News about weird and bizarre happenings from around the world.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Spectacular meteor 'fireball' explosion over Britain leaves stargazers buzzing ahead of Geminid space shower

A dramatic meteor “fireball” exploded over Britain on Wednesday night, creating a spectacular light show the length of the country ahead of the Geminid space shower.

The “very bright” meteor lit up the skies from Somerset to Aberdeen, leaving the astronomy world abuzz.

Despite lasting just five seconds, witnesses thought they were watching a rare meteor shower because it was such a dazzling display.

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Ball lightning 'may explain UFOs'

Some UFO sightings could be explained by ball lightning and other atmospheric phenomena, claims Australian astrophysicist Stephen Hughes.

The scientist has made a detailed study of an unusual event in 2006 when large meteors were observed over Brisbane.

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Group wants evidence for 'extraordinary claims'

First it was God, now it’s the Easter Bunny.

And Allah. And Bigfoot. And UFOs and a host of other “extraordinary claims” that may soon be questioned on TTC buses.

The same organization that brought Canadians the provoking “There’s probably no God” ad campaign calling on viewers to relax and enjoy their lives has rolled out a new campaign that casts a wider net.

“We come at our mission from sort of a skeptical, critical and scientific perspective, but that leaves us to be interested in a whole broad domain of human interest,” Centre for Inquiry spokesman Justin Trottier said Monday. “This campaign we feel quite proud of because we think it is broadening that conversation to all so-called extraordinary claims.”

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Massive object on edge of Solar System – Planet X?

A recent article (appearing in the mainstream media) has suggested that a “Massive dark object may be lurking on the edge of our solar system”

Some scientists believe that a large object, up to four times the size of Jupiter, may be pushing comets towards Earth from the Oort Cloud, which surrounds our solar system and contains billions of comets.

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