Meteorite Action!

Wednesday April 14, 2010 Mifflin (U.S.A)

This evening, Nathan Alf was taking some pictures for a class project when he captured the photo of a lifetime "I was taking pictures of the grass then I looked over, I turned it over really quick and as I took the picture I was watching it happen right up in this sky. The fact that it was glowing green kind of freaked me out a little bit. Once I figured out that it was probably like a meteor or something I was just excited and amazed" Just after 22h the fall, meteorite was found.
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Sunday February 28, 2010 Košice (Slovakia/Hungary)

The fall of this meteorite has led to a beautiful Slovak-Hungarian cooperation! Night of February 28, despite the late hour, bunch of people were watching Olympics ice hockey finals on TV when they saw the intense light of fireball, illuminated streets and interior of apartments. Witnesses were even heard cannon-like burst. But the weather was bad and the Central European Fireball Network didn't take direct optical records of the bolide. Meteorite streak across North Hungary sky, where the weather was better, and after call witnesses, two videos of the meteor were published. Thanks to calibration of videos by members of the Hungarian Astronomical Association contributed (namely Igaz Antal) and trajectory analysis done by dr. Jiri Borovicka (Czech Academy of Sciences), a scientist Slovak team, under the leadership of Juraj Toth, found the first piece of meteorite in March 20, 2010.
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Sunday February 15, 2009 Ash Creek (U.S.A)

Eddie Garcia, A TV photographer film a foot race when he see the fireball "It was something burning and falling really fast. Where I was at the time, yeah, I remember shooting it And wondering what I shot and then looking around and seeing if anyone saw it with me, and everyone was just focused on that marathon that we were shooting at the time," Ash Creek is the first meteorite fall to be definitively observed using weather radar. Thanks to eyewitness reports, a few great videos and some amazing radar images, the first stones was found barely 48 hours after his fall by the D. Dawn and D. Sadilenko'steam.
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Saturday January 17, 2009 Maribo (Denmark)

6 weeks after the fireball observed in Northern Europe, and several days spent on field, Thomas Grau perform feat to find a unique, 25 gr, carbonaceous chondrite on Lolland's island in Denmark. Indeed, according to meteor's trajectory, there was a high probability that it falls in the Baltic Sea. In addition to hundreds eyewitness and noise report, fireball was caught on a surveillance video camera in Sweden and on an all sky camera in Netherlands.
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Thursday November 20, 2008 Buzzard Coulee (Canada)

Andrew Bartlett, 63, was trying to film planes passing over his 10th-floor apartment at 103rd Street and Jasper Avenue when he saw what looked like a bright ball of flame.He held his camera steady and caught two seconds of it on tape. The object seemed to burn out just before it reached the horizon."The right place at the right time. It's a million-in-one chance," Bartlett said, marvelling at the video and his good fortune.
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Sunday January 04, 2004 Villalbeto de la Peña (Spain)

Sunday 17h47 millions of Spaniards celebrate the three kings Gaspard, Melchior et Balthazar who, guided by a star, reached Jesus. However, on this day, 2000 years later, thousands of people over practically all the country saw, them as well, a celestial object illuminate their lives.Did it announce the coming of a Messiah?
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Wednesday March 26, 2003 Park Forest (U.S.A)

A little before midnight in a suburb of Chicago, Robert Gaza sleeps deeply in his bed. Suddenly a meteorite pierces the roof of his house, breaks into two pieces and passes through the ceiling of his room.The smallest of the two pieces (178 g) goes through the window while the second (2,333 kg!) rebounds inside the room, breaking the lamp-shade, the mirror and finally stopping close to the 14 year old boy.The meteorite had exploded above the districts Park Forest, Matteson and Steger. Buildings and cars were damaged by the impact, but nobody was wounded...
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Saturday April 06, 2002 Neuschwanstein (Germany)

22h 20 two luminous flares illuminate successively the sky of Bavaria; a few minutes later, five deafening detonations are heard. The phenomenon is observed in Germany, Austria and even France.The bolide fell into the zone of the systematic observation stations of the EN Fireball network, 10 cameras of it (8 German, 1 Austrian, 1 Czech) caught the event and also 3 radio and 2 infrason stations, and seismographs, it revealed to us its origin and destiny.Fortunate discovery: it had the same orbit as meteorite of Pribram, which fell on April 7, 1959! For the first time an asteroid stream was shown to exist!
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Saturday May 06, 2000 Morávka (Czech Republic)

Thousands of people, from southern Poland to Moravie, observed this extremely luminous bolide.It was an extraordinary event; at its maximum the brightness was comparable to that of the sun!Just after the fireball, the fall of the meteorite was observed in a garden of a small Silesian village - Morávka - and a small piece was immediately found.
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Friday October 09, 1992 Peekskill (U.S.A)

Peekskill, 207 Weels Street, 19h50, a crashing noise resounds, Michelle Knapp runs to the window, a meteorite has just smashed the trunk of her car. A piece of 12,4 kg at a speed of more than 300 km/h had struck her Chevrolet Malibu.It's the most filmed bolide: not less than 15 vidéos followed its race, the majority of the cameramen were watching a football match.An anecdote: this small city is the birthplace of the hero of signs- Mel Gibson.Poor Mel, still persecuted by an "extra-terrestrial"...
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Saturday February 05, 1977 Innisfree (Canada)

Thirteen year-old Brendalee Walker witnesses:"It was approximately 7:15 pm. 5 February, 1977, and I was standing outside of the farmhouse, near the woodbox.[...] I was looking north and I saw what appeared to be car lights shining off our gas tank, and when I looked up the whole east sky was lit up. There was a large spark and about six little ones trailing, [...] They were all pure and very bright..."This bolide have been also photographed by MORP network,the Canadian network of cameras, and became thus the third meteorite, after Lost City and Pribram, of which one was able to deduce its orbit.
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Saturday January 03, 1970 Lost City (U.S.A)

A story of discovery: "Within 4 days of the event, the SAO's team predict the impact area. In these winter's days, snow falls and roads are closed.On afternoon of 9th, 700m has calculate, on the road, a directed meteorite, 9.83 kg, was found!A second was recovered by Philip Halpain in his pasture, 272 g, on 17th. And a third! 6.6 kg! on february 2 , the meteorite have also a fusion crust and some flow lines. Mr. Rufus Yaeger resides 600 m of the site, the evening on 3rd, he saw three red lights and heard sonic boom, he says to heard like something heavy hitting the ground, but it seems unlikely that he perceived this noise. Then last piece, 640 g, on May 4.
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Tuesday April 07, 1959 Príbram (Czech Republic)

Pribram is the first photographed terrestrial fall of a meterorite in all the history of the science of meteorites!The photograph was taken from the Ondrejov observation station in the Czech Republic.Thanks to this photographic technique it was finally possible to determine with precision the origin and falling point of a meteorite
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