Hundreds report meteor fireball blazing over Eastern US

A streak of bright light, described as a meteor, was sighted in parts of the United States Wednesday morning, according to Twitter users. The astronomical event was sighted in Cincinnati and in Kentucky. Twitter users reported the sighting before 6:30 a.m. Many users said it appeared blue or green, then turned orange before it burned out. “Just happened to look southeast this morning before 6:30 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…

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Meteor fireball over Spain on Sep. 25

This bright meteor overflew the south of Spain on 2020 September 25 at about 23:52 local time (equivalent to 21:52 universal time). It was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at around 39,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 80 km over Seville, and ended at a height of around 26 km over Córdoba. The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN). The event was spotted from…

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Asteroid the size of a bus flew within just 13,000 miles of the Earth

An asteroid the size of a bus is set to make a close flyby of Earth on September 24. Dubbed 2020 SW, the object will travel pass some 13,000 miles from Earth, which is closer than moon and weather satellites floating in space. After the asteroid was spotted by the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona on September 18, follow-up observations determined it is 15 to 30 feet wide and will make its closes approach at 7:12am ET. Experts say 2020 SW is not on an impact trajectory with Earth,…

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Meteor fireball streaks over Western 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. Source

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Mystery after ‘unbelievably loud bang’ heard over Suffolk, England

An “unbelievably loud bang” woke up residents across Suffolk this morning, prompting questions over its origin. The noise was heard by a number of people in towns and villages across the east of the county shortly after 6.30am today. Residents in Framlingham, Kettleburgh and Saxmundham have all reported hearing the mysterious bang, which sounded “like an explosion”. One dog walker said the noise scared her dog so much it was left shaking. Another person described the noise as “unbelievably loud” and said it made his house shake. Source

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Mysterious tremor, deafening bang that ‘shook homes’ leaves Snowdonia, Wales residents baffled

A mysterious tremor was felt by residents on the edges of Snowdonia today. Debbie Green, who owns a farm near Cwm Silyn, described the noise as “deafening”. The farmer said that she began to feel a vibration in her feet when sat in her living room, but suddenly heard a “massive noise” before her entire house began to shake. The incident caused her dogs to “kick off” and spooked the horses on the farm who had to be calmed down afterwards. Other people in the area experienced something similar at…

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Bright meteor fireball recorded over southern Spain

This beautiful meteor overflew the south of Spain on 2020 September 14 at about 2:23 local time (equivalent to 0:23 universal time). It was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from a comet that hit the atmosphere at around 80,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 102 km over Ciudad Real, and ended at a height of around 34 km over Córdoba. The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN). The event was spotted…

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Amateur astronomer discovers kilometer-size asteroid

We have not yet found all the large, potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as highlighted by the recent discovery of a kilometer-size asteroid. Amateur astronomer Leonardo Amaral was scanning the skies on the night of August 27th, imaging a region in the constellation Indus, when he picked up a cosmic interloper: the asteroid 2020 QU6. Amaral used the 0.3-meter reflector at the Campo dos Amarais observatory near Sau Paulo, Brazil. The observatory had received a recent upgrade thanks to a Planetary Society grant. Turns out, 2020 QU6 is about a kilometer…

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Loud boom heard in Kilkenny, Ireland – again!

In a case of “hear” we go again another Big Bang was heard in Kilkenny last night. A number of residents in the city & even on the Bennettsbridge Road reported a loud boom before midnight. It follows a mystery sound that echoed on August 1, the source of which has yet to be confirmed – it’s still under investigation by gardai. (More about that here). A garda spokesperson this morning told KCLR News that some members also heard last night’s noise but don’t believe it to be anything sinister.…

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Meteor fireball booms over California in stunning video – ”That was a close call’

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. Source

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Meteor fireball over central Spain (Sep. 4)

This bright meteor overflew Spain on 2020 September 4 at about 3:14 local time (equivalent to 1:14 universal time). It was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at around 54,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 101 km over the province of Toledo, and ended at a height of around 75 km. The total length travelled by the meteoroid in the atmosphere was of about 45 km. The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by…

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Meteor fireball spotted in background of news bulletin in Sydney

Channel 7 viewers in Sydney were stunned last night when a meteor shot into the Earth’s atmosphere during the news. Mark Ferguson was presenting the 6pm bulletin when a meteor was visible in the live feed of Sydney’s skyline in the background. Some eagle-eyed viewers noticed the object and posted about it on a Facebook group dedicated to meteor sightings. Ferguson called into Sunrise this morning and spoke about the incident, telling the breakfast show hosts: “I didn’t know too much at the exact time but within a few seconds…

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Meteor fireball over the south of Spain on September 3

This beautiful meteor overflew the south of Spain on 2020 September 3 at about 2:35 local time (equivalent to 0:35 universal time). It was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at around 97,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 80 km over the Gulf of Cadiz (Atlantic Ocean), and ended at a height of around 44 km over the sea level. The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by the Southwestern Europe Meteor…

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Pennies from heaven: Meteorites worth thousands of dollars rain upon Brazilian town

The largest chunk of the meteorite, weighing about 40 kilograms, is reportedly worth around $26,000. Residents of a remote town in northeastern Brazil called Santa Filomena recently received an unexpected bonanza when chunks of a meteorite believed to be 4.6 billion-year-old started falling “like rain” from the sky on 19 August, the Daily Mail reports. According to the newspaper, the meteorite was a “rare chondrite which dates back to the origins of the Solar System”, and whose fragments turned out to be quite valuable, with the biggest chunk, weighing about…

