Wednesday, March 23, 2016

FIRE IN THE SKY: The Latest Fireball Sightings - Green Meteor-Fireball Seen Across England On St. Patrick's Day Was The Brightest EVER Recorded; The Rate Of Fireballs Over The United States So Far In 2016 Is HIGHER THAN 2015; Camera At Old Faithful In Yellowstone National Park Captures Fireball Followed By Strange Flash Of Light! [VIDEOS]

Meteor over Ringwood in Hampshire, UK.

March 23, 2016 - SPACE - The following constitutes several of the latest reports of fireballs, seen in the skies, across the globe.

Green meteor-fireball seen across England on St. Patrick's Day was brightest ever recorded

A bright meteor has been sighted over Britain in the early hours. Witnesses have described the object as a green flash moving south to north for a few seconds, leaving a magnesium-white trail. Sightings have been reported in locations including London, Hampshire, Stafford and on the east coast of England at 03:16 GMT.

Its colour has prompted people on Twitter to describe it as the St Patrick's Day meteor.

Describing the meteor as "spectacular", Dr John Mason of the British Astronomical Association said it was bright enough to be categorised as a fireball.

He believes it was a piece of cosmic rock which almost certainly came from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. He said the green colour was caused by the meteor heating up the oxygen in the earth's atmosphere.

Richard Kacerek, from the UK Meteor Observation Network, told the BBC it had received reports from across the country. He said the network's camera at Church Crookham in Hampshire had captured the meteor from the west. "This is the biggest meteor sighting we have recorded," Mr Kacerek said. "It lasted for a few seconds. It was seen for hundreds of miles. We have received a number of emails."

WATCH: Meteor over England.

- BBC News.

Rate of meteor fireballs over US so far in 2016 is higher than 2015

While March is usually a slow month for meteor showers as none of the major annual events occur this month, the American Meteor Society has reported six major fireball events since March 1 and NASA says fireballs can increase as much as 30 percent in spring.

A fireball is defined as a meteor that is brighter than the planet Venus and usually has a bright trailing tail.

The reason for the increase in fireball activity is "still unknown," NASA says, but one thought is simply that more space debris litters the Earth's orbit near the spring equinox, which is March 20. According to the AMS, 2016 has seen an increase in the number of reported fireballs. Since Jan. 1, 910 fireballs have been reported through its online report program, compared to 839 reports received during the same time last year.

On March 5, 99 fireball reports were made in central to northern Florida. Two people in Davie reported spotting a fireball with one noting that "it fell out of a cloud" making the angle of entrance hard to determine.

WATCH: This fireball was caught over Missouri on March 4.

Camera at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park captures meteor fireball followed by strange flash of light

© YouTube/Kat Martin2016 (screen capture)

Watch this awesome fireball disintegrating in the sky of Yellowstone National Park just near Old Faithful Geyser on February 29, 2016. But what is this big flash of light toward the end of the recording? OMG an earthquake light?

This timelaspe video shows a fireball striking over the Yellowstone National Park on February 29, 2016. But at the end of the footage, 25 seconds after the beginning, a bright flash of light cuts off the silent darkness.

 WATCH: Big flash at Yellowstone.

So what is this mysterious glow at the end of the video?

Probably not from the fireball as it disappears already in the first seconds of the video.

Is it a camera flash from tourists visiting the spot at night? This light is not a person on the mound with a flashlight, nor is it a car light, nor are there any street lights, walkway lights, or helicopters flying over. They are not allowed to walk there.

This whole mound is lit up for several seconds, then goes dark. Could it be a rare earthquake light, which releases a form of plasma light energy due to geologic stresses.

That's my preferred explanation. But please tell me what's this strange glowing light at the end of the video? - Strange Sounds.

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