 15 miles east of Coffeyville, KS) and the object was to the south, falling in a straight vertical line to the ground.  We did not hear any noise, but it was bright enough to cast shadows for approximately 3 seconds and cause my friend (who was looking in the opposite direction) to turn around and look due to the intensity of the light.
    It had an appearance somewhat like a flare.  I did not see any trail or debris coming from it.  It was, by far, the largest thing I have ever seen fall from the sky.

    Kaysi E-mails: My name is Kavysania Kinslow I am in Oklahoma City, OK. I witnessed this same thing last night at about 11:00 from across the street from the State Capitol Building, in Oklahoma City. Do you have any idea what this may have been. Would please keep me informed. Thank you for your post and time.
    Kaysi

    1:40:00 AM

    Meteor News...Large Bright Colorado Bolide Meteor

    Guest490 (guest): On Friday Dec. 3rd, 2010 at about 6:30 pm I was driving just east of Denver International Airport. I thought I was witnessing a plane crashing at first, but there was no hint of red or orange color, it was bright white with a long tail and lasted for several seconds. It seemed to be close to the ground north and east of Barr Lake .

    Simona in Colorado Springs E-mails:  Just a quick note as I saw this incredible meteor on Friday night (12/3) & the website I had told about it still hasn't posted the event.  It was approx. 6:30 pm local time, I was driving north on the eastern side of Colorado Springs & saw it in the eastern sky, extremely low.  I would have sworn it landed only 10 miles to the east of me.  It was the most amazing one I've ever seen just b/c it was so incredibly low & close.   What is even odder to me is that about 6-9 months ago I saw another incredible meteor, when I was driving & was at the exact same location as this one (Approx. Powers Blvd x Dublin), what are the odds of seeing a meteor entering the atmosphere a few months apart when you are driving (& the driver) both times at almost the exact same location.  The other meteor however was in the northwest sky & was much higher.   Appeared to be landing over the Air Force Academy.
    regards,
    Simona

    Saturday, December 4, 2010 6:06:00 PM MST Anonymous posted...
    I was driving east on Table Mesa Blvd in Boulder, CO on 12/3/10 at 6:30 PM and saw this large green meteor to the north of me, coming out of the east. It was truly the most incredible falling star I've ever seen. As the others posted, it was in view for several seconds. I even had a chance to tell my husband "check it out" and he saw the tail end. 

    Jeanne Judge E-mails: Last night at @ 6:30 p.m. I saw a striking and large ball of green light in the sky, Northeast in the sky from Golden, CO.  It was much larger and greener than any shooting star that I have seen in the past.  At first I thought that it was a fireball from an airplane it was that striking.  It fell to the North/North/West very quickly and dissipted while it was still well above the earth.

    Guest206 (guest) Reports: Saw a very large green ball of light in the sky north east of Golden, CO @ 6:30 on December 3, 2010. At first I thought it was a fireball from an exploded plane it was that large- but it was green in color, moved very quickly, and dissipated quickly. It was quite beautiful and stunning. It fell to the NNW in the sky (still significanyly east of Golden and, it appeared, Denver)

    Mitriza (guest) Reports: So glad we weren't the only ones to see it! We were driving north from Colorado Springs at about 6:30 pm on 12/3/2010 and saw a blue-green light to the NE falling quickly. It faded for a half second and then came right back. We were waiting for a boom or fireball but nothing happened. Very curious. Never seen anything like that before.
    Stillwater, OK at 23:00 central time 3DEC2010
    ELPALLSKY Guest185 Reports: Saw a green light falling from the sky from Stillwater OK at 11PM central time 12/3/10. I was driving east and saw it slightly to the south.

    Other reports are coming in now from Colorado, Kansas and Texas about this event. If you observed this event, please e-mail me at wxtx01@gmail.com with time, date, location and a brief description including brightness, direction of travel, color, duration and whether there was any fragmentation or sounds such as sonic booms within 2 minutes of the event. Thanks !

    Other Reports (posted on Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News)...
    Westminster, Colorado ~18:29 3DEC2010
    justme (guest) wrote: I saw the same as mentioned by Buck Lynn earlier tonight and finally took the time out (to try and find out what I saw). I am in Westminster and I gasped and it looked so large I tried to make my husband look at what I half thought was a plane crashing. lol
    This was also out of the north... and it was after dinner but I do not know the time,but it was very bright and huge, white in color. I forgot to make a wish, after I mentioned it and talked with my husband about what he missed looking at he told me to make a wish...hey if I get a million dollars we will celebrate (but it must have been about 2 or 3 minutes after it vanished from the sky).

