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  • 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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  • Bright Fireball Streaks Across Northern L.A.

    More than 80 people submitted their eyewitness reports to the American Meteor Society (AMS) after a bright fireball streaked through the night sky over southern California at 02:49 UTC on March 21, 2021 (19:49 PDT, March 20).

    According to NASA Meteor Watch, the meteor was first spotted 96 km (60 miles) above Church Dome in the Sequoia National Forest northeast of Bakersfield.

    It moved south of east at 138 400 km/h (86 000 mph) before ablating 69 km (43 miles) above Goldstone, traveling a total distance of 140 km (87 miles) in just under 4 seconds.

  • 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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  • Daylight fireball over Brazil causes sonic blast

    A daylight fireball was recorded over the sky of Bahia, Brazil at around 13:02 UTC (10:02 LT) on Monday, May 17, 2021. The event was followed by a sonic boom heard by residents of the Macaúbas Brotas region.

    The bolide was detected by the GOES-16 weather satellite and 4 cameras of the Clima ao Vivo.

    Daytime meteors are rare because they are usually overshadowed by the brightness of the day. To be visible, they need to be really great, the Brazilian Meteor Observation Network said.

  • Daylight Fireball over San Francisco Causes Sonic Blast and Shaking

    Bay Area residents took to Twitter Thursday night to report what sounded to some like a sonic boom.

    Some said their houses shook. Others reported hearing an explosion-like noise or a loud boom. Some speculated that the sound may have been the result of a meteor.

    One Twitter user said the phenomenon occurred around 7:20 p.m. Most of the reports appeared to be coming from residents of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

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    The National Weather Service's Bay Area branch said it was aware of the social media reports, but did not see or hear anything unusual from its Monterey office. Thick clouds hanging over the office, however, would have obscured anything in the sky, NWS said.

    UPDATEA METEOR which flew through the Californian skies in broad daylight left some locals wondering if the incoming space rock hit the Santa Cruz mountains.

    Earlier today, a meteor flew through the skies of California. Tens of people in California saw the meteor, most of those around the San Francisco area. Witnesses flocked to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) to report their sighting.

    Some were concerned that it was going to make land surface - which it did not.

    A person named Cole told the IMO: "It was extremely close looking compared to any other meteor-like object I've observed and was headed towards the direction of Briones Reservoir.

    "Could've touched down not too far from my location but am unsure. Very visible fragmentation."

    Daniel added: "It was headed toward Black Mountain technically in the Santa Cruz Mountains; I am quite curious if it impacted on the face of the mountains I can see or if it streaked over or burned up before impact."

    Julia said: "It was a clear blue sky and the sun was still up.

    "It had a trail as it streaked across and it looked like silver and blue fire. Then the fireball vanished."

    Ryan told the IMO: "I have seen quite a few meteors, this was the first I've ever seen during the day time.

    "It was significant enough my peripheral vision caught it immediately while driving down a busy interstate."

    Thankfully, the meteor did not make land and the explosion can be attributed to a small meteor hitting the atmosphere.

  • 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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  • Fireball Explosion and Sonic Boom over Brunei

    A huge fireballboomed over the Brunei skies and was bright enough to be seen in the daylight today, January 31, 2021.

    The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) had received numerous reports by the public who had heard a mysterious loud bang in the sky and put up a notice seeking for first-hand eyewitness accounts.

    Dozens of people sighting the spectacular phenomenon of a roaring sound from a disintegrated meteor based on eyewitness testimonies. The large boom that was heard and felt from across all districts in Brunei.

    Haziq, 22 years old, reported to PABD of first seeing an unexpected bright blueish-green light falling from the sky over Mulaut, and tried to take the photo of the moment. Haziq mentioned “The brightness increased really quick then reduced to an orange reddish colour for a fraction of a second.”

    The frightful sound or sonic boom apparently accompanied this planetary rock from space. Another eyewitness, Zaty, 35, also encountered a similar shocking moment from Jerudong. She said, “I saw a bright ball of fire coming from the sky and there was a loud explosion a minute later.”

    Some eyewitnesses had reported of seeing the similar meteor streaked through the sky over Lumut. An anonymous observer, 33, said “I believe I saw a meteor occurred this morning on our approach to land at Anduki Heliport in Seria around 11 a.m. local time, but I didn’t hear if there is any explosion due to noise from helicopter”.

    An off road adventurer, Abd Wafiy bin Hj Rudzi, 22, was amazed by the sighting, with the footage captured on a car-dash cam, a blazing meteor was bright enough to be seen in the daylight from Kampong Kulapis, Brunei

    Hakem from Tutong said “We were at Penanjong beach and my daughter saw a light orange ball in the sky with a tail of light for a couple of seconds before it disappeared “.

