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#1 Hum

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 23:43

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hours after a meteor exploded over Russia and injured more than 1,000 people and an asteroid passed relatively close to Earth, residents in California reported seeing an unusual flash of light over the San Francisco Bay area that left many startled and thrilled.

Based on reports, the light streaking in the Northern California sky was a sporadic meteor, or fireball, and not a major event, said Mike Hankey, operations manager for the American Meteor Society, based in Genesee, N.Y. The group recorded at least 35 reports of the event, he said.

"Fireballs happen every single night, all around the world," he said.

Experts say smaller meteorites hit earth five to 10 times a year but chances of a large meteor passing, such as the one that streaked over Chelyabinsk, Russia, are much rarer. Another meteor landed in the Bay Area in October and caused a loud sonic boom, a sound that could have been from the meteor traveling faster than the speed of sound, officials said at the time.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 00:50

Nothing new, especially for 'Frisco of late - two big ones have entered that airspace since last fall; the one in October. & another the article missed in January.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:08

Weather baloon

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:10

Planet reflection
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:28

I was waiting for a UFO story to show itself lol

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:37

Just the Russians getting back at us for the one we sent over there.

http://gothamist.com...w_weapon_te.php

Kidding, or course.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:46

Torsion Fields

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:49

USS Enterprise, in accidental time warp.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:57

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:26

i was chatting with my local news weatherman and he thinks were caught in some type of debris field, makes sense since cuba also had an incident. still concerning to say the least.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:46

The Cuba incident turned out to be a hoax - a bit of me-too-ism in light of the attention their major patron was getting.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:05

Not another school shooting?

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:38

What I found odd was, for weeks on the bloated broadcasting corporation, a.k.a as the BBC, they ran stories about a Meteor coming close to earth.

It was 17,000 miles away.

Why this was news is beyond me.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:46

It was a big deal because an asteroid passing within 17,000 miles, closer than communications satellites, is considered a very close near-miss. One little nudge, gravitational or being hit by another body, a few weeks ago could have parked that sucker in someones back yard - a very bad day.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:50

Nah, just swamp gas