A fireball as bright as the full Moon startled observers in the Netherlands yesterday when it raced across the evening twilight sky. A lucky shot by photographer Jan de Vries at approximately 1658 UT caught the meteor in mid-flight:
"It was spectacular," says eyewitness Dominic Doyle of the European Space Agency in Noordwijk. "I estimate its magnitude to be about -12," adds amateur astronomer Koen Miskotte, who saw it from the small village of Ermelo.
Various observers report it breaking apart into as many as a half-dozen pieces, followed by sonic booms, low rumbles and shaking windows.
A Royal Dutch Meteorology Institute listening post detected strong infrasound (low-frequency sound) waves, apparently confirming a high-altitude breakup event: data.
Posted: 10:01:34 PM
Wednesday Movie Day
The Point - 1971
An animated story of an unusual kingdom in which everything and everybody is pointed - except for a young boy named Oblio.
Despite his round head, Oblio has many friends.
But an evil count, jealous that Oblio is more popular than his own son, says that without a pointed head, Oblio is an outlaw.
Along with his faithful dog Arrow, Oblio is exiled to the Pointless Forest.
There, he has many fantastic experiences, including encounters with a 3-headed man, giant bees, a tree in the leaf-selling business, and a good-humored old rock.
From his adventures, Oblio learns that it is not at all necessary to be pointed to have a point in life.
The Dutch central bank took control of the consumer bank DSB on Monday after an attempted sell-off of the bank fell through over the weekend.
DSB, named for its founder Dirk Scheringa, is famous in the Netherlands for its sponsorship of football champions AZ, but mostly for its cutting-edge loans, mortgages and connected insurance policies.
For years DSB has been criticised for the way it sold loans, sometimes to customers unable to carry the interest burden. The catch with loans and mortgages taken at DSB was they came with expensive single-premium insurance policies. DSB received high provisions for the policies, while its customers were forced to loan more money than their homes were worth in order to pay for them.
However, Republicans say the final draft which will be voted on is likely to be very different and more expensive than this version. They say the proposed reforms are too costly and represent too much government intrusion into healthcare.
At the weekend, the private insurance industry issued a study that said the plans could mean policies end up costing people hundreds, if not thousands, more dollars.
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Forward in time
Time moves forward, and you cannot go back to the way things were. You can, however, make your world even better than ever.
You can take the goodness you've experienced in the past, and express that goodness in new ways. You can move beyond the pains you've known, with increased wisdom and determination.
You can build upon the successes. You can also learn much from past mistakes, transforming that knowledge and experience into greater effectiveness.
Time rearranges the circumstances of life. And yet time cannot diminish the purpose and the values that live at your core.
As time moves you forward, make use of the opportunities that surely come with each unfolding moment. Focus on how you can transform the best of what has been, that still lives within you, into rich, meaningful new value in the present.
Joyfully welcome each new day, and each new moment in time. As you grow stronger and more purposeful with every experience, the best is yet to come.
Experts believe the device, which is swallowed by the patient and controlled by doctors using a wireless connection, could transform the difficult and invasive process of diagnosing serious conditions.
It came after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the islands late Monday at 9:37 pm (0537 GMT Tuesday) about 91 kilometers (57 miles) southwest of Unalaska, a town of about 4,000 people, according to the USGS.