11:30:00 AM

Meteor Explosion Surprises Pacific Island Nation of Niue 04AUG2011...Story From Space.com

Just Released Story From SPACE.COM Describes Massive Meteor Fireball Explosion Over Niue Roughly 1750 Miles NE of Wellington New Zealand and 300 Miles South Of American Samoa

Italian astrophotographer Lorenzo Lovato photographed this spectacular fireball from the 1998 Leonid meteor shower on Nov. 17, 1998.
 A meteor that exploded over the Pacific Ocean last week gave a late-night shock to the residents of the small island nation of Niue, according to press reports. Niue police officials say the exploding meteor created a huge bang over the island, waking up some of the 1,200 people who call Niue home, the Agence-France Presse reported.
Officials with New Zealand's Carter Observatory said the bang was most likely a fireball from a meteor exploding about 12 1/2 miles (25 km) above Niue.

One potential source of the fireball is the Perseid meteor shower, which is currently underway and is expected to peak on Aug. 13, though the bright full moon may outshine the "shooting star" display.
AFP reported that the bang occurred Wednesday night (Aug. 3), though Radio New Zealand stated that the event occurred on Tuesday evening (Aug. 2).
Mark Chenery, chief of Niue's police force, told Radio New Zealand that there were no reports of damage, though he initially thought that a boat had exploded at the Niue wharf. Radio New Zealand reported that the bang actually occurred Tuesday night (Aug. 2).
"There was a large, a huge clap of thunder but it was its normal starry night outside," Chenery told Radio New Zealand. "People have described seeing a white light, like a flare, shooting across the sky … it was certainly heard island-wide."
Meteor explosions and fireballs are caused when a space rock enters Earth's atmosphere, but does not reach the ground to become a meteorite. While most meteors burn up and disintegrate, some can explode to create dazzlingly loud fireballs.

3:54:00 AM

Fort Worth, TX Meteor Fireball 07AUG2011

Email From:
Brian S.-Fort Worth, TX:
Hi, on sunday aug. 7th about 1.15 am cdt I saw a fireball cross the sky from north to south. i live just outside Fort Worth ,TX .I have not heard anything about it and was wondering if anyone else saw it. Thanks Brian

3:11:00 AM

FIRST DISCOVERY...Scientists Find Opal-Like Crystals In Tagish Lake, Canada Meteorite Fall

First opal-like crystals discovered in meteorite

Scientists have found opal-like crystals in the Tagish Lake meteorite, which fell to Earth in Canada in 2000. This is the first extraterrestrial discovery of these unusual crystals, which may have formed in the primordial cloud of dust that produced the sun and planets of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago, according to a report in the Journal of the American Chemical Society....MORE ON THIS DISCOVERY HERE!

1:54:00 AM

F-I-T-S- Inquiries Indicate Widely Seen Green Florida Fireball 06AUG2011

Fireball Internet Traffic Sources Suggest Large FL Meteor Fireball Event 06AUG2011
EMAILS NEEDED TO CONFIRM AND TRIGGER SEARCH FOR VIDEO SOURCES !! 

***If you are searching for information about this fireball and witnessed it, please leave a report of what you saw at wxtx01@gmail.com Please include the date and time, the direction you were facing/driving, the direction in which the object moved (upper left to lower right etc.) approximate size and brightness compared to a full moon, color, any flashes, streaks, fragmentation and any sounds or delayed sounds such as sonic booms, hisses, sizzles etc. Thank you! Your information is vital to research/recovery efforts so please take time to report.***

UPDATE !!! Email Confirmation Of This Event Just Received...

Email From:
Michelle-Sarasota, FL:
I witnessed an amazing fireball in the sky on the evening of Saturday August 6th, 2011 between Apx 11:00pm & 11:30pm in Sarasota, FL.
The fireball was a bright blue & green in color with a white tail......I was sitting indoors at the time with the lights turned down very low. The windows in the living room face east and it gives me a very good view of the night sky from where i was sitting.  The fireball was arching in the sky and moving from a west to east direction (heading east). We live about a half mile west of McIntosh Middle School in Sarasota, and i'm quite sure the direction of travel of this fireball would have been east and going right over this school.
I'm not sure of the altitude or height from the ground, but it did appear to be quite low and arching down towards the earth and at a steady rate of speed.
Do these size and type of fireballs aften impact the earth?.....and from ones that are witnessed, are the impact locations and the debris often found??
Are these witnessed fireballs often large in size?
Did anyone else witness this particular fireball?.........any information would be very interesting & appreciated.
Thanks.
Michelle.
Sarasota, FL.     thank you Michelle! Excellent report! I've sent you an email in response to your questions...thanks again!

Robin C.-Orlando, FL:
I know you already received confirmation from someone else, but I just wanted to respond as well since I'm in a different part of the state. This was visible from Orlando (central Florida) as well. I was sitting on my back porch reading and shortly after 11:00 PM I glanced up and saw this ball arching through the sky away from me. I'm horrible with the whole NSEW thing, so I can't tell you for sure the direction. The front was wide, the tail was short in comparison to the width and even from that distance it looked like the tip could almost be red...like something burning up.
We haven't seen anything on the news so I was really curious about what this could have been.
Thanks.
Robin   thank you Robin!

