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The Mystery in the Sky*

Posted by on Mar. 30, 2009 at 9:39 PM
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Any Virginians here......

Emails about the mystery
in the sky

Updated: Monday, 30 Mar 2009, 3:13 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 30 Mar 2009, 7:32 AM EDT

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Emails received to the WAVY Newsroom:

9:51 p.m. - Jamie in Virginia Beach: boom heard at 9:42 pm; shook the house

9:55 p.m. - Jim in Virginia Beach: Hello, we heard a loud boom and the ground shook a little at about 21:48, the same noise was heard by my son's friend who lives in Bayside. We have no clue as to the origin of the noise nor it's damage. I pray it is not serious. Respectfully.

10:16 p.m. - Bernard in Virginia Beach: Just wanted to let you guys know that we our house also shook. We live off of centerville in virginia beach on the chesapeake line.

10:25 p.m. - Joe in Virginia Beach: At around 10 PM our time a rather Large BOOM took place. Shook the HOUSE. I called Police and they said they are looking and trying to find source, and had no further info. Shortly after call I hard 2 consecutive Booms that were not as Strong as the first. Close to Pleasant Valley, Indian Lakes, and Farrell PKY.

10:28 p.m. - Duane in Williamsburg: Subject- house shaking in williamsburg. I saw a flare flying through the air about 45 minutes ago. It should have landed between big bethel road and Hardy cash drive. Maybe close to comander sheppard/simple farm road. This was unusual. I stayed outside to listen for a noise, but on noise and nothing else.

10:31 p.m. - Carl in Virginia Beach: IS THE WORLD ENDING???

10:41 p.m. - Kelly in Onley: I just saw the newsclip about the bright light in the sky reported by several Hampton Roads and Williamsburg residents. I live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia (Onley, VA) and also witnessed the bright flashes and what appeared to be a fireball falling from the sky. I did not feel any rumble but could see the bright light and fireball very clearly. Since we live in the country with no street lights, I could see it vividly across the field. I saw three bright flashes which appeared to be lightning and then the bright fireball appeared. As it rapidly fell, the fire grew brighter and bigger. I have no idea what I saw, but it sure was scary. My eyes are still hurting from the extreme bright light and I keep seeing spots. I would really like to know what it was I saw. Thank you.

10:44 p.m. - Robert in Sunbury, NC: At 9:38 PM, I watched a meteor cross over Sunbury, NC. It was traveling from the West towards the East. My wife and our friend also saw this event. Very exciting!!!

11:01 p.m. - Alan in Hampton: At approx. 9pm I had just walked up to my kitchen sink and thought I saw lightening outside...I said to my wife, I just saw lightening and a minute later my dog who has a doggie doors comes in and he was spooked! He went directly upstairs which is what he does if he hears a loud noice etc... He is ver skiddish. I thought this was very weird then they said on the news, we do not know what is going on but they were getting reports!

11:06 p.m. - Kel in Norfolk: My Mom & I Both heard a LOUD Bang and felt a vibration or a Shake of the ground and house.

11:08 p.m. - Lou and Bill Pollard: My husband and I both heard a very large boom accompanied by rattling windows for about 10 seconds tonight. At first because of the wind we thought maybe there was a weather related reason, such as thunder. Then we guessed it might be an explosion of some sort or a crash on the highway just outside our neighborhood.

11:09 p.m. - Diana in Virginia Beach: At around 9:45 pm I was driving, almost to my house and saw the bright streak of light. It lit up the whole area. I thought it was just lightening because it branched out in the sky like lightening. Then I arrived at home, put some stuff in the house and went back out to help my roommate who was bringing stuff into the house too and that's when we both heard the explosion, but honestly, the noise was heard about 15 minutes after I saw the streak. In fact I had just finished telling my roommate that I saw some strange lightening when we heard the explosion. We thought it was fireworks or something. But the noise occurred at least 10-15 minutes after the light. Weird!

11:10 p.m. - Richard in Virginia Beach: At some time this evening between about 9 and 10 I was lying in bed ready to go to sleep when I heard a loud bang and my house shook. It felt as if a car had hit the building. I went outside to investigate and the winds had picked up but I couldn't see anything that may have hit the house. I went back to bed. Then, as I was turning the channel at 11 o'clock, I heard your story about the possible meteorite this evening. I wonder if the sound I heard was a sonic boom that shook my house. That certainly would fit with the idea of a meteorite as it slows down through the atmosphere. Anyway, I thought you might like to hear my story. Have a good night.

11:12 p.m. - Mike in Chesapeake: There was a loud boom that literally shook my house Sun evening. It reminded me of several things including; plane crash, sound barrier broke, transformmer blew up. I understand that the noise was heard in a broad area. I just wanted to give my opinion. I was in the

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gogetem
by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2009 at 9:47 PM

huh... I'm in Virginia Beach, but I had several margaritas last night.  lol.  I didn't notice anything.  I'll ask my husband when he gets home from work if he heard of anything happening (he works on the jets).

