Sep 11, 2013

meteor-alabama-sonic-boom-baseball-sized-comet-ISON-Perseid-shower-NASA-All-sky-Fireball-Network-sun-Earth-Mars-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationOn Monday night, a baseball-sized meteor blew up over the southeastern United States, leaving a bright streak of light, a sonic boom and a lot of noise on Twitter. It appeared at 9:18pm Eastern Daylight Time, traveling at 76,000 mph, and exploded 25 miles above Woodstock, Alabama, about half an hour’s drive from Birmingham.

 “Objects of this size hit the Earth’s atmosphere on a daily basis, but this one happened near Birmingham, which is a fairly decently sized city and lot of people saw it,” Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, told Reuters.

More than 180 eyewitness reports came in, many of whom were attending a Mumford & Sons concert in Birmingham.

“This one wasn’t at 2 in the morning, so a lot of people were out and about,” Cooke said.

“I saw what I first thought was a falling star and then it turned bright green,” an observer from Anniston, Alabama, posted on the American Meteor Society website.

“I saw it near Dallas Highway in Marietta, (Georgia), near the National Battlefield,” wrote another witness.

“At first, I thought it was an errant firework, but it was bigger, neon green, came straight down and then disappeared.”

Calculations by scientists have yielded that the meteor did not come from any known comet. It blew up so low in the atmosphere that it created a sonic boom. It was too bright to be picked up by NASA’s All-sky Fireball Network ; In fact, the Network missed several meteors on Monday night, including 5 that are part of the Perseid meteor shower, which occurs every year. What are our tax dollars paying for, again?

The comet on everyone’s mind, however, is ISON. Comet ISON is due to pass by Mars this month, and by Earth in November. It was discovered last September by amateur astronomers in Russia, and is expected to pass relatively close to the sun on November 28. So far, ISON hasn’t brightened as much as astronomers had predicted earlier in the year:

 “People are no longer thinking it is going to be visible in daylight,” Cooke said. – Yahoo