Incoming! Meteor or Comet Fragment Explodes Above Southwestern US

© Trish Van Housen. Photo taken near Phoenix, Arizona of the trail left behind by an incoming meteor/comet fragment that exploded above southwestern US on September 13th 2012.

Prompting US Army ‘Missiles’ Cover-up


by Niall Bradley


On Thursday morning, 13th September 2012, early risers from all over the southwestern United States – California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico – were stunned by the appearance of a vivid luminescent trail high up in the atmosphere. Photos taken by residents reminded me of the glowing trail seen across the Caucasus on the 7th June 2012 (which I have written about here). My suspicion that we were looking at the arrival and overhead explosion of yet another meteor or cometary fragment (MoCF) solidified when I read some of the ridiculous claims of the US Army that they had test-fired a rocket/missile at 5.30am local time on the 13th of September.

Folks contacted law enforcement in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado to report “a crash”. A sheriff’s deputy in northern New Mexico said he witnessed “an explosion” and part of the object breaking apart from the main body. No one reported a trail moving from the ground upwards, just a very fast-moving dot in the sky that produced a very bright trail mid-atmosphere, indicating that nothing was launched from the ground.

Damage control quickly went into operation, with Associated Press reporting that:

The “explosion” was a normal separation of the first and second stages of the unarmed Juno ballistic missile that was fired at 6:30 a.m. MT from Fort Wingate near Gallup, N.M., said Drew Hamilton, a spokesman for the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range. The expended first stage landed in a designated area of U.S. Forest Service land.

The Juno I is a large rocket booster used for satellite launches in the 1950s, while the Juno II was a US space launch vehicle used during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Recently a  Juno rocket was used to launch Atlas V towards Jupiter in 2011. So the idea that the US Army launched one of these giants from Fort Wingate in New Mexico in order to “test” it – at the crack of dawn, no less, and over a densely populated area – is incredible, to say the least. Fort Wingate, incidentally, was shut down in 1993.

The Associated Press report got even weirder when it described not one but THREE missiles launched by the US Army:

The Juno missile was then targeted by advanced versions of the Patriot missile fired from White Sands, about 350 miles (560 kilometers) away, as part of a test. Two of the missiles were fired and hit the incoming Juno missile, said Dan O’Boyle, a spokesman for the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, which was in charge of the Patriots used in the test.

The Patriot missiles kill incoming targets by direct strike and don’t explode.

Whatever about Patriot interceptor missiles “killing incoming targets by direct strike and not exploding”, they are again stretching the bounds of credulity with this story about the US Army lobbing missiles at an expensive space rocket in order to blow it to smithereens over US territory. Watch and listen as the Army spokeswoman lies through her teeth about how this incident was “one of our very high-end, very intense things that we do out here… not one of our everyday things“:

Now contrast the Associated Press account of what went down with the following report from a Utah-based media outlet:

It was the 14th missile launched from the Fort Wingate, NM area since the mid ’90s. Depending on the sunlight, it’s visible at times. The rising sun backlit the Juno missile’s contrail and provided a spectacular morning sight for early risers across the region.

The winds in the various layers of atmosphere skewed the missile contrail, creating a swirly cloud pattern seen in the sky. The missile then returned to base.

[…] all debris fell on Army property. It just put on a light show in the process.

Returned to base?? Not only does that contradict the story about two Patriot interceptor missiles hitting the Juno rocket, this scenario is physically impossible because rockets and missiles do not “return to base”! Somebody somewhere down the chain of command must have got their wires crossed. It seems that this addendum to the story was required to account for the reports of part of the fireball/MoCF crashing to earth. Either way, they are getting really desperate in their explanations of the celestial phenomena taking place in our skies.

If missiles were launched in the vicinity of this celestial visitor, then I wonder if they were tracking this MoCF as it approached the planet before firing a missile or two in order to plausibly claim that what folks witnessed was “just a missile test”?

A friend who witnessed the event sent me the following report and photo:

It was a ball of light streaking slowly across the sky. Then the ball of light dispersed and that was the moment I caught the picture and shot the video. It happened around 5:30am Phoenix Arizona time. There was only one streak with the ball of light at the head of it. There were no other streaks. The ball of light dispersed; seconds after it did, I snapped my pictures.