Really, though... the military is up to so much that we are unaware of.  Things like this often happen.  Less likely in an area like this, but my desert hometown had consistent sound barrier breaks and test bombs dropped that would rattle our houses. 

blondekosmic15
by on Mar. 30, 2009 at 9:51 PM


Quoting gogetem:

huh... I'm in Virginia Beach, but I had several margaritas last night.  lol.  I didn't notice anything.  I'll ask my husband when he gets home from work if he heard of anything happening (he works on the jets).

Really, though... the military is up to so much that we are unaware of.  Things like this often happen.  Less likely in an area like this, but my desert hometown had consistent sound barrier breaks and test bombs dropped that would rattle out houses. 


Margaritas...sounds great! Love to hear what your dh says. Astronomy is an interest of mine & my dh.

Da1nOnlyDestiny
by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2009 at 9:53 PM

Explosions, Fireballs in Virginia Skies May Have Been Russian Rocket

Monday, March 30, 2009
By Andrea Thompson

 AP


March 26: Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The mysterious boom and flash of light seen over parts of Virginia Sunday night was not a meteor, but actually exploding space junk from the second stage of a Russian Soyuz rocket falling back to Earth, according to an official with the U.S. Naval Observatory.

"I'm pretty convinced that what these folks saw was the second stage of the Soyuz rocket that launched the crew up to the space station," said Jeff Chester of the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

Residents of the areas around Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., began calling 911 last night with reports of hearing a loud boom and seeing a streak of light that lit up the sky, according to news reports.

Chester heard about the incident this morning; the Naval Observatory gets plenty of reports of such fireballs and Chester investigated whether it could be a meteor or whether there were "any potential decays of space junk that were coming up," he told SPACE.com.

• Click here to visit FOXNews.com's Space Center.

He checked the listing for debris that were expected to enter the lower atmosphere from their decaying orbits around this time period and found that second stage of the Soyuz rocket that launched last Thursday was slated to hit during a window that started at 8 p.m. last night.

The Russian-built Soyuz rocket lifted off Thursday from the Central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to launch a new crew and American billionaire Charles Simonyi - the world's first two-time space tourist - to the International Space Station. The spaceflyers arrived at the space station on Saturday.

Chester ran a satellite tracking program that showed that the rocket debris should have come down exactly in the area where the fireball was spotted.

"This is just too much of a coincidence to be coincidence," he said.

Chester said that U.S. Space Surveillance Network had not yet confirmed that this was the case, but said that he was "99 and four one-hundredths [percent] convinced that this is what it is."

The descriptions of the boom and streak of light reported by local residents were "entirely consistent with re-entering space junk, especially something this big," Chester said.

Delta airline pilot Bryce Debban reported seeing the streak of light on a flight from Boston to Raleigh-Durham when his plane was about 31,000 feet in the air.

"We saw it streak across the sky and then blow up," Debban told SPACE.com. "It was brighter than the full moon. It lit up the cockpit as if it were daylight."

James Zimbelman of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Sciences said that the explosion being caused by a re-entering rocket was very plausible.

It "sounds all too reasonable," he said.

A rocket stage would fragment and explode "just as if it were a meteorite," he said.

And the size of the rocket would explain why the explosion was seen over so wide an area.

The Soyuz rockets jettison their second stage after entering orbit in such a way that the second stage will slowly fall back to earth in a few days.

But "you can control precisely where these things are going to come down," Chester said.

It's possible that some fragments of the rocket made it to the Earth's surface, but they would likely have a couple of hundreds of miles east of Cape Hatteras, Chester said.

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blondekosmic15
by on Mar. 30, 2009 at 9:57 PM


Quoting Da1nOnlyDestiny:

Explosions, Fireballs in Virginia Skies May Have Been Russian Rocket

Monday, March 30, 2009
By Andrea Thompson

 AP


March 26: Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The mysterious boom and flash of light seen over parts of Virginia Sunday night was not a meteor, but actually exploding space junk from the second stage of a Russian Soyuz rocket falling back to Earth, according to an official with the U.S. Naval Observatory.

"I'm pretty convinced that what these folks saw was the second stage of the Soyuz rocket that launched the crew up to the space station," said Jeff Chester of the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

Residents of the areas around Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., began calling 911 last night with reports of hearing a loud boom and seeing a streak of light that lit up the sky, according to news reports.

Chester heard about the incident this morning; the Naval Observatory gets plenty of reports of such fireballs and Chester investigated whether it could be a meteor or whether there were "any potential decays of space junk that were coming up," he told SPACE.com.

• Click here to visit FOXNews.com's Space Center.

