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  • Bright Fireball/Meteor Blazes Across Northern Europe

    The American Meteor Society (AMS) have received 120 reports (5282-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over Western Europe (District de Luxembourg, Drenthe, England, Flevoland, Friesland, Gelderland, Groningen, Hessen, Limburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Noord-Brabant, Noord-Holland, Nordrhein-Westfalen, North Holland, Overijssel, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Vlaande) on Tuesday, September 22nd 2020 around 03:53 UT.

    Watch: Rogue Asteroid will impact Earth's Gravity in close encounter

  • Fireball Blast over the U.S.

    A FIREBALL which was seen across four different states in the US has been described as "the most incredible thing I have ever seen in the sky".

    Residents of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan all reported seeing a bright fireball blasting through the sky on August 19. Stunned onlookers spotted the astronomical phenomenon, and headed in their droves to the website of the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) to report their sightings.

    Chris said: "It came straight down on a vertical trajectory and slowed down as it approached the tops of the tree line, very bright green with bright white sparks coming off it. Amazing sighting!

    Timothy added: "It was so bright that we could see it from inside the house with all the lights on.

    "It lasted long enough to alert another person to turn around and look at it and they saw it for several seconds."

    Jackquie: "This was the most incredible thing I have ever seen in the sky, well next to the lunar eclipse. It was amazing!"

    "These bright meteors are what we call fireballs and they often strike fear and awe for those who witness them."

    While this meteor was small, the bright flash reiterates the need for eyes on the skies to watch out for potential asteroid collisions.

  • Fireball explodes over Northern Mexico causes meteor impact

    A brilliant fireball blazed over northeastern Mexico around 03:14 UTC on October 7, 2020 (22:14 LT on October 6), leaving witnesses and sky observers startled as the space object put on a spectacular display. The meteorite hit a small town in Tamaulipas, sparking a bush fire, according to local reports.

    Residents and night sky enthusiasts were in for a delightful sight as an especially bright meteor exploded over northern Mexico. The fireball was most visible over Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas. 

    Some witnesses, security cameras, webcams, and doorbell cameras were able to capture the event as it lit up the sky for more than 20 seconds.

    Local reports said the meteorite landed near Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state. News outlet Milenio reported that the object set fire to bushes in the area where it fell. No injuries and damages were reported.

    The Civil Protection agency retrieved several unusual rocks from the incident site for further study.

    See: Powerful Super Bolides Breach Earth's Atmosphere, Unleashing Blazing Lights Across the Americas

  • Fireball/Meteor over Northern Europe now thought to be earthgrazer

    According to astronomer Denis Vida the meteor that entered earth's atmosphere on Sept 22, seen over northern UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Denmark was most likely an earthgrazer.

    An earthgrazer is is a very bright meteor that enters Earth's atmosphere and comes out again. See Wikipedia Definition

    Vida in his viral tweet mentions: ′′ He entered the atmosphere at 34,1 km / s, reached the lowest altitude of ~ 91 km and jumped into space!"

    After that, other professional astronomers commented on the post, mentioning it as they also saw the fireball sliding across the floor.

    Dutch archeologist and Twitter user Dr. Marco Langbroek also shared information about the dirt scraper. Rare case of a meteor that definitely entered and out of the atmosphere again! Just like the famous Grand Tetons fireball of 1972 ', he tweeted.

    Dr. Marco further wrote: ' Even the meteors are trying to avoid our planet in 2020... ' While explaining the Earthgrazer curve, he said: ' Notice that the apparent ' curve ' does not mean that he traveled on a curved path.

    This ′′ curve ′′ is actually due to Earth's curve surface below the fireball! ′′ Some people who didn't know about Earthgrazer considered it a satellite and only realized later what they saw.

    One person commented: ' I just read my footage that night and found this at that exact moment, from Cambridgeshire, UK (towards the top of the frame). Looking at the images, I assumed it was a satellite because of longitude.