Let’s compare photos of Thursday’s trail with trails left behind by previous (known) meteor/comet fragment airbursts:

Linda & Dr. Dick Buscher caught the trail left behind by the exploding comet fragment at their location in Anthem, Arizona, at the north edge of Phoenix, 5:41 am on 13th September 2012.

Copyright: Mohamed Elhassan Abdelatif Mahir (Noub NGO), Dr. Muawia H. Shaddad. On 7th October 2008, this twisted, high altitude trail was captured in a video frame during the early dawn over northern Sudan. The long-lasting persistent trail is from the impact of a small asteroid catalogued as 2008 TC3. That event was remarkable because it was the first time an asteroid was detected in space before crashing into planet Earth’s atmosphere. In fact, after astronomers discovered 2008 TC3, the time and location of its impact were predicted based on follow-up observations. Later, the impact predictions were confirmed by sensors, including a Meteosat-8 image of a bright flash in the atmosphere.

Copyright: Brianna, N. Photo taken at 6:45am, 18th November 2009 from Tooele County, Utah. Residents reported that they felt the meteor explode, while seismology monitors at the University of Utah picked up the overhead explosion.

Here be dragons: the eerie glowing trail left down by an overhead explosion on 7th June 2012, as seen from Astrakhan, southern Russia.

A glowing trail left down by the meteor that exploded over Mendoza, Argentina on 29th September 2009.

Despite the feeble cover-up, most people have once again accepted the missile nonsense. But for how much longer will it hold out? In the past week alone, we had two Near Earth Objects zoom past us, ground fires in British Columbia started by an apparent overhead explosion that rained down fiery meteorites and Jupiter was impacted by a large body for the third time in four years. In addition to all the other ground fires started by fireballs/MoCFs in recent months, things are really heating up.

Keep your eyes on the skies…

Readers might also be interested in this: Reading Celestial Intentions Through the Wrong End of the Telescope: Missiles, UFOs and the Cold War

Niall Bradley

Niall is an editor of Signs of the Times Sott.net, an online news site that tracks what is going on socially and politically in terms of global energies. You can reach him at niall@sott.net

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4 Responses to "Incoming! Meteor or Comet Fragment Explodes Above Southwestern US"

  1. Don Jusko  September 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Hmm. it seems like only the explosion over SW USA had any “rainbow effect” in the clouds. that rainbow colored cloud is a direct result of HAARP. The same effect was seen just before the Fukuyama disaster that is still dumping radioactive water into the ocean. Just this week part of a pier reached Maui.

    • Niall Bradley  September 26, 2012 at 8:17 am

      No, this ‘rainbow effect’ is common. Well, it’s common nowadays. Rather than HAARP being responsible, I think we’re looking at incandescence due to comet-dust loading in the atmosphere. Here’s another example, where the National Geographic explains them away as being the result of ‘ice crystals': http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/06/060619-rainbow-fire.html True, ice crystals play a part, but the question is WHY are we seeing so much more of this ‘rainbow effect’ in the atmosphere? Is the atmosphere becoming cooler? Taken together with increasing numbers of fireball reports and noctilucent clouds being seen brighter and further south/north of the two poles, the above comet fragment’s glowing trail may present more evidence that our atmosphere is picking up enormous quantities of material as the planet passes through denser concentrations of cometary debris.

  2. Not Clueless  September 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Those underground bunker passes aren’t looking so desirable now.

  3. Not Clueless  September 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm


    And with the shower of meteorites the earth stopped turning.

    It came to rest so faced to the sun that a long night, darkened by the cosmic refuse sweeping in from interplanetary space, fell on Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the valleys of the Euphrates and the Indus. The Babylonians, the tribes of the Sudan, the Finns, the Greeks, the Peruvians, and the American Indians all have traditions of a long night accompanying a catastrophe which the earth did not survive. Further east, the Iranians saw the sun suspended several days in the sky. In china, it is said that in the reign of the Emperor Yahou the sun did not set for a number of days and all the forests burned.
    We suppose that if the earth stopped turning it would destroy itself, as HG Wells imagined it would when his “man who could work miracles” commanded the same act. Our idea of momentum – and the Law of Gravitation, about which Dr. Velikovsky has much to say – leads us to assume that the earth’s surface would fly onward in the direction of its rotation and be torn apart. A great global catastrophe, with seas and continents changing their places,is in fact described in the traditions of mankind. The world gave every sign to its inhabitants of being on the brink of destruction.

