Fireball leaves area residents wondering

From staff reports
Updated 10:53 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2012

People who reported seeing a fiery ball of light in the cloudless noon sky Monday really did see an unidentified flying object.

The flying object has not been identified. But no one has conjectured that it held little green men with giant eyes.

It was likely falling space debris or a meteor, according to the National Weather Service.

“It could definitely have caused that,” said meteorologist Pat McDonald. “It’s the only thing we can think that could have caused that.”

A space rock or piece of an old satellite burning up as it hits the Earth’s atmosphere is not a rare occurrence, said Joe Wheelock, the public affairs specialist at the McDonald Observatory.

“It’s not uncommon at all,” he said.

Jane Marke, an amateur astronomer, said she was at a traffic light near the airport when she saw a bright light streaking across the eastern sky at 11:49 a.m.

“I saw a brightness of light fall from the sky, going very fast,” Marke said. “I would say it was about 1 magnitude. That’s about as bright as you can get.”

She said she believes it was a meteor, though it could have been “a piece of space junk.”

A San Antonio Express-News photographer driving between Kerrville and Comfort saw what he described as a very bright ball of light low in the sky at 11:50 a.m.

Around the same time, a 911 caller reported seeing some sort of airborne fiery object that appeared to be falling near Johns Road north of Interstate 10 in Boerne. A police officer was dispatched but didn’t find anything, a department clerk said.

Sheriff’s offices in Kendall County and Kerr County reported receiving no calls about the object.

The Army, which operates an ammunition storage and transfer facility at Camp Stanley in Northwest Bexar County, reported no unusual activity Monday morning.

“All the ranges at Camp Stanley are closed, so we weren’t testing ammunition and we haven’t had any incident today regarding the storage and transfer facilities,” said Phil Reidinger, an Army spokesman at Fort Sam Houston.

The Air Force said none of its planes at two local bases was involved in an incident that could have caused the flash.

“We don’t have anything that would generate a great flash of light in the sky,” said Dave Smith, a spokesman with the Air Education and Training Command at Randolph AFB.

For those who missed the fireball, the good news is that the Lyrid meteor shower can be seen April 21-22.

Colin McDonald, Zeke MacCormack, Sig Christenson and Scott Huddleston contributed to this report.

via Fireball leaves area residents wondering – San Antonio Express-News.


Kansans witness early morning meteor

By Stan Finger
The Wichita Eagle
Published Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 5:16 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 5:24 p.m.

A flash of light in the early morning sky over the Great Plains on Tuesday lit up social media and cyberspace as witnesses tried to figure out what they had seen.

“It was like the whole sky lit up for just a second,” Joe Kleinsasser said in an e-mail about what he saw as he drove from Hillsboro to work at Wichita State University at about 6:45 a.m.

More than 50 people in five states — Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska and Missouri — reported the flash to the Lunar Meteorite Hunters website on Tuesday:

Bob Henry, program director at the Wichita State University Lake Afton Observatory, said the light appears to have been a meteor about the size of a baseball.

“Something that size is going to be very, very bright and very, very noticeable,” Henry said.

Based on a detailed description he was given, Henry said, the meteor was traveling north to south about 20 degrees to the north of the moon at about the same elevation as the moon. It had a greenish blue tint before it broke up.

“They actually happen a lot more often than we realize,” Henry said. “Half the time, it’s light outside so we don’t see them.”

The earth is hit by meteorites more than 100 times a day, he said. Only a few are noticed by humans, however, because of daylight, cloudy skies or they happen over the ocean or when people are asleep.

Derek Pinkston captured video of the meteor on a surveillance video in Haysville and posted it on YouTube.

“Thought it was pretty cool, but wish I would have captured the trail,” he wrote on Twitter in response to a question.

Henry said witnesses to the meteor should feel fortunate.

“For a meteor to get noticed by humans takes unusually good luck,” he said by e-mail.

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via Kansans witness early morning meteor | Wichita Eagle.

South Carolina Fireball 13 February 2012

Uploaded by PathocracyNow on Mar 10, 2012

There have been an incredible number of fireballs lately, of which this is just one…

9 March, Fireball Spotted Over North Georgia

4 March: Meteor Shower Dazzles Victorians Lucky Enough to See It

4 March: Thousands Witness Spectacular Fireball Streak Over UK

2 March: Fireball seen from southern Norway and Sweden

2 March: reen Fireball Seen All Over Southeastern Canada

1 March: Green Object Reported in the Sky Over Newfoundland

29 February: What Was The Bright Flash In The Sky Tuesday Night?

22 February: “Huge fireball” streaks through Edmonton sky

22 February: Meteor Rain in China

14 February: Exploding UFO Wakes Thousands in South Carolina

12 February: Exploding Fireball recorded over Okayama, Japan

5 February: Fireball with huge tail seen over Western Australia

5 February: Fireball Photographed Over Corfu, Greece

4 February: East coast of US lights up as another enormous fireball streaks through sky

2 February: Huge Fireball Over Tokyo, 2 February 2012

1 February: Wednesday night’s Texas meteor so bright it was seen in Kansas

1 February: Halifax ‘fireball’ probably a meteor

via South Carolina Fireball 13 February 2012.wmv – YouTube.