Sunday, January 12, 2014

Another near-miss asteroid and numerous fireball sightings. Coincidence?



Once again, multiple fireball sightings seem to correspond to a "near miss" asteroid encounter. This happens more often than people realize. Asteroid 2014AW32 was not listed until after the "near miss" occurred. I'm not blaming NASA or astronomers for not seeing these guys in advance. Space is full of them. I would like to see them be more forthcoming about the coincidental nature of fireball sightings and these near misses. I am still putting together my findings on this subject and will post very soon.

Many reports are still pending and have not yet been categorized in to individual events, but after reviewing them, clearly there were more than one. Some even reported seeing multiple fireballs at the same time. Could one large object have broken up while entering our atmosphere or are these individual objects? Keep your eyes on the skies folks...it's getting interesting! 




via American Meteor Society

January 12, 2014

FIREBALL REPORTS» Browse all reports

We are currently investigating 75 reports about fireballs seen over AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, MA, ME, MN, MO, NC, ND, NV, NY, OH, TX, WA & WI and 2 reports from Canada and Mexico.

via Spaceweather

Recent & Upcoming Earth-asteroid encounters:
Asteroid
Date(UT)
Miss Distance
Size
2014 AD16
Jan 8
1.5 LD
15 m
2014 AE29
Jan 9
4.1 LD
15 m
2014 AW32
Jan 10
0.5 LD
15 m
2014 AZ32
Jan 11
6.2 LD
28 m
2007 SJ
Jan 21
18.9 LD
1.9 km
2012 BX34
Jan 28
9.6 LD
13 m
2006 DP14
Feb 10
6.2 LD
730 m
2000 EM26
Feb 18
8.8 LD
195 m
2000 EE14
Mar 6
64.6 LD
1.8 km
2003 QQ47
Mar 26
49.9 LD
1.4 km
Notes: LD means "Lunar Distance." 1 LD = 384,401 km, the distance between Earth and the Moon. 1 LD also equals 0.00256 AU. MAG is the visual magnitude of the asteroid on the date of closest approach.

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