He checked the listing for debris that were expected to enter the lower atmosphere from their decaying orbits around this time period and found that second stage of the Soyuz rocket that launched last Thursday was slated to hit during a window that started at 8 p.m. last night.

The Russian-built Soyuz rocket lifted off Thursday from the Central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to launch a new crew and American billionaire Charles Simonyi - the world's first two-time space tourist - to the International Space Station. The spaceflyers arrived at the space station on Saturday.

Chester ran a satellite tracking program that showed that the rocket debris should have come down exactly in the area where the fireball was spotted.

"This is just too much of a coincidence to be coincidence," he said.

Chester said that U.S. Space Surveillance Network had not yet confirmed that this was the case, but said that he was "99 and four one-hundredths [percent] convinced that this is what it is."

The descriptions of the boom and streak of light reported by local residents were "entirely consistent with re-entering space junk, especially something this big," Chester said.

Delta airline pilot Bryce Debban reported seeing the streak of light on a flight from Boston to Raleigh-Durham when his plane was about 31,000 feet in the air.

"We saw it streak across the sky and then blow up," Debban told SPACE.com. "It was brighter than the full moon. It lit up the cockpit as if it were daylight."

James Zimbelman of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Sciences said that the explosion being caused by a re-entering rocket was very plausible.

It "sounds all too reasonable," he said.

A rocket stage would fragment and explode "just as if it were a meteorite," he said.

And the size of the rocket would explain why the explosion was seen over so wide an area.

The Soyuz rockets jettison their second stage after entering orbit in such a way that the second stage will slowly fall back to earth in a few days.

But "you can control precisely where these things are going to come down," Chester said.

It's possible that some fragments of the rocket made it to the Earth's surface, but they would likely have a couple of hundreds of miles east of Cape Hatteras, Chester said.

Copyright © 2009 Imaginova Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Thank you for the interesting info.....

Da1nOnlyDestiny
by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2009 at 10:00 PM

i think it is a cover story


                                                                

         

blondekosmic15
by on Mar. 30, 2009 at 11:22 PM

 

Quoting Da1nOnlyDestiny:

i think it is a cover story

 


I have been reading about comets for the past few yrs......a lil' scary!

Rare Comet Close-Up Coming to a Sky Near You

By Michael Wall EmailFebruary 20, 2009 | 6:36:42 PMCategories: Space  

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NASA's Swift Gamma-Ray Explorer satellite took this shot of Comet Lulin on Jan. 28, and regular folks may be able to catch their own glimpse with binoculars on February 23.

 

The image was taken as the comet was passing through the constellation Libra, 100 million miles from Earth and 115 million miles from the sun. It combines data from Swift's optical and ultraviolet telescope (the blue colors) and its X-ray telescope (red). The star-field background comes from a Digital Sky Survey image.

Lulin's tail — grit and grains from the comet's rock-and-ice surface pushed off into space by solar radiation — extends to the right. Lulin is shedding 800 gallons of water every second, according to NASA astronomers. That's enough to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool in less than 15 minutes.

Solar radiation also breaks comet water down into hydroxyl particles, composed of one oxygen and one hydrogen atom. Swift determined that the hydroxyl cloud around Lulin is about 250,000 miles wide, slightly greater than the distance from the Earth to the moon.

Lulin, discovered in July 2007, is now visible to the naked eye in dark, rural skies. But the view will get better: On the night of Feb. 23, Lulin will pass within 38 million miles of Earth, appearing about 2 degrees south-southwest of Saturn in the night sky. Stargazers with binoculars should get a good look. By mid-March, Lulin will have zoomed off into deep space and out of sight.

http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/02/cometlulin.html

Da1nOnlyDestiny
by Bronze Member on Mar. 31, 2009 at 7:44 AM

either a comet or testing and preparations and they don't want to scare people. one or the other. I don't believe it was rocket debris because NASA would have issued a statement far quicker than anyone else.

                                                                

         

gogetem
by Bronze Member on Mar. 31, 2009 at 2:44 PM

That's how I feel... It's GOT to be military related... somehow.  We're surrounded by military here... the jets fly right over our noses on a daily basis... so close that I can feel the jet fuel trickle onto my face as they pass.  There are goings on that we are entirely clueless about.  There are goings on that my husband knows about but can't tell ME about.  I think this happened at a scary time, what with North Korea and Iran's actions.  Norfolk holds the world's largest military base.  Virginia Beach has a master jet base.  I'm not going to lie, this whole episode leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  I'm sure this story will just dissolve and be lost without any questions answered   =(

I asked my husband, by the way, if he had heard of anything.  All he heard was his chief going off about what he saw and wondering himself what the heck it was.


Quoting Da1nOnlyDestiny:

either a comet or testing and preparations and they don't want to scare people. one or the other. I don't believe it was rocket debris because NASA would have issued a statement far quicker than anyone else.


It's okay.   


My rats think you're gross, too.


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