    'Another wrote:' I saw it on a security camera in Netherlands. ' Looks like the meteor knew it was better not to take time on Earth in 2020. '''

    See Video: Rogue Asteroid will impact Earth's Gravity in close encounter@ 9:00 minute timeframe

  • Giant Fireball Blazes Across Japan's Skies

    A spectacular fireball lit up the sky over the Kanto region around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 21.

    Experts speculated that the meteor came in over the Pacific in Kanagawa Prefecture and fell on the southern part of the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture next to Tokyo.

    A camera set up in Yokohama by Atom tech. Inc., a company that develops network camera apparatus, captured the dazzling fireball in all its glory.

    Daichi Fujii, a curator at the Hiratsuka City Museum, said it was as bright as a full moon.

    After analyzing multiple images, Fujii believes the fireball was a chunk of asteroid that broke off from orbit near Jupiter and probably did not burn out.

    It was the second such fireball seen over the Kanto region since one in the early hours of July 2.

    Later, meteorite fragments were found in two the Chiba Prefecture cities of Narashino and Funabashi.

    The National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo has applied to register them as "Narashino inseki (meteorite)."

  • Immense Fireball Blazes Across the Sky over East Central U.S.

    A brilliant fireball exploded over Ohio, U.S. at around 10:24 UTC (06:24 EDT) on September 30, 2020.

    The American Meteor Society (AMS) has so far received 701 reports about the meteor, which was observed in more than a dozen states.

    The event was primarily seen from Ohio, but AMS has also received reports from Washington D.C., Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, the Carolinas, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, the Virginias, Wisconsin, U.S., and Ontario, Canada

    The meteor traveled in a southeast to the northwest direction and ended its visible light somewhere over North Benton, Ohio, according to the AMS. 

    Many eyewitnesses said the object appeared blue or green, then turned orange before it faded out.

    "Just happened to look southeast this morning before 10:30 UTC (06:30 LT) and caught a meteor in the sky. Lit up all red, looked like a contrail fizzling out. Can't remember ever seeing one before-- very cool," said viewer Ryan Wichman.

    "Saw a meteor burn up in the atmosphere in the Cincinnati region this morning while driving into work! [The] brightest flash of light I’ve ever seen," another viewer named Benjamin Dougherty posted on Twitter.

  • Immense fireball Rips Across Tokyo, sonic boom reported

    A bright fireball streaked across Japan's capital Tokyo at 17:32 UTC on July 1, 2020 (02:32 JST, July 2). Many people reported hearing a sonic boom minutes after the meteor exploded, which is considered rare, according to the National Astronomical Observatory.

    Daichi Fujii, a curator at Hiratsuka City Museum in Kanagawa Prefecture, caught the spectacular phenomenon with a camera installed at his home. The fireball traveled from west to east. 

    Many residents reported hearing a sonic boom minutes after the fireball exploded.

    "A few minutes later, I heard a roar that could be heard indoors, which may be relevant," one of the locals said.

    "I thought a person living [in the condo] above knocked down a shelf," one Twitter user wrote.

    "I thought my child sleeping on the second floor fell out of bed," another one posted. Other residents said the explosion sounded like a thunder.

    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced at a national press conference that authorities are gathering information about the event, adding that no damage has been reported so far.

    The National Astronomical Observatory said it is rare for witnesses to hear anything after a fireball event.

    "One station of the International Monitoring System of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation was almost 1 150 km(715miles) away from the event but in its waveforms a signature of the fireball could be identified," International Meteor Organization's Theresa Ott and Esther Drolshagen noted.

    "We were able to calculate source energy of the entering asteroid of about 150 t TNT. With an assumed velocity of 14 km/s and a density of 3000 kg/m3 the size would be around 1.6 m (5.2 feet), with a mass of about 1.6 t."

  • Large Asteroid Blazes Across the Sky in Australia

    Residents from Western Australia to Victoria Australia have witnessed an amazing light show when the night sky turned glowing green as a huge asteroid blazed across Australia on June 14, 2020.

    Australian skywatchers have been treated to a stunning show by what astronomers believe was a distant asteroid.

