Flash Of Light Update

| January 12, 2011 @ 5:11 pm | 20 Replies

For those that missed it… there was a bright flash in the sky visible across the southern U.S. last night all the way from Oklahoma to North Carolina around 8:50 p.m. CST. So far, no really plausible explanation. But, I just received this from Bill Cooke of Marshall Space Flight Center’s Space Environments Team in Huntsville…

“Was apparently very energetic – have a confirmed detection from an infrasound station in Canada, and are working out the energy. Another station in the eastern US is being polled to see if we can triangulate a location.

Stay tuned…


So… the bottom line is that we still don’t know what it was, but some very smart people with NASA are working on it. Stay tuned…


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  1. Kim says:

    Is this true??? If so…it explains!

    Upcoming Close Asteroid Approaches
    by Mike Hankey
    Be on the lookout for extra fireballs today and tomorrow. On January 11th, 2011, 5 different NEOs (Near Earth Asteroids) will fly past Earth. There is an increased chance that fragments from these NEOs may hit Earth, creating large bright green fireballs. Have your cameras ready!

  2. finebammer says:

    “but some very smart people with NASA are working on it. Stay tuned…”


  3. Mike Clarke says:

    This was the most spectacular falling star event that I have ever experienced. I was out on my patio and just happened to be looking at the right spot in the sky and saw a fireball low on the horizon that was very bright and seconds later a flash in the sky like a bomb had gone off. I came inside and posted on my fb page what I had just seen and then went back out and there was what appeared to be a large cloud of smoke in the sky coming from the point of impact. There were no other clouds in the sky at the time. Awesome!!!

  4. Telena Davidson says:

    Mike, just curious….What part of the country do you live in? was there any noise associated with it? We are from Alabama and heard, about the same time that this was seen, what sounded like a low-flying jet, but it lasted too long…just a weird sound. We live in Birmingham. Anyway, just wondering if this is what we heard. My husband even made the comment, That sounds like a long-range missile….

  5. Jeff says:

    Santa making a late return from South American run?

  6. AM says:

    Very interesting. I remember what i was doing at that time but wasn’t looking outside so I missed it. Darn. I’ve seen the fireball (meteorites) with the green tails. They truly are awesome sights.

  7. david wright says:

    Oh good lord. If some “very smart people from the government is looking into it.” We will never find out what it was. They will just say we was sniffing to much swamp gas.

  8. jonzie says:

    I SAW IT!!! I thought I was losing my mind. It looked like a huge flash of lightning but there were no clouds in the sky!!! It was really weird. Glad to know I’m not crazy!!

  9. B. J. Deming says:

    My guess is that Mr. Cooke is referring to the Elginfield array up in Canada. I looked up “infrasound” on the Web after reading the above post, and found this good site on meteor physics, in lay terms, if anyone is interested: http://meteor.uwo.ca/research/infrasound/is_whatisIS.html

    Thank you!

  10. Alayna Woods says:

    I saw this too! I just happened to be looking towards the window which had the blinds drawn, but the light was so bright that it made me go to the window to look out. At first I thought a transformer had exploded because of the ice or something… then I realized I didn’t *hear* anything so I thought maybe there were emergency workers out on the main road. I went and opened the blinds & it was pitch black outside. Super crazy. I never thought twice about it until I saw this link on FB.

  11. Kathy says:

    I heard a loud sound -sounded like a low flying plane or something else. I even hollered to my husband who was downstairs. It was strange. I half wondered if it was the snow falling off our roofline. Found this link about the flash.

  12. Kathy says:

    I heard a loud noise and thought it was either a loud plane or the snow/ice coming off the roof. Glad I’m not cracking up.

  13. Kathy says:

    Did you see the cool video of the flash? Go over to CNN.

  14. Chris says:

    Here is a link: http://www.wkrg.com/alabama/article/meteor-flashes-across-alabama-sky/1203998/Jan-12-2011_6-17-pm/

    Many people in South Central Mississippi were talking about this near the site of the crash. I believe the Clarion Ledger had an article about it also.

  15. Scott says:

    Could it be related to the dead birds in Athens, Alabama on I-65? Strange timing if you ask me?

  16. JB says:

    We were in Northern Arizona Headed from The Grand Canyon to Sunrise Ski Park in Greer and we(all 3 of us) saw a Light that lit up the entire horizon for 2-3 seconds like a very strong bolt of lightning but we could not see a source. This was Saturday night between 7-9 …it was a LONG empty drive.

  17. Peg says:

    I just “googled” “Dead birds in Al. & Ar.” and it brought up articles from La. & Ca. where 100’s of birds had been recently found dead along side the road there also.

  18. Angie Butler says:

    Probably alien snowbirds and upon seeing all this ice and snow kicked in the afterburners and hauled it to warmer pastures!!

  19. Lawrence Serrano says:

    I lived in Williams Arizona until 1974. One evening just about dusk somewhere between 1966 & 1969, my family and a friend were standing out front of our house facing South. Suddenly from the West came a huge fireball that seemed to be as big as a hot air balloon. You could see craters in it and flames emanating from it and the odd thing was that it didn’t just streak across the sky, it actually moved rather slowly over Williams from West to East and then came back over the town and as it got to the West end changed directions to head South West and that is when we lost sight of it. The fire ball was rotating slowly and just like you see in syfy movies, it hovered at be maybe 1000 – 2000 feet.

    We jumped in my dads car and headed in the direction we last saw it and nothing. No burn marks, scorching or any evidence it passed over. Another odd thing is that there was no way it could have left the area without passing over the mountains and hills that surround Williams. I have tried to research this phenomenon online, in papers, UFO sites and nothing. My brother-in-law said he recalls his father said he saw it too as he owned and was operating his gas station on the East end of town, unfortunately he had passed away so I didn’t ever get to speak with him. No one else I ever spoke to about it claimed seeing it, but we did and my older brother sister and I still talk about it every now and then.

    Anyone else happen to see this or know where I might find something about it online?

    Keep looking up to the sky!

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