    Approached by the body of the comet, the earth was forced out of its regular motion; a major shock convulsed its entire surface. The major shift in the atmosphere caused by the approach of the comet and the stasis of the planet, itself produced hurricanes of enormous velocity and force. “The face of the earth changed,” writes Dr. Velikovsky, summarizing the Mayan account from the Manuscript Troano, “mountains collapsed, other mountains grew and rose over the onrushing cataract of water driven from the oceanic spaces, numberless rivers lost their beds, and a wild tornado moved through the debris descending from the sky.”

    The human population was decimated and many species of animals perished entirely. The surface of the earth burst. Three Mexican manuscripts tell how everywhere in the Western hemisphere new mountains came into being. New volcanos opened and fissures in the flat land threw forth fire and smoke and liquid basalt. The rivers steamed and the sea boiled. The Zendi-Avesta of the Persians says that a star made the sea boil. The Polynesians say that a star caused new islands to appear.

    It was the tenth plague of Egypt, the night of Passover, when the Lord passed over the huts of the Israelites and struck the mansions of the Egyptians (the light rush houses would survive and earthquake more easily than heavy stone ones). “There was not a house where there was not one dead,” says the Book of Exodus, and St. Jerome wrote that “in the night in which Exodus took place, all the temples of Egypt were destroyed either by an earth shock or by the thunderbolt.” The head of the comet cam close to the earth, breaking through the darkness of the dust cloud, and the Hebrew tradition tells that the last night of the Jews in Egypt was as bright as the noon of the summer solstice.

    The blow fell at midnight. Dr. Velikovsky observes in passing that as the israelites counted the days from sunset it was for them the 14th Aviv; and, ever since, the Passover has been celebrated on the fourteenth day of the first month of spring. The Egyptians counted from sunrise, as we do, and for them it was the 13th Thout, a day forever after unlucky. As for the thirteenth of any month, said the Egyptians, “thou shalt not do anything on this day.” The Aztecs also counted the day from sunrise, and in their calendar it was noted that on the 13th Olin, a month called “earthquake,” a new world age had come into being.

    When a comet encounters a planet, it may become entangled and drawn from its path, then forced into a new orbit, and finally liberated. This is what happened to Lexell’s comet, which was captured by Jupiter and its moons in 1767 and did not free itself until 1779. Some form of balance between attraction and inertia was maintained for twelve years; Jupiter and the comet did not crash together. Neither, according to Dr. Velikovsky’s thesis, did the earth and the comet that came near it in 1500 b.c. They exchanged discharges of electrical potential.

    The action of the sun and the moon on the earth produces the ocean tides. If the earth were to slow down, the seas would first recede toward the poles; but the attraction of a large comet close to the earth would draw them back toward itself and heap them high in the air. The story of the seas divided and then rising to break over the land is widespread. The Choctaw Indians say that when the land was in darkness a bright light appeared in the north, “but it was mountain-high waves, coming nearer”; the Peruvians say that the ocean left the shore and inundated the continent; the Chinese annals say that in the reign of the Emperor Yahou a great tidal wave broke over the mountains into the Chinese Empire and flooded the land for decades.

    The tides carried huge rocks along them. For instance, the Madison Boulder, near Conway, New Hampshire, is a ten-thousand-ton piece of granite quite different from the bedrock beneath it. An early nineteenth century explanation of this and other “erratic” boulders was that great tidal waves, originating in the north, must have swept the rocks and geologic till (clay, mud and gravel) across the land. According to the calculations based on the amount erosion under them, the boulders were deposited in their places less than six thousand years ago. It has been assumed that the stones were drawn along by the glacial ice sheet, but the disquieting fact is that accumulations of rock were moved from lower latitudes to higher latitudes – and even uphill toward the Himalaya, through the existing glaciers push stones down, not up, the slopes.