    Residents from across Australia shared vision to social media of the object streaking across the sky on Sunday night, creating a green glow.

    Night owls in a remote part of western Australia captured a stunning green fireball streaking across the night sky.

    Astronomers believe it was “asteroid 2002 N-N-4,” which was scheduled to pass Earth around 11:20 p.m. on Sunday.

    The asteroid, around 570 metres wide, was an estimated 5.2 million kilometres from Earth, but still created a spectacular light show. 

    The asteroid was seen from Victoria to Western Australia and it created a stunning green glow in the sky as it passed by.

    NASA had identified 958,703 asteroids, and said impacts with Earth can be expected every 200-300 years. 

    Asteroids range in size from Vesta, the largest at about 530 kilometers in diameter, to bodies that are less than 10 meters across,‘ a NASA statement read.

    We were lucky, asteroid 2002 NN4 was millions of kilometers away. The next time 2002 NN4 will be anywhere near this close to the Earth will be in June 2029.

    The latest asteroid event over Australia just shows that our technology isn’t ready to hinder a catastrophic impact right now.

    Watch Recent Asteroid and Fireball Events

  • Meteor Fireball Electrifies the Sky over California

    A huge meteor streaked in the skies above California, leaving onlookers stunned with one claiming it was "a close call".

    Residents of California were stunned when a bright fireball boomed above them, producing stunning green colours. The meteor hit Earth's atmosphere on Sunday, September 6, above California, with dozens reporting the sighting.

    Some Californians claimed it to be the best meteor sighting they had ever seen, while others were stunned by how close it seemingly came to ground

    Almost 50 people reported the sighting to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO), with one video from a security camera showing the fireball in all its detail.

    Robert told the IMO: "This one was huge. Never seen anything like it. I just happened to look up while sleeping on my balcony as saw this giant fireball fly by.

    Megan said: "I've never seen a colour that vivid in my life.

    "Very large and appeared super close & low in the sky, compared to meteor showers I've seen."

    Mike said: "That was a close call that no one caught!"

    Donna added: "It was a slightly orange around the outside of the ball while dark green with a green tail.

    "I've never seen something so big or anything like this in my life time! It was beautiful!"

    Watch: Barrage of Asteroids Headed Towards Earth as NASA Ramps Up Planetary Defense Network

  • Meteor Fireball Flashes Above Michigan

    The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 24 reports (event 3408-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over IN, MI, OH, Ontario and PA on Wednesday, July 15th 2020 around 05:41 UT.

    A video by Pete M. was uploaded to the AMS website.

  • Meteor Fireball Streaks Across Prince Edward Island, Canada

    People in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in Canada spotted a 'fireball' streaking across the night sky on Tuesday, August 11, during the Perseid meteor shower, reports said.

    Prince Edward Island resident Matthew Sentner shared this video showing the bright streak seen from Cavendish on Tuesday evening.

    The annual Perseid meteor shower, likely to produce "a few meteors, including the occasional fireball," is best observed after midnight during the pre-dawn hours until August 24, NASA said.

  • Puerto Rico bombarded by three fireballs within 90 minutes

    Three bright meteors illuminated the sky over Puerto Rico within 90 minutes on June 16, 2020.

    The video below was recorded from Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico between 04:40 UTC and 06:08 UTC (00:40 am and 02:08 am).

    A bolide exploded beginning of the year over the island prompting fear, the space rock would be a sign of the next Big One:

  • Spectacular Fireball-Meteor Falls into the Aegean Sea, Greece

    A meteor, a “shooting star” fell in the sea area between the south of Evia and the island of Aegina at 9:36 p.m. on Tuesday night. The rock from space was so impressively bright that turned night into day.

    The rate phenomenon was visible in several areas such as East Attica, Livadia, Chalkida, Viotia, MEganesia, Fokida, Andros, Lakonia and Evritania.

    Some stunned residents thought it was a big falling star, however, scientists reportedly made clear that it was a meteor.

    Video from the kopaida.gr cameras installed in the town of Livadia in Viotia Prefecture via Alex filippopoulos.

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