We're in for a Bumpy Ride.
The latest meteor event is the "13th significant event so far this month, more than any other month in the history of the online AMS Fireball Report."
So, remember how a week ago, a gigantic meteor practically crashed into Texas, and floored everyone who saw it, from Average Joes to Amateur Astronomers? If not, you can read a full recap right here. The September 22nd shooting star that took Texas' collective breath away was one of many, though - August and September have been RECORD-SETTING months for meteor activity! Less than a year ago, an asteroid hit Russia and injured thousands, the same day a meteor hit Cuba and shook windows and damaged buildings, the same day the record-breaking flyby of Asteroid 2012 DA14 occurred... the sky may very well be falling, guys.
Well, the show's not over. Over the past few months, but especially in September, the fireball watch site AMSMeteors.org has been drowning in reports. And not just any reports. Modern-day star gazers in the US, at least, have never seen fireballs - fireballS, not fireball! - this big and this close. In addition to the Texas area mass meteor sighting on the 22nd, the 26th and the 28th were also huge days for meteor sightings.
The hotly anticipated Comet ISON is coming in November. Could these falling stars be debris from ISON? I'm a little afraid of what Santa is bringing us for the holidays this year...
Did you see one of these fireballs? You certainly had your chance! I was not so lucky, though. If you're like me, you can check out one of many videos. This one's from September 29th (location unknown):
The best meteor that I ever seen in 50 years of observing meteors.
Although it was all rather beautiful, it ended in tragedy. The fireball that screamed over Ohio brought death - pieces of it hit the home of an elderly couple, who later died of smoke inhalation:
As of the morning of September 28, 2013, a home outside of Peebles, Ohio, in the Locust Grove area of Adams County burned to the ground last night, the two residents of the home, an elderly couple, Jane and Lyle Lambert, died as a result of smoke inhalation.
Here's more video, this time from the perspective of a NASA's observatory in Ohio:
Something is up in our solar system. And it seems the Mayans saw this coming from light years away.
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