We have been following the increase in reports of fireballs streaking across the night and daytime skies since the now famous Texas Fireball was captured on video in mid February.
We declare today, June 12th 2009, as Fireball Friday as Fox News pushes two fireball stories to the front of their newsfeeds.
It seems a boy in Essen in Germany was recently struck by a fireball/meteorite as it traveled at 30,000 mph. Fox News posted the story from an article on SkyNews.
The boy, 14 year old Gerrit Blank, was on his way home from school when he saw a massive fireball coming right at him. The object struck his hand, leaving a 3 inch scar and then hit the ground, leaving a one foot crater.
“At first I just saw a large ball of light and then I suddenly felt a pain in my hand. Then, a split second after that, there was an enormous bang like a crash of thunder. The noise that came after the flash of light was so loud that my ears were ringing for hours afterwards. When it hit me it knocked me flying and then was still going fast enough to bury itself in the road.”
He seems pretty chipper for just being struck my a piece of something from outerspace.
Tests have been done on the object and it is in fact a meteorite.
“It’s a real meteorite, therefore it is very valuable to collectors and scientists,” stated Ansgar Korte, director of Germany’s Walter Hohmann Observatory, “”Most meteorites don’t actually make it to ground level because they evaporate in the atmosphere. Of those that do get through, about six out of every seven of them land in water.”
Calculated odds of being struck by a meteorite, one in 100 million.
And only yesterday, we found out our dear military is covering up information about recent fireball activity. Until recently, the U.S. military policy was to share information gleamed from satellites about fireballs. That has drastically changed.
“It’s baffling to us why this would suddenly change,” said one scientist familiar with the work. “It’s unfortunate because there was this great synergy … a very good cooperative arrangement. Systems were put into dual-use mode where a lot of science was getting done that couldn’t be done any other way. It’s a regrettable change in policy.”
The timing does seem odd, with the recent rash of fireball sighting and mysterious sonic booms that have been reported in the last 4 months.
Is there anything to the increase in fireballs? Something the military would rather some pesky sky staring scientists not find out about?
And what are these fireballs? Meteorites like what hit Gerrit Blank or something else?
In the 1959 UFO classic, Other Tongues Other Flesh, author George Hunt Williams explains the three ‘classes’ of fireballs.
One of the most startling phenomena connected with the coming of the Saucers, is the appearance from time to time of the “fireballs”. In The Saucers Speak! space friends said: “You would be astonished if you knew what these ‘fireballs’ really were. They are not the same as your remote-controlled devices.” Another time they said: “It was a ball-globe being on its duty.” And again: “Crystals are valuable to us. With a crystal miracles can be performed.”
Since December of 1948 countless “fireballs” have bathed the hills of the American Southwest with their strange, blue-green glare. They have also been seen in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Puerto Rico, Arizona, California, Washington, Denmark, and other places throughout the world. The chief Air Intelligence officer for the Albuquerque district saw one. Col. Joseph D. Caldara, USAF, attached to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saw one in Virginia. Hundreds of pilots, weather observers and atomic scientists have observed these “fireballs”.
It appears that the “fireballs” fall into three general classes:
1. Those which leave copper particles in the atmosphere after silently exploding and leave no residue on the ground such as meteors do.
2. Those that were called “foo fighters” and known by other names which draw near our aircraft and other earthly objects to obtain information to be relayed directly to the space-lab. These objects are mainly crystalline in structure and are really sentient beings. They possess the powers of sense or sense-perception and have actual experience of sensation and feeling as they “televise” their gathered data back to the hovering laboratory. This idea is difficult for the people of Earth to accept, and indeed, even to understand. The idea of a crystal that thinks!
3. There is a third class of “fireballs” that do not explode. In fact, after they are constructed in great scientific laboratories their power is immutable! There are very strange records in history of the activities of this type of “fireball”. Their power is similar to the power of the robot “Gort” in “The Day The Earth Stood Still” a science-fiction movie. However, the space people do not have robots in the form of “mechanical-men”.
So welcome to Fireball Friday.