Hey Whatnext..great thread. Hope it catches on because this is a very important subject in current events. There's no doubt that fireballs have
dramatically increased over the last couple of years, especially in 2013. Over the course of a few posts, I'm going to submit some information that
begs to differ with the folks who claim that all these fireballs are normal, don't believe that nonsense. Over the course of 60 years, there were
only a handful of reports of space rocks actually crashing through a home, vehicle or striking an individual (that we know of) and in just the year
2013, there were four of these incidents alone and a several others that were unsubstantiated whether they were actually space rock...the verdict is
still out on those ones. And there were a dozen other cases of people actually finding the space rocks after observing these exploding fireballs.
The AMS states that these significant events (observed by at least 25 people and then verified to be a meteor) usually only happen about four times a
month. The month of September 2013 saw 13 of these events and all the events were witnessed by hundreds and thousands. This was from a story in the
Chicago Tribune on September 27.
Significant events - defined as being reported by more than 25 people - usually happen three to five times in a month, Hankey said. While
meteors fall to the earth all the time, he said, they usually go undetected as they are most easily seen during the middle of the night and because
they often fall where there are no people - such as over oceans, deserts or remote parts of Wyoming.
"For it to happen at rush hour in a densely populated area where there's millions of people on the road that have a capability of seeing it is
pretty rare," Hankey said. "It's a special thing for someone who saw it, and they will probably never see it again for the rest of their
September was a very active month. For three days Sep. 19-21, Japan saw numerous fireballs with thousands of witnesses to each event, and then on Sep.
23, another massive fireball was witnessed across nine Midwestern states with over 500 reports to the AMS. This was a report from the AMS that
appeared at Intellihub.com on Sep. 30
Reports of meteor sightings are coming into the American Meteor Society by the thousands. According to one of the latest reports posted at the
American Meteor Society website, "Its been a busy week for the AMS as we are bombarded by fireball reports from all different parts of the country.
The latest event took place over Alabama and Georgia last night September 28th 7:30 PM local time. Over 250 witnesses from Virginia, Maryland,
Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia have reported the event so far.
Exactly why these meteors are coming into the atmosphere at this time is unknown. NASA and NOAA have yet to publish any reports on this phenomenon,
although they did confirm the September 10, 2013 meteor that streaked across the sky in Alabama in theguardian.com article 'Meteor enters atmosphere
over Alabama and disintegrates, says Nasa'.An excerpt from the article reads, "Officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville say a
baseball-size fragment of a comet entered Earth's atmosphere above Alabama at 8:18pm CDT Monday. Nasa officials say the meteor traveled at a speed of
76,000 mph. They say just three seconds after hitting the atmosphere, it disintegrated 25 miles above the central Alabama town of Woodstock, producing
a flash of light. Nasa spokeswoman Janet Anderson says that because it penetrated so deep into Earth's atmosphere, eyewitnesses heard sonic
I've been following this phenomenon for nearly two years now along with other events and for anyone here who knows me, I'm the methane guy, and I
still hold fast that this fireball phenomenon has everything to do with gases in our mesosphere (the layer of the atmosphere where meteors burn up)
and that they are reacting away in that layer. Gas normally would make the air more dense, which is what is believed to have always worked in the
mesosphere to cause meteors to burn up once they hit the more dense air, but instead, I believe somehow the methane gases rising to this layer are
actually thinning the air here, which is allowing the space rocks to fall much deeper into our atmosphere causing the spectacular light shows and
frightening explosions in the air above our heads. Don't ask me how the methane would thin the air rather than make it more dense. I'm not a
scientist and can't explain that, I'm just making a hypothetical guess simply because after studying the release of methane gas and its affects on
our planet and our atmosphere, this would make sense, and because the fireball phenomenon also started up along the same time as so many other current
phenomenon, such as mass animal die-offs, disease outbreaks, sinkholes, unexplained fires and explosions, the sonic booms, earthquakes and volcanoes,
and the extreme weather events (hot and cold, drought and floods, massive rain and snow events, etc.).
Anyways...I hope this thread catches on. I wish you had started it in the Fragile Earth forum, but either way, this is a very important topic right
now and more people need to pay attention. I'll contribute some more information and also, post more fireballs to the thread as they come up if some