• Bright fireball explodes over Missouri while casting ground shadows

    A bright Leonid fireball exploded over Missouri, U.S. at around 11:24 UTC on November 18, 2020 (05:24 CST). The event was so bright that it cast shadows and momentarily blinded the Missouri Skies Observatory camera located in Albany, Missouri.

    The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 54 reports from witnesses in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indianapolis, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

    "This was a remarkable event to see on a video but must have been spectacular to see in person," said Dan Bush of the Missouri Skies Observatory who recorded the event from Albany, MO.

    "I think my video speaks more to the train afterward than to the actual flash. In my still frame stack of images, I left out the brightest frame because it overwhelmed the stack of images turning it all white."

    "Note the smokey trail of debris," Bush said. "It hung in the sky, twisting in the winds of the upper atmosphere for more than 5 minutes after the flash."

    The American Meteor Society received two videos showing the event, one from Lead Hill and the other from Central City.

    The annual Leonid meteor shower peaked on November 17 and 18, with peak hour rates near 15. The source of this shower is Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle.

    This is a periodic comet with an orbital period of 33 years.

    The comet fits the classical definition of a Halley-type comet with a period of between 20 and 200 years. It was independently discovered by Wilhelm Tempel on December 19, 1865, and by Horace Parnell Tuttle on January 6, 1866.

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  • Colassal, slow-moving fireball spotted over central Europe

    A very bright, slow-moving fireball was recorded over central Europe at 03:46 UTC on November 19, 2020. The event lasted some 18 seconds before the object disintegrated.

    The American Meteor Society (AMS) has so far received 34 reports from witnesses in Germany, Austria, and northern Italy.

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  • Fireball brighter then the moon over southern Spain

    A fireball as bright as the full Moon was recorded streaking through the night sky over southern Span at 04:08 UTC on January 2, 2021.

    This bolide was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 230 000 km/h.

    The fireball began at an altitude of about 113 km (70 miles) over Andalusia and ended at a height of around 58 km (36 miles).

    This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Sagra (Granada), and La Hita (Toledo).

    The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project, Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).

    Daylight fireball over Bahia, Brazil

    January 04, 2021

    A bright daylight fireball was recorded above Bahia, Brazil at 18:59 UTC on January 2, 2021 (15:59 LT). The event reportedly scared some of the residents of central Bahia. The bolide was also recorded by NOAA/GOES-16 satellite.

  • Fireball Explodes Above Norway, Meteorite Impact Recorded

    A bright fireball exploded over Norway at 23:21 UTC on January 4, 2021 (00:21 LT, January 5), producing a loud bang that was heard by many people, particularly those in Ullensaker. Norwegian Seismic Array (NORSAR) said ground impact was recorded at 23:24 UTC, 15 to 20 km (9 - 12.4 miles) S of their measuring station at Løten.

    On Tuesday, residents in Norway reported a bright fireball with a loud bang as the object entered the atmosphere. The sound was heard by people in the municipality of Ullensaker.

    According to the Norwegian meteor network, the object traveled at a speed of 50 000 km/h (31 000 mph).

    The meteor penetrated very far into the atmosphere and gave a fairly powerful bang, an indicator that meteorites have fallen to the ground, said Steinar Midtskogen with the meteor network.

    "The signal came from a southern direction and coincides with reports of sound heard by people in Ullensaker municipality," NORSAR wrote in a press release.

    The Blue arrow shows the meteor's visible movement over the terrain. Image credit: Norsk Meteor Nettverk

    The agency noted that the meteorite possibly weighed up to 2 kg (2.2 lbs). However, researchers said it may be a challenge to find the meteorite.

    "It would have been fun to find it, but it requires first and foremost luck to find a meteor deep in the forest," said Tormod Kværna with NORSTAR.

    "We are talking about very small rocks, and if they end up somewhere out in the woods and there is snow, then it is almost hopeless to find now," Midtskogen added.

    "There is an area of ​​several square kilometers that must be searched. I reckon that there may be some smaller meteorites here at a few hundred grams maybe, so it will be a bit like the needle in the haystack. We are talking about stones the size of an apple or smaller."

    Norsk Meteor Nettverk videos:

    In an update posted on January 11, NORSAR said ground impact signal was recorded at 23:24:36 UTC -- 15 to 20 km (9 - 12.4 miles) S of their measuring station at Løten in Innlandet -- around Eidsfjellet, east of Tangen, and west of Flisa.

