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  • A ski resort in Banff National Park captured a massive fireball meteor burning through the sky early in the morning on Wednesday, February 19. Sunshine Village's IT team checked on their Jackrabbit chairlift camera after hearing reports of an Alberta meteor sighting. As revealed by the time mark on the footage, at around 12:16 a.m, a giant exploding meteor ripped through the sky in the north-east direction.

    This isn't the first time this month that Albertans caught a fireball exploding across the sky.

    Calgarians witnessed a dazzling fireball flying across the sky on Saturday, February 9, leading locals to go on social media to react to this unusual sighting in the sky.

    We might have missed this week's astronomical phenomena altogether had it not been for the Jackrabbit camera situated on the ski hill's chairlift.

    The footage shows a massive ball of white light moving across the sky and as it falls, it explodes into a yellow flame. By the time it hits the horizon, it has completely disappeared.

    It may have only lasted for a few seconds but these are the kind of natural sensations that last in our memories for a long, long time.

    Kendra Scurfield, a spokesperson for Sunshine Village, spoke to CTV News about the rare sight. She said their cameras tend to catch amazing wonders like this from time to time.

    She added, "It was a huge fireball, almost like the sun."

    Scurfield also said that their lift camera had previously recorded videos of the meteors during the Perseids meteor shower.

    The Calgary Heraldstated that the University of Calgary has reached out to the resort to access this video so that they can locate where the meteor fell. They are looking to harvest the meteorite.

  • A spectacular daylight fireball exploded over northern Croatia at 09:31 UTC on February 28, 2020. The event was witnessed from all over Croatia, Slovenia, and parts of northern Italy. It was followed by a sonic boom, registered by seismographs as an earthquake. It is possible some pieces of the object survived the atmospheric entry.

    Although some residents initially thought it was an airplane breaking the sound barrier or an earthquake, the Croatian Astronomical Union (CAU) confirmed it was, in fact, a bolide -- extremely bright meteor.

    The sonic boom was registered in capital Zagreb at 09:34 UTC, three minutes after the visual spectacle. The sound lasted for several seconds and was heard across northern Croatia.

    Some residents reported their windows shook as a result of the explosion, but there are no reports of material damage.

    According to the CAU, the meteor exploded at a height of about 30 km (18.6 miles).

    It is possible some pieces survived atmospheric entry, but it's still unclear where they might have landed.

    According to unofficial reports, a piece of the object was found in the city of Koprivnica.

     

  • A bright fireball was recorded streaking through the night sky over Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico at 02:18 UTC on February 19, 2020 (20:18 LT on February 18). The event was recorded by several webcams.

    In 24 hours to 17:00 UTC on February 18, the monitoring systems of the Popocatépetl volcano registered 234 exhalations, 352 minutes of tremor and 9 minor explosions accompanied by the emission of gases and light amounts of ash that dispersed to the northwest, in addition to emission of fragments in some of them. 

    With the support of the National Guard, a reconnaissance overflight was made to the crater of the Popocatépetl volcano yesterday.

    During this overflight, specialists from the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) of the National Civil Protection Coordination and researchers from the Geophysics Institute of UNAM, were able to observe the morphological conditions of the volcano.

    The internal crater maintains a diameter of 350 m (1 150 feet) and its approximate depth is 100 to 150 m (330 - 492 feet), which is covered by tephra. In general, no substantial changes have been observed.

  • A large fireball exploded over Spain's Andalusia region around 23:00 UTC on January 28, 2020. The event was particularly seen over the cities of Cadiz and Seville, from more than 400 km (248 miles) away.

    One fragment reportedly fell in La Campina de Sevilla, in an area near Arahal.

    The event was picked up by the detectors that the Southwest Europe Meteor and Winds Network operates in various portions of Andalusia. Images were acquired from the observatories of Calar Alto, La Sagra, and Seville. According to reports, the fireball's luminosity was greater than that of the full moon.

    These detectors work within the SMART Project's framework, which aims to continuously monitor the skies to record and examine the impacts of space rocks against the Earth's atmosphere.

    Some of the witnesses, especially from the provinces of Seville, Cadiz, and Huelva have reached out to the research network, reporting their sightings.

    Astrophysicist and SMART Project researcher Jose Maria Madiedo of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia has studied the phenomenon, and the analysis showed that the meteorite plummeted into the atmosphere at around 61 000 km/h (37 904 mph) north of Cadiz.