    Denver, Colorado ~18:29 MST 3DEC2010
    Buck Lynn wrote: "My name is Buck Lynn, in Denver, Colorado. I was just looking for info on what I saw tonight, it was at 18:28pm MST in the North sky slightly east. Biggest entry I have ever seen. I'd love to know if this was unusual? it was SO big I immediately texted a friend of mine after the sighting, that msg was sent at 18:29 MST so the event occured within the last minute or so.  I`m an hour and a half north of Monument CO,though and the body was way north of me.I was in prime vewing position.  
    That scared me I actually braced for impact. I`ve seen lots of falling stars"this was way different and much bigger. "

    North East of Monument Colorado  TIME? 3DEC2010
    Guest359 (guest):Just saw what appeared to be a meteorite North East of Monument Colorado...Big,Bright, Blue...fell through the clouds and lit them up...Way cool...what was it???

     North of Austin, Texas  11:20 P.M. 2DEC2010
    Guest583 (guest): I live just North of Austin, Texas & was outside having a smoke, around 11:20 P.M. last night, December 2nd, wen I saw that largest meteor(?) of my life.This was no faint shooting star. This was a brilliant, white-white/blue, object that left a substantial trail & looked to be "shedding" material in its wake. It was truly amazing, a sight I will never forget. Anyone else hear anything about this one?  Oh, & it was in the West,Southwest sky,moving from South to North, possibly away from me but I have no way of knowing for sure from where I sat. If anyone has any additional information on this observation,or any questions,please contact me. Thanks much, Rob (contact info on file)

    1:01:00 AM

    Tucson Bright Bolide...New Images From Tucson !

    Carl Hergenrother, Astronomer and moderator of The Transient Sky blogsite has graciously afforded elp these images of the Tucson bolide of 11/28/10. Hergenrother is a Tucson resident, operating an allsky camera there. Hergenrother reports...

    Two interesting meteor events happened this past week. First a brilliant fireball was seen over southern AZ on the night of Nov 28/29 at ~11:53 pm. The fireball was picked up by my all-sky cam and was even seen as far south as Hermosillo were Salvador Aguirre’s camera picked it up. I’ll have more on this event later, for now follow the latest on James Gamble’s excellent El Paso AllSky blog...(more)... 
    GIF Movie and Composite Image Courtesy Carl Hergenrother




    3:27:00 AM

    Tucson Bolide Update...ELP Captures 11/28/10 Tucson Fireball

    ELP Allsky Reports: After a thorough search of archived imagery, I'm happy to report that the El Paso Station/Sandia Allsky Camera did capture the Tucson AZ bolide which blazed across SE Arizona skies at 23:52:15 MST 11/28/10 (06:52:15 UTC 11/29/10). In the full composite w/compass, the meteor appears at roughly 255 degrees and flashes at roughly 259 degrees. This event is of particular interest to me as I was in Tucson at the time and witnessed it firsthand. I now estimate the magnitude of the meteor during flight at -13 with a terminal burst magnitude of possibly as high as -14. Again, I heard no sonics, i.e. electrophonics nor sonic booms. Below are composite flight images and a movie of the event as seen from the El Paso Allsky Camera. I'm hoping for additional images and videos from allsky cameras in Tucson shortly and will update this blog as/if they become available. SE Arizona residents who saw this meteor event are encouraged to email me at wxtx01@gmail.com and file a report with the AMS at http://www.amsmeteors.org/fireball/report.html

    1:30:00 AM

    Geminids Meteor Shower: 'Up All Night' With NASA!

    NASA Press Release...
    The 2010 Geminid meteor shower promises to be lively, with realistic
    viewing rates of 50-80 meteors per hour and potential peaks reaching 120  meteors per ...(more)...
    Also visit NASA's new meteor detection weblog "FIREBALLS" at http://fireballs.ndc.nasa.gov/ and click on live view to see the latest image from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville Alabama Facility.

    1:20:00 AM

    Meteor Research News...New Mexico State University to become hub for allsky camera detections...

    Overview

    overview

    What are we building?

    • Cameras: Uplooking wide-field, video
    • Network: Volunteer nodes (100+?) in continental US
    • Server: Central server at NMSU to correlate and catalog events (meteor and manmade)

    Goal:

    Investigate, improve, and expand a ground-based all-sky camera network necessary for (more)...



    2:42:00 AM

    OFF TOPIC...Total Lunar Eclipse Dec. 21, 2010...