    The yellow line shows the track of the meteor and the marker NORSAR's station.

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  • Huge Fireball Explodes Over Central Japan, Creates Loud Rumbling Noise

    Social media was abuzz Sunday after reports that an object emitting an intense light had been spotted falling from the skies above Japan in the early hours of the morning.

    The fireball, believed to be a bolide -- a type of shooting star often compared to a full moon for its brightness -- could be seen clearly from parts of western and central Japan.

    A man in his 20s living in Gifu Prefecture was able to capture the shooting star on camera as it momentarily lit up the sky at around 1:35 a.m. Sunday morning.

    "It made a rumbling noise," one Twitter user wrote, while another said, "The sky went totally bright."

    Takeshi Inoue, director of the Akashi Municipal Planetarium in Hyogo Prefecture, said that while shooting stars brighter than Venus are generally known as bolides, it is rare for them to be so bright.

    "We believe the last burst of light was as bright as the full moon," he said.

    In July, a similarly bright shooting star was observed moving from southwest to northeast in the sky above Tokyo. It was later identified as a meteor after fragments were found in neighboring Chiba Prefecture.

    This is the 2nd Fireball incident for Japan in the past 4 days.

  • Immense Fireball Skyrockets Across Duluth, Minnesota

    The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 88 reports (event 7723-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over MI, MN and WI on Wednesday, December 16th 2020 around 12:48 UT.

    One video was uploaded to the AMS website:

  • Meteor Fireball Brightens the Puerto Rican Sky, Second in Four Days

    Hundreds of people called up the authorities and updated their social media timelines as the locals spotted a fireball in the night skies of Puerto Rico.

    The locals took to social media to share pictures and videos of colourful fireball above the Caribbean island.

    A video was shot and shared by Frankie Lucena (@frankie57pr) on Twitter in which the fireball can be seen heading in a downward direction, which the spectator claimed can be "a Taurid".

    The spectacular scene was spotted as the Orionid meteor shower was peaking in the area. This region has seen an increase in these activities with hundreds of Puerto Ricans spotting unexplained "white dots" in the sky during daylight hours, as reported by the Caribbean Astronomical Society.

    "We are totally sure that what was seen in the sky were these balloons, since we even managed to capture photos through telescopes, at a time when the naked eye could see the same white dots that many saw," the Caribbean Astronomical Society said in a statement.

    A bright meteor fireball was reported over Puerto Rico on the 17th Oct by the Society for Astronomy of the Caribbean (SAC), as relayed by local media on the 18th.

    The event was described by Eddie Irizarry, vice president of the SAC: "It was a space rock probably several feet in diameter disintegrating through the atmosphere,"

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  • Meteor/Bolide Explosions over Central U.S. and Puerto Rico

    A significant meteor explosion took place over Albany, Missouri on November 12.

    The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 16 reports (event 6561-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over IA, KS, MN, MO, NE and OK on Thursday, November 12th 2020 around 01:05 UT.

    A video from Daniel B, a resident in Albany, Missouri was uploaded to their website.

    This meteor explosion was captured facing southwest in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico on Nov. 13, 2020 at 1:23am local time (5:23 UTC

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  • Mysterious 'rock on fire' spotted over Morcambe, U.K.

    A mysterious flaming rock in the sky has had people in Morecambe scratching their heads.

    What appeared to be a "big rock on fire" was seen over the town at around 8.15am on Monday (December 7).

    Two 11-year-old boys, Thomas Wilson and Jay Grounds, saw the strange object while walking to school and managed to take a picture of it:

    Jay's mum, Beth, said: "My son and his friend Thomas saw what the described as a big rock on fire in the sky this morning on their way to school and Thomas got this picture of it. Did anyone else see it around 8.15am?"

    She added that the boys said that it disappeared from view after a few moments.

    The picture of the mystery object was the subject of much discussion on Facebook with some people saying it was a meteor, others saying it was a solar flare, while others argued it could have been the sun reflecting from an aeroplane vapour trail.

    LancsLive decided to send the picture to experts at UCLan to see if they could provide any answers.

    We spoke to Professor Derek Ward-Thompson, who is Head of School of Natural Sciences, at the university.

    He said the most likely explanation was that it was a meteorite.

    Professor Ward-Thompson said: "If it only lasted for seconds, then it is a meteor - what is known as a fireball. This sounds most likely, as they are describing a 'rock in the sky'.

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