    The rock's rapid plunge caused it to become incandescent, producing a bright ball of fire at an altitude of roughly 91 km (56 miles).

    Moreover, the fireball advanced northeastward towards Seville and faded when it was at an altitude of around 20 km (12 miles), almost over the town of Arahal.

    Such fireballs usually disintegrate in the atmosphere, but according to the preliminary analysis of this particular fireball, small pieces of the rock could have survived meteor's sharp fall through our planet's atmosphere and crashed into the ground.

    Further examination is underway to identify the rock's mass.

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  • A bright meteor fireball disintegrated in the sky over Puerto Rico on January 17 at 4:30 p.m. EST time Friday, Jan 17. Picture via NOAA satellite

    While the disaster-striken Puerto Rico is currently experiencing an almost unprecedented earthquake swarm, a bright fireball exploded across the sky in Puerto Rico Friday afternoon, prompting local residents to speculate if it was a bad omen.

    The NOAA satellite captured the brilliant space rock exploding over Puerto Rico at around 4:30 p.m. EST time on Jan 17.

    According to astronomers, such a large ball of fire is quite a rare event. Some even say, the celestial body may have measured at least a few feet in length.

    Many skywatchers reported hearing a loud noise.

    Puerto Rico is experiencing an unprecedented earthquake swarm since December 28, 2019 and residents are still struggling to recover from 2017’s Hurricane Maria.

  • It's claimed to be one of the biggest ever recorded in the Middle East, and the scene is splendid!

    Nizar Samir Al Murr was in his car driving through the snowy roads of Mount Sannine when his built-in car camera caught the moment in which a falling meteor passed by the skies of the Sannine mountain.

    Shocked as anyone, it is evident in the video that he did not expect to see the rocky body casually flying in the sky of Lebanon and exploding in colorful lights. A "what is this?!" exclamation is heard in the video as the meteor sped down and then sparkled, glowing the night sky.

    When Nizar slow-motioned the video, the meteor is shown crystal clear -and somehow greenish in color - falling and glowing through the night.

    He said that this meteor is one of the biggest meteors ever recorded in the Middle East, and apparently Nizar was not the only one who saw the falling star but was the only one lucky enough to catch it on video.

    A number of people commenting on his Facebook post were relieved that someone was able to catch what they witnessed with their own bare eyes: The beautiful moment the sky suddenly brightened, an hour and a half before midnight.

    However, some people questioned the factual claim behind a meteor showing during this time of the year.

    A Facebook user commented, "That something that entered the atmospheric field of the earth... It might be a falling satellite... Or just something else... But it definitely entered our atmosphere."

    Two other users replied to his comment, saying: "Debris from space... this time is not a meteor shower peak... the peak was on January, 4," and, "Fireball, happens all the time, especially on some specific meteor showers. Super cool."

    Nonetheless, a statement from an official geologist regarding the identity of the falling cosmetic object has not been made yet, which leaves the facts to our imagination and own analysis.

    Some people linked the falling meteor with the earthquake that hit Turkey on January 24, and that also hit Lebanon but in much less strength (causing no casualties in Lebanon unlike Turkey).

     

  • A meteorite crashed into a factory compound in Rajasthan's Alwar village, India early Tuesday local time, February 11, 2020, leaving a 6 m (20 feet) deep crater in the compound. The event was captured on videos, showing the sky lit up as the meteor pummels into the ground. No building damage has been reported.

    The phenomenon occurred at around 05:18 LT (February 10 at 23:48 UTC) at the Itarana industrial area, where a CCTV camera caught the bright meteor before hitting the ground.

    Reports said a blast was felt as the meteor fell, with people initially believing it was an earthquake.

    A resident named Rajesh Kumar Gupta said woke up to the loud explosion in the morning. He decided to go out of the house to check the happening and said he felt a gust of strong wind.

    In addition, farmers in Fauladpur city of Shahjahanpur also reported witnessing the meteor. According to another resident named Ajay Chaudhary, there was a sudden flash of light in the sky.

    Although no damage has been reported in the vicinity, the object left a 6 m (20 feet) deep crater in the compound of the factory. The police have since cordoned off the area.

    The fireball was also reported by CNEOS at an altitude of 41.7 km (25.9 miles) and coordinates 28.2N/76.7E. It had a speed of 31.7 km/s and total impact energy of 0.095 kilotons.

    Chairman of astronomical organization Space India, Sachin Bamba, confirmed that the object was indeed a meteor.

    Space India said its team will conduct research to study the object's origin.

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