    From Carl Hergenrother (The Transient Sky)...
    The big event this month is a Total Lunar Eclipse on the night of Dec 20/21. The Moon will be located nearly overhead during the peak of the eclipse for North American observers.
    The start of the umbral eclipse (when the darkest part of Earth’s shadow covers the Moon) will occur at 6:32 UT (1:32 EST / 12:32 CST / 11:32 MST / 10:32 PST) with mid-eclipse at 8:16 UT (3:16 EST / 2:16 CST / 1:16 MST / 12:16 PST)

    3:08:00 PM

    UPDATE...Bright Tucson Bolide of 11/28/10 Captured By Camera In Mexico !

    Dr. Salvador Aguirre of the Hermosillo, Mexico Sandia Allsky Camera Station has provided ELP another new image of the 11/28/10 Tucson AZ event. The bolide is seen just left of top center, and displays the bright terminal flash. Hermosillo is roughly 218 miles (352 km) due south of Tucson.

    *Again...event time is corrected to 23:52 MST (06:52 UTC)*

    2:24:00 AM

    UPDATE!... New Image Of 11/28/10 Fireball Event Over Tucson AZ

    Carl Hergenrother (The Transient Sky), professional astronomer at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and PlanetaryLab in Tucson AZ has provided ELP this still image of a brilliant fireball which occured just east of Tucson on 11/28/10. Time of this event has been corrected to 23:52 MST (06:52 UTC). The image was captured by an allsky camera located at the MMT Observatory near Tucson.
    Image Credit MMTO...click on image for enlargement



    11:49:00 AM

    Meteor News...Brighter than Moon...Meteor Lights Up East Tucson AZ

    EPALLSKYCAM Reports...
    At 11:32 p.m. MST on Nov.28th, a very bright short duration meteor was observed traveling NE to S-SW just East of Tucson Arizona. The event lasted for 2-3 seconds during which it burned with a magnitude slightly brighter than the full moon. A terminal burst with a magnitude substantially brighter a full moon was observed. The event occured at an elevation of 40 to 50 degrees. No sonics, i.e. electrophonics or sonic booms were heard. If you Saw this event, please comment below and submit a report to The AMS at http://www.amsmeteors.org/fireball/report.html This event is a good candidate for a late Leonid Meteor.

    11:17:00 AM

    Meteor News...Another Florida Fireball

    A Visitor To El Paso Allsky Camera Reports:
     I was searching to see if anyone else saw what I saw early this morning.A fireball light up the sky on Saturday, November,27th, 2010 @ 2:10am. I just happened to look up and caught something streaking across the sky. It had a long trail mostly orange(ish) and what looked like sparks and peices of fire. An object lead the way which looked twice the size of the trail in circumfrance and was very bright maybe orange/white/blueish.The thing is, it's movement was parallel to the horizon (left to right) and did not appear to be moving much faster than a plane would be. The trail was pretty long and there was a very bright flash of blue/white then it was gone. It looked exactly like a plane exploding. It appeared to be out over the gulf of Mexico. From my location (Parrish, FL.United States; south of Tampa) it was at 215 degrees S.W. with an elevation of approximately 40 degrees. I have NEVER seen anything like it in 36 years and I watch the night sky

    2:47:00 PM

    Latest Meteor News...Saint Cloud Florida Fireball 11/25/10

    A Visitor To El Paso Allsky Camera Reports:
    At approx 5:30 pm on 11/25/10 I seen a ball of fire that appeared to be falling out of the sky. I was in Saint Cloud, FL.

    1:00:00 AM

    Meteor News...Washington Fireball

    A Visitor To El Paso Allsky Camera Reports:
    I saw what looked like a fireball falling from the sky near walla walla, washington today between 6:45 and 7:00 am this morning any idea as to what it could of been.

    12:10:00 PM

    **UPDATE*...Leonid Meteor Results From The El Paso Allsky Camera..

    Not too bad through the peak. The composite image below shows Leonid meteors of magnitude -3 or brighter recorded during the period 11/13/10 through 11/24/10 by the El Paso Allsky Camera and WSentinel program (software/hardware provided by Sandia National Laboratories). Keep in mind that MOST of the VISIBLE Leonids were dimmer than -3 magnitude, so the image below only shows a small sampling of the overall count. I'll continue to monitor for additional events through Nov 28th (shower end) and will post updated images as needed.
    Image Updated 11/24/10 at 12:10 MST (19:10 UTC)

    1:20:00 AM

    ***METEOR ACTIVITY UPDATE***

    From SPACEWEATHER.COM...The annual Leonid meteor shower is peaking today, Nov. 17th-18th, as Earth passes through a thicket of debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle. So far the shower has been a modest one, with fewer than ~25 meteors per hour according to international counts. The reason: Earth is missing the densest swarms of comet dust. Nevertheless, some bright Leonids have been seen, and even more have been heard. Tune into Spaceweather Radio for live Leonid echoes. More updates to follow.