Kimberly N.-Estero, FL:
Sat aug 6, 2011 aprox 11:00pm Facing east saw a glowing green ball moving very fast through the clouds from west to east was not as large as a full moon but maybe 1/3 as large and as bright.  No sound at all, sighting only lasted for a couple of seconds.  Never saw any thing like it before,often look up at the night sky.     thanks Kimberly!

Anonymous-Sarasota, FL:
Approx. 11:00 pm I saw an incredible green light streaking the sky, west to east. It was amazingly bright and linear, like a giant glow stick flying through the sky. It was so fast that by the time I got my family to turn around, it was gone. Of course they thought I had imagined it...so I'm so happy to find these other posts!!     thanks whoever you are!

Cindy S.-Winter Haven, FL:
I posted on my facebook page immediatley after i seen the fireball- star- meteor- what ever it was, it was absolutely awesome.   It was the evening of aug. 6 @ 11:15 pm   I was on the end of the dock on lake grassy in Winter Haven Fl fishing when it first caught my eye. Up in the sky, over the top of my head ,it seemed to fall , almost float down. It was so close I thought it was gonna splash into the water.I was facing south, so if you say from my positioning it would be 11 oclock in the direction of the sky when I first seen it. It didnt come straight down, only slightly from a left to right
angle. As it came down it was a very bright orange  firey but not red color. When it fell through the clouds the whole cloud was glowing color.  The same bright color of the object. As it broke through each cloud it seemed to magnify in light. But what was the most exciting thing of all, was how dang close the thing was. It seemed hughe! I really thought if it was gonna hit in the water in front of me, I was surely gonna get wet. This thing was close. Very Very close. I was so excited i went running  back inside as quick as i could and posted my sighting on facebook. I am including a copy of it for you.                                                                                                                                                                &n bsp;                     
 
        Here is my status from the night of 8 6 2011  Thanks for letting me share and good luck  Cindy Sanford                                                Remove Post
 
I was just out on the dock fishing, and you just wouldnt believe the most awesome falling, not shooting, but falling star I just seen!!! It was so close , that as it fell down through the clouds, it illuminated the whole cloud with these bright beautiful firey colors. It was so close I thought it would splash the water in front of me!!! (Chyrl, you better check your backyard , it may had fallen over there.. LOL!! PRAISE YOU LORD! For such a magnificent sight!
August 6 at 11:24pm
 
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Initial F.I.T.S. Inquiries:
Seminole, Florida arrived from google.com on "elp allsky: Central FL Gulf Coast Green Meteor Fireball 27APR2011..." by searching for pinellas meteorite.
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Brandon, Florida arrived from google.com on "elp allsky" by searching for green glowing ball in night sky.
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Pinellas Park, Florida arrived from google.com on "elp allsky: Central FL Gulf Coast Green Meteor Fireball 27APR2011..." by searching for meteorite pinellas.
22:54:58 -- 2 hours 51 mins ago

Micanopy, Florida arrived from google.com on "elp allsky: Possible Northern California Blue/Green Meteor Fireball 14JUL2011" by searching for green meteorite.
21:50:06 -- 3 hours 55 mins ago

Kissimmee, Florida arrived from google.com on "elp allsky: Jul 24, 2011" by searching for green light with glow in the sky over kissimmee fl august 6 2011.
21:33:46 -- 4 hours 11 mins ago

1:40:00 AM

Bright Green Central Arizona Meteor Fireball Reported To ELPALLSKY 06AUG2011

This Event Was Visible Over The Highly Populated Area Of Phoenix, AZ. Between 7:50 And 8:00 P.M. (around local dusk) 06AUG2011. More Reports Needed !!

***If you are searching for information about this fireball and witnessed it, please leave a report of what you saw at wxtx01@gmail.com Please include the date and time, the direction you were facing/driving, the direction in which the object moved (upper left to lower right etc.) approximate size and brightness compared to a full moon, color, any flashes, streaks, fragmentation and any sounds or delayed sounds such as sonic booms, hisses, sizzles etc. Thank you! Your information is vital to research/recovery efforts so please take time to report.***
Email From:
Kristi R.P.-On The Road West of Phoenix:
I wrote back in June bc I saw a green light and tonight I saw it again!
I was heading West on I-10 passing Jackrabbit when I looked to the NW sky and saw a green light falling straight down. It did not hit surface or make any sound.
This happened 8/6/11 aprox @ 7:55pm in AzI would look btwn 750-8pm to be safe. Please email me and let me know if this was tracked like the last one.
Thanks!
Kristi    thank you for your loyalty Kristi! Other reports needed!! If you saw this fireball, PLEASE REPORT IT HERE

bmotzkin-Lake Mead, AZ:
On Saturday 8-6-11 I saw a green streak in the sky. It had a tail with a greenish ball at the end. It happened sometime around dusk, maybe close to 7:45-8:00 pm. We were at Temple Bar Marina on the water near the fuel dock at Lake Mead in AZ looking back towards the restaurant. I would say it traveled from the South to the West and fell from the left to the right as it fell. It did not hit land and there was not any noise.     thank you! This certainly helps!

F.I.T.S. (fireball internet traffic sources) Inquiries:
B M Goldwater A F Range, Arizona arrived on "elp allsky: BREAKING METEOR FIREBALL NEWS...Phoenix, Tempe AZ Green Daylight Fireball Report 08JUN2011".
23:31:06 -- 2 hours 11 mins ago