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    Did not get my attention as being reported in Australian media. Nothing officially astronomical, I think.

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    I've watched the Australian you-tube videos and the Chinese video regarding the second sun sighting (along with many others), and I think I've come up with an answer. The comet could have been carried in by an African swallow. Not a European swallow, as European swallows are non-migratory. I need some help, because it's not just a matter of how he gripped it, but a simple question of weight ratio.

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    An asteroid--- meteor-- skimming the atmosphere WILL have a tail. My question to you would be "what is the scientific significance" of this fireball?

    I would say NOTHING.

    Here is the "dash cam" recording of a fireball in Canada. This one impacted the ground. It even appeared on an episode of "Meteorite Men" on TV-- notice the "tail".

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dan3wM3rns"]YouTube - Police dash cam of Meteor over Edmonton, Canada[/ame]
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    AND-- the significance of this is WHAT?
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    @ Joe Lalumia

    There's an enormous difference between a moving fireball passing through the atmosphere and one which stands still in the sky outside of the atmosphere.

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    I am not sure but I feel like it is nothing more then atmospherics at high altitude.
    It looks like it was shot in the evening time when the atmosphere can do strange things.
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    We've tossed around the term "hoax". We don't know at this point if that's the case. On the other hand, there's also no reason to try and link what's shown on the video as evidence for any currently popular iteration of junk science.
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    Wouldn't it be all but impossible for it to be outside the atmosphere? You can see fire trails and smoke floating upward of the object. I'm thinking this would require an atmosphere. The fact that it hasn't made any main stream astronomy news kinda debunks it imo.

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    I've seen the videos. Personally I believe it is a meteorological phenomenon. Based on the fact that it is near the horizon during either a sunrise or sunset and seems to be reflecting sunlight, gradually changes shape over a period of minutes, does not appear to move, and shows some color fringing, I think it is some peculiar cloud or portion of a vapor trail. I don't see it as anything from outside our atmosphere at all. Much ado about nothing.
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    Judging from this video it can't be some very distorted view of Venus: watch?v=oHjw02CX60s

    Strangely you can distinguish 5 different radiant spots in the one with the big fireball, aligned as a cross.
    Why can't it be a distorted view of Venus?

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