    At the Sea of the Passage the Israelite tribes saw the water drawn aside and heaped up in a double tide; and, after they crossed, the waters of the Mediterranean fell and broke into the Red Sea ina great wave. “It was an unusual event,” writes Dr. Velikovsky, “and because it was unusual it became the most impressive recollection in the long history of this people. All peoples and nations were blasted by the same fire and shattered in the same fury. The tribes of Israel on the shore of a sea found in this annihilation their salvation from bondage. They escaped destruction but their oppressors perished before their eyes. They extolled their Creator, took upon themselves the burden of moral rules, and considered themselves chosen for a great destiny.”

    Here is what Dr. Velikovsky’s description of the pageant that took place in the sky:
    When the tidal waves reached their highest point, and the seas were torn apart,
    a tremendous spark flew between the earth and the globe of the comet, which
    instantly pushed down the miles-high billows. Meanwhile, the tail of the comet and
    its head, having become entangled with each other by their close contact with the
    earth, exchanged violent discharges of electricity. It looked like a battle between
    the brilliant globe and the dark column of smoke. In the exchange of electrical
    potentials, the tail and the head were attracted one to the other and repelled one
    from the other. From the serpent like tail extensions grew, and it lost the form of a
    column. It now looked like a furious animal with legs and many heads. The discharges
    tore the column to pieces, a process that was accompanied by the brilliant globe
    buried in the sea, or wherever the meteorites fell. The gases of the tail subsequently
    enveloped the earth.

    To the peoples of the earth below who witnessed this spectacle, the head of the comet and its tail seemed to be two separate bodies, The bright globe fought the “crooked serpent” and destroyed it, thus saving the world from further harm. It would be difficult, Dr. Velikovsky writes, “to find a people or a tribe on earth that does not have the same motif at the very focus of its religious beliefs.” The great spark that flew between the comet and Earth is remembered as the bolt of lightning, placed in the hand of a god who threw this thunderbolt at a world overwhelmed by water and fire: Zeus of the Greeks, Odin of the Icelanders, Ukko of the Finns, Wotan of the Germans, Mazda of the Persians, Marduk of the Babylonians, Siva of the Hindus. The pattern of conflict between the comet and its tail takes almost identical form in the battles of Zeus with Typhon, Isis with Seth, Vishnu with the Serpent, Indra with Rahu, marduk with Tiamat, Ormuzd with Ahriman. “A terrible comet was seen by the people of Ethiopia and Egypt,” wrote Pliny in his Natural History, “to which Typhon , the king of that period gave his name; it had a fiery appearance and was twisted like a coil, and it was very grim to behold; it was not really a star so much as what might be called a ball of fire.”

    The earth was wrapped for decades in the gases of the comet and the dust of exploding volcanoes. No green thing could grow. The chinese called this time the Valley of Obscurity and the Somber Residence; the Nordics called it the Twilight of the Gods. According to the Annals of Cuauhtitlan there was darkness in Mexico for twenty-five years. The American Indians say that it was not until the fifteenth year that plants would bloom. And for the Hebrew tribes, who had been led out of bondage by the pillar of smoke by day and of fire by night, this was the Shadow of Death.

    How did mankind live when nothing grew? The tail of a comet is composed of carbon and hydrogen gases, and these elements were in suspension in the earth’s atmosphere after the comet departed. The Hindu Vedas, the egyptian papyri, and the Hebrew legends say that the wind smelled sweet, and eventually the carbohydrates combining in the air precipitated. mankind fed on morning dew, say the Icelandic traditions, and the Vedas tell of the honey-lash falling – as the Greeks say ambrosia all fell – from the clouds. Where the honey-frost fell on the waters, it turned them milky and sweet. Ovid, the Vedas, and the Egyptians say the rivers flowed with milk and honey. The precipitate also fell among the Israelites, they called it Manna.
    Dr. Velikovsky brings strong evidence to bear that the comet which so terrorized the earth was in fact the planet Venus – newly born, by eruption from a larger planet. While it was still a comet, Venus wandered erratically, which is why its course was so closely watched, why the Venus Tablets of Nineveh do not seem to make sense, and why the appearance of a comet has always aroused premonitions of disaster everywhere in the world. The dreaded comet Venus that was later to become a planet had many names — Tistrya, Ishtar, Astarte, Isis, Baal, Beelzebub, Lucifer. Often it was confused with Jupiter (Isis in Egypt and Ishtar in Babylon were first names for Venus), for Jupiter was the planet from which Venus erupted as a planet.

