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Flash in the whole sky - Central Texas

 
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Mysterious bright flash in sky reported across Texas

Credit: KHOU
KHOU 11 News viewer Mary Bush, in the Houston area, took this photo about two minutes after the flash.
by MARJORIE OWENS
WFAA
Posted on December 7, 2012 at 8:34 AM
Updated today at 2:29 PM
DALLAS - From McKinney to the White Rock Lake area and all the way south to Houston, a bright flash reported in the sky Friday morning captured the attention of many across the Lone Star State.
While early reports indicated it was likely a meteor, the National Weather Service in Houston reported Friday afternoon that it may have been debris from the Russian Satellite Cosmos 2251 as it reentered the atmosphere.
In 2009, the Cosmos 2251 satellite, which was not in working condition at the time, collided with Iridium 33, a United States communication satellite, in 2009 as they orbited Earth over Siberia.
Meanwhile, Bill Cooke, who heads the Meteoroid Environment Office for NASA, told KRLD that the object was actually a meteor, and was likely the size of a basketball.
As researchers continue to investigate the source of the flash, reports of sightings continue to grow across Texas.
One McKinney woman reported seeing what appeared to be a comet streaking across the sky in a bright flash around 6:42 a.m. near Stonebridge Shopping Center.
Justin Wagoner, who lives in the White Rock Lake area, said he saw a green trail and heard a large "sonic boom" around the same time. Others reported seeing white and orange colors. The sight only lasted a few seconds before vanishing in the sky.
According to Dr. James Roberts, a University of North Texas astronomer who talked to WBAP early Friday morning, the mysterious object in the sky was likely a burned up meteor. A KHOU meteorologist in Houston said it may have been part of the Geminids meteor shower, which takes place in December. The meteorites often appear to be slow moving and are usually best seen at its peak on December 13 and 14.
However, Mike Hankey, the operations manager with the American Meteor Society, said later in the morning he believed the meteor was likely a fireball, a meteor brighter than Venus, and not a part of the Geminid shower.
"For those not familiar with meteors and fireballs, a fireball is a meteor that is larger than normal," read a report on the American Meteor Society's online site. "Most meteors are only the size of small pebbles. A meteor the size of a softball can produce light equivalent to the full moon for a short instant. The reason for this is the extreme velocity at which these objects strike the atmosphere."
Seeing a fireball is something not everyone gets a chance to do in their lifetime, according to Hankey.
"While fireballs are actually pretty common across the globe, they happen every night, to actually see one in your area is very rare," he said. "If you see one once in your life, you are very lucky."
The loud boom heard by some could be explained by what happens when a large fireball breaks apart, Hankey went on to explain.
"Really big fireballs that break apart and cause a sonic boom are called 'bolides," Hankey said. "Bolides usually drop meteorites to the ground. It is still not known if this was a bolide or just a fireball."
Since some reported hearing a loud noise, Hankey said that leaves open the possibility that the meteor may have been a bolide.
"Sonic boom means there are meteorites on the ground," he went on to explain. "Why? Because the meteor would have had to penetrate the atmosphere deep enough to make a sonic boom, When it gets that deep, there's practically no chance of it vaporizing in the air. Most meteors vaporize in the upper atmosphere, but when they make it low enough to cause a sonic boom, they are generally big enough to leave meteorites."
While Hankey said the meteor was likely not associated with the Geminids as they are usually dimmer and move at a faster pace, he said the organization is looking further into the case to determine the exact type of meteor that was sighted.
METEOR TERMINOLOGY AS DEFINED BY AMS:
• Meteoroid: Object floating in space
• Meteor: Light effect caused by meteoroid hitting the earth
• Fireball: Meteor brighter than Venus
• Bolide: Fireball that explodes / fragments into many parts (and usually leaves meteorites)
• Meteorite: A space rock / meteoroid that survives entry into the atmosphere and hits the ground
Did you capture the sight on video or picture? Share it here or send it to pix@wfaa.com.
KHOU contributed to this report
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At around 6:45am this morning was heading west on Sh45 south of Austin tx. I noticed a very brief brightening of the sky, I did not hear anything. I didn't think much of it but I did notice it.

This year there has been moderate fog from 5am to 8-11am nearly EVERY morning east of Austin on sh130. It is odd I have been driving this road daily since it was built and while there is usually a light morning fog, it has been rather extreme and constant everyday anyone I've talked to about it has also been wondering why the change.

There was significant cloud cover and I saw this brief flash right before the sun came up and started breaking up the clouds, the flash was atmospheric for sure it was not bright enough to cast a shadow in my area and had I not seen this thread I wouldn't have ever given it a second thought.
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Secretive X-37B Spy Shuttle December Launch - Space War news

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Posted this b4 work:

Thread: NEVER SEEN A UFO UNTIL NOW?!


About 6:45ish AM.

Maybe I'm not right about what a comet ACTUALLY looks like-

But from reading, that Large, Green, Flash in the sky(with a tail), seems to have been a comet. Weirdest thing I've seen ALL year.

Someone needs to investigate around N DFW, very Odd Area....
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PHOTOS of the Mysterious Bright Flash In Sky Reported Across Texas

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The eq in the general area made me think of a couple of things

1. I have heard there are rainbows sometimes before an EQ. This is the energy wave/compression building force in the area and can be seen in some wavelength

2. The gas/not gas explosions in several areas along the New Madrid, blamed on various such as munitions depot in Louisiana, gas pipe in Massachusetts being punctured by tech, homeowner in Indiana

What if there is a non-declared war or "testing the waters" and testing of 0's backbone for US defenses...I mean what if we on the continental US were getting a few bombs/mini-emps/missles dropped on us now and then by some other alliance. How would we defend against that? Deflect them? 0 does not have the guts to stand up for bengazi attack, nor for sandy victims, it inconvenience's his golf/basketball/beer time so he just ignores it all...wait waiting for their weapons to be perfected and aligned and then BOOM the BIG ones hit and we are toasted marshmallows. While he is out of harms way in ...Hawaii let's say.
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lots of people have seen a flash in the night before?
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star wars missile defense at work?

all these are meteors now?

winkwink

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Any chance this might be from an EMP weapon? (Especially considering yesterday's telephone pole fires)



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Any chance this might be from an EMP weapon? (Especially considering yesterday's telephone pole fires)



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