    An e-mail from Lau Shien Chung to PABD reported that the fireball was also spotted from Temburong. She mentioned, “One of my colleagues, Ginda, saw a fire trail in the sky at Temburong National Park. He saw the blazing fire at first and the sound of explosion came after.”

    Meteors are an irregular and not normal events. Most of the time, meteors are the result of the complete burnt up of a small meteoroid in the atmosphere. Few meteoroids did survive to Earth which are called meteorites.

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  • Fireball in the Canadian sky was a comet fragment

    Update Feb 26, 2021: Researchers have discovered what caused the giant fireball that lit up the sky earlier this week.

    On Monday morningjust before 6:30, hundreds of Albertans from Calgary to Fort McMurray reported seeing a bright flash in the sky.

    The phenomenon was even witnessed by some people in Saskatchewan.

    Now, scientists at the University of Alberta believe the bright, cosmic light was a small piece of a comet that burned up in the atmosphere.

    “Using two observation sites, we were able to calculate both its trajectory and velocity, which tell us about the origin of the meteor and reveal that it was a piece of a comet,” said Patrick Hill, with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

    “This chunk was largely made of dust and ice, burning up immediately without leaving anything to find on the ground—but instead giving us a spectacular flash.”

    Researchers said the comet streaked through the sky to a final point on its trajectory 120 kilometres north of Edmonton.

    The small piece of space rock, likely only tens of centimetres across in size, was travelling at more than 220,000 km/hr when it entered the atmosphere.

    “This incredible speed and the orbit of the fireball tell us that the object came at us from way out at the edge of the solar system—telling us it was a comet, rather than a relatively slower rock coming from the asteroid belt,” said Chris Herd, curator of the UAlberta Meteorite Collection.

    “Comets are made up of dust and ice and are weaker than rocky objects, and hitting our atmosphere would have been like hitting a brick wall for something travelling at this speed.”

    The fireball lit up social media on Monday as Albertans shared their photos and video of the event.

    The team from the University of Alberta used Western Canada’s most advanced fireball network to calculate the trajectory of the fireball, using dark-sky images captured at the Hesje Observatory at the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station and at Lakeland College’s observation station in Vermilion.

    While nothing has been found on the ground, it is a relief to some that the mystery of the fireball has been solved.

    “This is an incredible mystery to have solved,” said Herd. “We’re thrilled that we caught it on two of our cameras, which could give everyone who saw this amazing fireball a solution.”

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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:

  • Large, glowing fireball bolts across the sky in Japan

    A glowing object crossing the sky was captured on Monday night over the Fukuoka and Nagasaki prefectures in Japan. The phenomenon was captured on video by cameras in the area and seen by several witnesses who described it as a ball of light, pick up the chain NHK.

    Satoshi Imamura, an expert in space issues, dispelled doubts about the nature of the object and explained that it was a bright shooting star known as a fireball or bolide.

  • 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-fireball turns the Central Asian night sky green

    The fall of the celestial object, probably a meteorite, was observed in several countries in the region, including Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

    On Tuesday, residents of the Chui and Bishkek region in Kyrgyzstan, a nation located in Central Asia, were surprised by a bright flash that illuminated the night sky intensely as it fell towards Earth. The phenomenon, presumably caused by a meteorite, is already being investigated by the corresponding authorities, local media report .

    In the videos of the event, a bright white object can be observed falling towards our planet and illuminate, at least for a few moments, the clouds in the night sky with an intense light green color, before continuing its journey towards the earth's surface.

    According to eyewitnesses from the areas near the city of Bishkek, the capital of the country, the glare caused by the alleged meteorite was so intense that the sky lit up as if it were daytime.



    For her part, the head of the Institute of Seismology of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, Gulzhán Saadáyeva, pointed out that it is unlikely that the object has fallen in that country, since the phenomenon was also appreciated in Tashkent, capital from neighboring Uzbekistan.

    However, Saadáyeva assured that the records are already being studied by the experts of the institute that he heads, who will provide detailed information once the investigations are concluded.

    (Google translation)

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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'.

  • Spectacular Fireball Explosion over Melbourne, Australia

    According to Facebook comments, the space rock disintegrated for over 5 seconds in the night sky at around 10:40 p.m.

    Look this first video of the spectacular bolide.

    Another video was captured by a CCTV camera in a parking lot in Korumburra, a city situated 120 kilometres south-east of Melbourne.

    Dashcam footage posted to Facebook by Leesa Vaughan, and recorded from the Monash Freeway in Melbourne, shows the object flash in the night sky.

    There seem to have been great visuals from greater Melbourne areas but reports suggest it was seen from regional Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.

    This actually means across all southeast Australia:

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