    Student of Greek and Roman mythology may object that according to legend it was Pallas Athene, or Minerva, who “sprang full grown from the brow of Jupiter.” The classical scholar may wonder, however, why Greek mythology contains no deity for the planet Venus and no planet for the deity Pallas Athene. The Greek equivalent of the Roman “Venus” was Aphrodite, who was identified with the Moon. The answer, once known but long forgotten, is that Pallas Athene was the Greek name for the planet Venus. (Plutarch said that Minerva of the Romans and Athene of the Greeks were the same as Isis of the Egyptians; Pliny said that Isis was the planet Venus.) The birth of Pallas Athene was “a day of wrath in all the calendars of ancient Chaldea.” During the birth of Athene, described in a Homeric hymn, the earth reeled and the sun stopped for a “long while”.

    For many centuries the inhabitants of the earth were in such fear of Venus that human sacrifice was practiced in both hemispheres in the hope of placating its wrath. The Mexicans were so profoundly affected by the fifty-two year interval between Venus’ two encounters with the earth the they adopted the period in their calendar and made bloody sacrifices to Quetzalcoatl – the feathered serpent” who was identified with the Morning Star – when fifty-two years passed without harm. The years of terror lasted until the seventh century B.C. Venus, as the result of an encounter with another body, took up its present orbit and changed from a wild comet to a tame planet. Venus’ flirtation with another planet – that is, with Mars — is a common theme in mythology. This meeting, a battle of Athene with the God of War, is described in the lliad, a conflict in the heavens which took place at the same time as the siege of Troy, “It is the conjunction of venus and Mars,” wrote Kucien, “that created the poetry of Homer.

    The encounter between Venus and Mars disturbed Mars’ orbit, and at intervals of fifteen years Mars also passed close to the earth. On two days in particular – February 26, 747 B.C. and March 23, 687 B.C. – Mars caused a repetition of the earlier catastrophes on a smaller scale. In the year 747 B.C. a new calendar was introduced in the Middle East. It began on the 26th of February, and in the calendar of Mexico the 26th of February was also counted as New Year’s Day. It is during this period that the worship of Mars came into prominence among peoples whose institutions were not fully formed. The Romans had a vigorous cult of mars and regarded Mars as their national god, the founder of their state, and father of Romulus. The chief celebration of the Roams mars cult was on the 23rd of March. On the night of the 23rd of March, 687 B.C., the army of Sennacherib, the Assyrian king who invaded Palestine, was destroyed by a blast of fire from the sky. “On the 23rd of March, 687 B.C.,” wrote Edouard Biot in his catalogue of the meteors which were observed in ancient China, the fixed stars were not visible but, “in the middle of the night stars fell like rain.”

    The battle between Venus and Mars ended with Venus, shorn of its power to disturb humankind, rotating on the the serene orbit it now occupies. Venus seemed to have fallen from its earlier eminence. This was the period of the Hebrew Prophets, men of astronomical skill who from watchtowers built in Judea, as elsewhere in the East (“Watchman, what of the night?”) recorded and predicted Mars’ fifteen-year approach to the earth and warned the people and their kings of coming catastrophes. After an upheaval that took place in the eighth century B.C., “Isaiah, Joel, Hosea, and Micah insisted unanimously and with great emphasis on the inevitability of another encounter of the earth with some cosmic body.” Their prophecies were fulfilled on the days when Mars came close to the earth and moved it from its place.

    Finally they observed that a hated enemy – Beelzebub, the Morning Star, who had provoked pagan worship – was no longer powerful. Venus, which had “weakened the nations” and had tried to ascend on high, was cut down to the ground. “How art thou fallen from heaven,” wrote Isaiah, “Oh Lucifer, son of the morning.”

    — Excerpt from Harper’s Magazine article written by Eric Larrabee, a Harper’s editor at the time (January 1950). It was a prelude to the release of Immanuel Velikovsky’s first published book, Worlds In Collision.

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