Fireballs everywhere these days!

Sometimes you don’t see them, you just hear them.
Mystery ‘loud booms’ felt, heard over the Midlands, South Carolina

Columbia, SC – News19 has gotten multiple reports of loud booms in Several Midlands neighborhoods.

The reports began coming in around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

We heard from worried residents in Sumter, Wedgefield, Manning, and Bishopville. The noise was so loud that windows rattled and homes shook.

Reports also came out of Summerton, Eastover, Mayesville, and Sandy Run.

We made several calls to try and find out what caused the sounds, and the State Emergecny Management Agency says it wasn’t an earthquake.

Shaw Air Force Base hasn’t reported any unusual flying activity and the Lynn Douglas with the Columbia Airport says she knows of no sonic booms in the Midlands.

This dash-cam fad in Russia is cool. I want one:

Separate daytime fireball recorded just 250km west of Chelyabinsk, 4 days before massive overhead explosion in Russia

A bright fireball was filmed in the Bashkiria sky

Online video of an unusual phenomenon in the sky, filmed from the highway between Ufa and Orenburg. The the video was shot last night, February 11, 2013, near the village of Bulgakovo in the Ufa area.

“This was a bright, luminous body, visible for long distances,” said Professor Ufu, RU director of the Ufa “Planetarium”, Anatoly Denisov. Have not been able to determine to what meteor shower this bolide belonged. It is possible that it did not belong to any particular shower; such fireballs are sporadic…

And when will the next one “hit” and go “kaboom! splat!”???

Daytime fireball breaks up over Brazil, 20 February 2013

Dr. Marcelo Souza, professor of physics in Campos Dos Goytacazes, called me and reported that witnesses had just seen this event from Campos Dos Goytacazes, Vitoria, and Cabo Frio, in Rio de Janeiro State, Brasil approximately 20 minutes prior. It has now been confirmed that there was a single bolide seen by many persons in north Rio de Janeiro State, Brasil.

Campos Dos Goytacazes Brasil Sentinel Allsky Network is currently checking for video capture.

Dirk Ross, LunarMeteorite*Hunter, Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Marcelo Souza, IFF-R.J. and Sentinel Allsky established the Brasil Allsky Network, the FIRST in South America, last year.

Ross says, “This event, along with the recent Russia and other large events demonstrates that Brasil needs to take the threat of an asteroid impact more seriously and expand the Brasil Allsky Network nationwide for detection”.

Ross is hoping that Sao Paulo State will soon establish the second network.

Eyewitness Report

“Avistei hoje, às 1312 UTC, em vitória, es, um metero cruzando o céu, sentido norte para sul. O meteoro foi visto por cerca de 5 segundos por mim. Mais 4 testemunhas, que estavam no local, também avistaram. Uma das testemunhas, que avistou um pouco antes, deve ter visto o mesmo por cerca de 12 segundos antes dele se desintegrar na atmosfera.

O que vi foi basicamente um rastro iluminado, amarelado, cruzando o céu numa trajetória descendente e se desintegrando completamente.”

Google translation

“I saw today at 1312 UTC, in victory, es, a metero across the sky, north to south. The meteor was seen by about 5 seconds for me. More 4 witnesses who were at the scene also spotted. One witnesses who saw a little before, must have seen it for about 12 seconds before it disintegrates in the atmosphere.

What I saw was basically a trail illuminated, yellow, streaking across the sky in a downward trend and disintegrating completely.”

Verified by Dr. Marcelo Souza – Name of eyewitness withheld as requested.

A local TV report on this daytime fireball sighting in Brazil:

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