Saturday, September 24, 2011

Well, it is not the end of the world - NASA: Location of satellite debris not determined -

UARS down over the Pacific ocean | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine: "NASA has confirmed that the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellites, UARS, burned up over the Pacific Ocean last night, September 24, between 03:23 and 04:09 a.m. UTC (11:23 p.m. and 12:09 Eastern US time). I have no other reliable information on it, but I expect we’ll get more updates soon. There were lots of reports last night of it falling over Canada, but those were mistakes or hoaxes. Apparently some people were fooled by meteors, Chinese lanterns, and possibly even the planet Jupiter. That’s happened before."

NASA: Location of satellite debris not determined - "Kris Rakowski put the dog out late Friday and looked to the skies above his Maple Grove, Minnesota, residence.
He saw lights -- a bunch of them.

"They almost looked like fireballs or fireflies, strobing," Rakowski told CNN Saturday."

'via Blog this'

satellite - Fire in the sky 9/23/2011 - CNN iReport: "iReport —
Our view from Minnesota of the satellite. Amazing!"

NYC Fox station reports Jupiter and balloons as UFOs | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine: "I know a lot of the media do their best when it comes to reporting science and astronomical-related stories, but sometimes they seem to go way out of their way — or, more accurately, not go out of their way at all — to report nonsense.

Case in point: Fox News in New York City. Yesterday, there were UFO reports from all over the city. Not to keep you in suspense, but those UFOs were actually hundreds of balloons released on Broadway to celebrate a visit by Madrid officials. You can see more about this by my friend Ben Radford and at Science-Based Parenting.


Pay attention around 35 seconds in. That star she spends a lot of time talking about is the planet Jupiter. Don’t believe me? To the right is a diagram I created using planetarium software showing Jupiter and its four big moons around the time the reporter’s talking about. Hmmmm. The blue flashing lights, broken up appearance, and tail she talks about are all clearly those four moons and Jupiter itself."

'via Blog this'

No comments: