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  • Canada: Immense Ball of Fire Explodes over Alberta Ski Resort

    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.

  • Daylight Meteoroid Explodes over Croatia Causing Seismic Boom

    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.

     

  • Fireball Explodes over Belgium, Meteorites Possible

    A bright fireball exploded over Belgium at 02:04 UTC on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 6 reports from eyewitnesses including those in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany. According to IMO, the meteoroid entered the atmosphere at nearly 12 km/s and an angle close to 60°.

    Six reports submitted to IMO were from observers in District de Luxembourg; Noord-Brabant and Noord-Holland in the Netherlands; Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany; and Vlaanderen in Belgium.

    One viewer from Noord-Holland said he saw the meteor through foggy clouds as it streaked over the top right portion of the sky and flashed two times. Most of the witnesses said the fireball lasted for about three seconds and did not produce any sound.

    The FRIPON network was able to record the event in Belgium. Calculations operated from the recordings indicate that the fireball had a fairly high entry angle -- 60° and a low atmospheric entry speed of 12 km/s (3.33 mps).

    IMO reported that the meteor ended near the tripoint of Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg.

    These meteoroid characteristics are nearly comparable with the fireball that streaked across Italy on New Year. Two meteorites were recovered after the event.

  • Immense Fireball Over Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico

    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.

  • Large fireball explodes over Spain's Andalusia Region, meteorites possible

    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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  • Large Meteor/Fireball Explosion Near Disaster Striken Puerto Rico,

    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.

  • Meteor Explodes over the sky of Sannine, Lebanon

    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).

     

  • Meteor Impact in Nigeria Causes Explosion, Creates Deep Crater

    The explosion that rocked Akure, Ondo state capital, on Saturday, was caused by a giant rock from space known as meteors, a team of experts have concluded.

    A meteor is what happens when a meteoroid – a small piece of an asteroid – burns up upon entering earth’s atmosphere, creating a streak of light in the sky.

    The experts led by Adepelumi Adekunle, a professor of geophysics and earthquake engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University, said the meteors impacted the location from “an angle of 43 degrees”.

    TheCable obtained a copy of their report findings on the explosion on Sunday.

    TheCable had reported how the blast, which occurred on Saturday morning, injured some residents and destroyed a lot of houses in the area.

    The explosion also caused a deep crater on the site it occurred, cutting off the road and hindering vehicular movement.

    Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of the state, had told journalists the blast occurred after a truck conveying explosives to a quarry exploded.

    “I have been briefed by the security chiefs that in the early hours of Saturday March 28th, a vehicle in a convoy transporting explosives to a storage facility in a neighbouring state developed a fault while in transit along the Akure Owo Road about 2km from the Akure Airport,” the governor had said.

    But Adekunle said findings by his team suggest the explosion was caused by a natural phenomena, thereby contradicting the governor.

    He added there was no evidence of a buried vehicle, buried ordinance or explosives from the site, and that “foreign rocks and strange metallic objects” were found within the crater crated.

    His report read: “My Research group carried out a detailed analysis of the impact site. A circular impact crater with 21m diameter and 7.8m depth was found which suggest a natural phenomenal.

    “Water was found oozing out from the edges of the crater. A preliminary insitu vibration, noise, seismicity, water analysis, radioactivity studies, rock and soil investigation were carried out.

    “Our findings suggest that the impact of the blasting covers 1km radius of the surroundings of the crater. No evidence of fire or Burning of anything was found within the vicinity.

    “No evidence of radioactivity radiation was found within the crater and immediate vicinity. The field evidence point to a conclusion that a meteoric from an asteroid belt that travels at a great speed from space impacted the location at an angle of 43 degrees created an ejecta at South-Western part.”

    He also said a crack opening that vary in thickness from 3mm to 4 metres occurred on the wall of most of the buildings in the area, “but not at the base of the buildings”.

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    The meteoroids, as explained earlier, are particles formed when two asteroids smash into another, causing their pieces to break off. An asteroid in itself is a small rocky body that orbits the sun.

    This kind of explosions happen elsewhere — and not the first that Nigeria has suffered.

    In 1962, a farmer was almost struck by a big meteorite when it came crashing down in Zagami, Katsina state.

    One of the most recent of meteor explosions was in March, 2019, which the US detected.

    It was the second largest of its kind in 30 years, and the biggest since the fireball over Chelyabinsk in Russia six years ago, in which about 1,000 persons were injured.

    Any way to avoid them? The best we could do is to act upon warnings which comes years earlier than such occurrences from the space, The Guardian reports.

    “An asteroid threat is a natural hazard that we could probably do something about now with the technology we already have. All we need to do is make it miss Earth, but in such a way that it doesn’t then come back some years later and collide with the Earth,” it adds.

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“Is It An Asteroid?” Nigerians Question Strange Explosion In Akure

The Ondo State is yet to give a formal report on the issue

  • Meteor Reportedly Impacts the Earth in India Creating Panic

    A meteorite has reportedly fallen near a Sahibabad railway station in the city of Ghaziabad, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on March 5, 2020.

    According to local media reports, the event took place during heavy rains. A loud thunder-like sound was heard before the object hit the ground, causing panic among locals.

    City fire brigade officials said the object kept smoldering even after they doused the flames. Scientists who examined it suggested the material which fell from the sky seems to be sodium, as it gave rise to fumes when it came in contact with water.

    Samples were sent to a laboratory in Lucknow for further testing.

    Several residents said they saw three objects falling from the sky.

    A similar meteorite hit the ground Alwar, Rajasthan, creating a huge 20 feet deep (6 meters) crater in February 2020

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  • Meteorite Shakes the Earth in India, Leaves 20 Foot Deep Crater

    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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