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Mystery as massive boom shakes homes across Merseyside, UK

Homes across Kirkby and beyond reportedly had “lights flicker” and “windows rattle” after a massive bang woke residents up. Dozens of people said they heard what sounded like an “explosion” in the early hours of this morning, around 1am. Kirkby resident Lesley Parr told the Echo her social media was full of people talking about the “total mystery”, with many left scratching their heads as to what the sound was. She said: “It was heard all over Kirkby, Fazakerley, Huyton, Stockbridge Village, Knowsley Village etc. “I’m off Ribblers Lane, we…

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Stunning meteor fireball seen in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan

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…

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Meteor fireball lights up night sky over Greece

A meteor burned up on the night skies over Greece on Tuesday evening, creating a spectacular fireball clearly visible in many parts of the country. The scene was captured on video by a camera belonging to kopaida.gr in Livadia, central Greece. Many social media users hurried to report that they also got a glimpse of the impressive phenomenon. Meteors are from small space debris, frequently only millimeters in size. Most meteoroids that enter the Earth’s atmosphere are so small that they vaporize completely and never reach the planet’s surface. When…

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Amateur skywatcher spots ‘huge green’ meteor fireball over Union, Oregon

Crystal McClurg, an amateur astronomer since she was a child, knows what to expect when she looks up at the night sky. At 12:50 a.m. Sunday, however, she saw the unexpected. McClurg, looking west from her home in Union, observed an object racing across the night sky. It then appeared to crash into a mountain west of La Grande. “It was a huge green fireball,” McClurg said. “Then it turned yellow and broke apart into four or five pieces.” The Union resident, who was alone, then let her emotions get…

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Loud home-rattling boom heard across west Cornwall, UK

A loud explosion has been reported by hundreds of people across Cornwall today. The bang, which “sounded like a bomb”, according to locals, was heard at about 9.30am in west Cornwall between the Camborne and Helston areas. Residents said they felt vibrations that “rattled through” their homes. Dozens of people suggested it could have been a sonic boom by a Hawk jet from RNAS Culdrose. Source

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Meteor fireball over the south of Spain on August 22

This stunning and slow meteor overflew the south of Spain on 2020 August 22 at about 4:02 local time (equivalent to 2:02 universal time). It was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at around 62,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 95 km over the Mediterranean Sea, and ended at a height of around 27 km over the province of The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project (Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, IAA-CSIC), which is being conducted…

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Like a full moon: 2nd meteor fireball since July 2 dazzles 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. Source

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Kilkenny, Ireland residents baffled by mystery ‘loud bang’ heard around city

Gardai in Kilkenny received multiple calls on Tuesday night after reports of a loud bang in the city. Dozens of residents in the south-east county said they heard a strange loud bang around 10pm. The noise was believed to have come from near a cathedral in the City although no damage was reported at the church – KCLR96fm reports. Many people took to Twitter to question what the noise was while some were so concerned that they phoned the Gardai. One person said: “I felt it too, jumped off the…

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Very bright meteor fireball illuminates night sky over Shandong, China

The Chinese Meteor Monitoring Organization (CMMO) runs an automated camera in Shandong Province, monitoring meteor activity above the coast of the Yellow Sea. According to Spaceweather.com on Aug. 16th, it caught the brightest fireball in years. A space rock exploded in the atmosphere over the city of Linyi, turning the midnight sky blue. “The meteor illuminated the whole earth and shook the landscape with a loud sound,” reports CMMO staff member Zhou Kun. “The flash of light, which peaked at 22:59 pm local time, was widely observed across the Shandong…

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Meteor fireball recorded over Toledo, Spain

This bright meteor overflew Spain on 2020 August 14 at about 3:10 local time (equivalent to 1:10 universal time). It was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at around 86,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 107 km over the province of Toledo, and ended at a height of around 57 km. The total length travelled by the meteoroid in the atmosphere was of about 63 km. The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by…

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Meteor fireball seen over Prince Edward Island, Canada during Perseid meteor shower

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. Source

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Loud home-shaking boom in Saranac Lake, New York attributed to sonic boom

State Police say a sonic boom may have caused the explosive sound that rattled homes and businesses in the Adirondack Mountains Thursday morning. The mysterious blast was heard at about 10:10 a.m. in the Saranac Lake area. Troopers in Ray Brook said they were still trying to determine what caused the blast but said it appeared to be a sonic boom. “It’s sounding like there were jets flying over the area,” Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said. Fleishman said members of the State Police aviation operation heard the blast and said it…

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Meteor fireball bursts over UK ‘I have never seen anything so bright’

On July 30, a meteor burst into Earth’s atmosphere producing a blast so bright it could be seen all the way in Belgium. The International Meteor Organisation (IMO) received more than 40 reports from Brits who were stunned by the astronomical phenomenon. David said: “I have seen shooting stars previously but this was much more substantial and nearer to the planet.” Gemma added: “Only guessing it was a shooting star as have never seen anything move so fast or be so bright!” Terry simply said: “Phenomenal”. Asteroids and meteors produce…

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Bright meteor fireball blazes over southern Spain

This stunning meteor overflew the south of Spain on 2020 July 29 at about 2:31 local time (equivalent to 0:31 universal time). It was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at around 57,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 78 km over the province of Granada, and ended at a height of around 41 km over the province of Jaén. The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network…

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