Thunderous mystery boom rattles central Maryland

© Screenshot via Nest Cam Dozens of ear-witnesses in College Park, Greenbelt and Berwyn Heights, including this journalist, reported hearing a loud, explosion-like boom in the early-morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. The noise rattled residents, who took to social media to report their experiences. As of Sunday evening, no definitive cause for the noise has been disclosed by local officials. This journalist was drinking on his balcony near the intersection of 49th Avenue and Tecumseh Road in College Park when he heard the mystery boom at around 1:45…

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Bright meteor fireball reported over north Alabama

© Jason CarnegieJason Carnegie submitted this photo from Moores Mill in Huntsville, Alabama at 9:40 pm Sunday. Did you notice a bright flash of light around 9:30pm Sunday night? If so, you may have spotted a fireball! The American Meteor Society notes that more than 60 eyewitnesses reported the fireball in numerous states, including Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. Eyewitnesses report the fireball was visible for roughly 1.5 – 3.5 seconds. Additional information and reports are forthcoming regarding Sunday night’s fireball. However, many across the Tennessee Valley spotted…

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FLASHBACK: It’s called Apophis. It’s 390m wide. And it could hit Earth in 31 years time

In Egyptian myth, Apophis was the ancient spirit of evil and destruction, a demon that was determined to plunge the world into eternal darkness. A fitting name, astronomers reasoned, for a menace now hurtling towards Earth from outerspace. Scientists are monitoring the progress of a 390-metre wide asteroid discovered last year that is potentially on a collision course with the planet, and are imploring governments to decide on a strategy for dealing with it. Nasa has estimated that an impact from Apophis, which has an outside chance of hitting the…

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Extremely bright meteor fireball in the skies over the western-central Mediterranean – August 16th, 2019

Extremely bright meteor fireball A very bright meteor appeared in the skies over the western-central Mediterranean yesterday evening, August 16th at around 22:43 CEST. Videos indicate a very significant event. The fireball was likely significantly brighter than the full Moon, indicating a sizeable incoming meteoroid. It was a long-duration event, lasting over 4 seconds. The meteor reached peak brightness in a series of bright flares, which appear to have resulted in fragmentation of the meteoroid – several fragments are visible towards the end of the luminous path. It appears likely…

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Bright meteor fireball seen from across western Mediterranean

Extremely bright meteor fireball A very bright meteor appeared in the skies over the western-central Mediterranean yesterday evening, August 16th at around 22:43 CEST. Videos indicate a very significant event. The fireball was likely significantly brighter than the full Moon, indicating a sizeable incoming meteoroid. It was a long-duration event, lasting over 4 seconds. The meteor reached peak brightness in a series of bright flares, which appear to have resulted in fragmentation of the meteoroid – several fragments are visible towards the end of the luminous path. It appears likely…

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FLASHBACK: Back in 1944, large daytime meteor turned many heads in eastern Midwest US

© ABC NewsStock photo A visitor from outer space streaked across the sky the morning of Aug. 18, 1944, leading some to fear the Tri-State was being bombarded by rockets from Nazi Germany. That was just one of the outlandish theories people expressed about the meteor. Some apparently were hesitant to mention what they had seen because they didn’t want to spread fear or be ridiculed. The only Henderson County resident who came forward to The Gleaner the day the meteor fell was Hilary Baskett, who had gone to check…

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Meteor lights up sky, shakes homes in southwest Missouri

© meteoriteclub.com Ryan Johnson was heading home to Carthage Sunday afternoon when he saw something in the sky that took his breath away. “We were heading east near Fredonia (Kansas) when a meteor fell straight down,” Johnson recalled. “It looked like a big shooting star. It was long, but it was quick. Wow. I’ve never seen one in the daylight.” He said the meteor left a brief smoke trail but didn’t appear to hit the ground. “It was fast enough that me and my wife saw it, but our son,…

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Bizarre fireball seen flying around the sky over Northampton, UK

© Lauren TesterThe ‘fireball’ seen over Brixworth. Eye-witnesses believe a bizarre object that looks like a ball of fire seen over Northampton and the surrounding area ‘was a UFO’. The strange ball of light seemed to swirl around in the sky for no apparent reason for a few seconds before disappearing. Luke Pawsey saw it while in Northampton on June 22, while his friend Lauren Tester managed to film it from her home in Brixworth, which you can watch in the video above. The 20-year-old, who works in the social…

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Perseids meteor shower to peak Monday night with stunning FIREBALL displays

© NASA/Ron Garan (@Astro_Ron)Perseid meteor shower as seen from the International Space Station It’s that time of year again, when the spectacular Perseid meteor shower rains fire across the night sky. The days-long fireball fiesta is expected to peak this evening with an estimated 80 shooting stars per hour at its height. Widely seen as one of the most entertaining celestial events of the year, the Perseids meteor shower is caused by meteoroids from the debris trail of the Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle which orbits the sun once every 133 years. Those…

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Flash of light seen in sky above southwest Victoria, Australia was meteor falling to earth

© The Standard/Tracey Reid A meteorite which was seen in the skies above the south-west last night was spotted from as far away as Hamilton and Portland. Security camera footage of the bright light falling to earth was captured by Tracey Reid’s home CCTV in Horsham at 8.27pm, but it was seen and heard by people in Hamilton and Portland. Astronomical Society of Victoria president Russ Cockman said it was “definitely a fireball meteor” based on its peak brightness and then the way it faded. “Sometimes small pieces survive passage…

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Bright meteor fireball lights up night sky in Almeria, Spain

© Screenshot via YouTube/Meteors A ball of fire created by a rock from an asteroid lit up the sky over Almeria when it entered the atmosphere at a speed of some 72,000 kilometres per hours over the Mediterranean in front of the provincial coastline. It was so bright it could be seen up to 400 kilometres away. The stunning phenomenon just after 4am on Thursday morning was recorded on external cameras in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from meteor-observing stations at…

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Another asteroid impact on Jupiter as astronomers capture footage of flash

A stargazer landed the shot of a lifetime on Wednesday after he captured extremely rare footage of a mysterious flash of light on Jupiter, which may have been an elusive meteor explosion. Texas astrophotographer Ethan Chappel captured the incredible sight while he was filming the planet, and said the event on Jupiter’s southern equatorial belt “looks awfully like an impact flash.” A bright spot can be seen appearing out of nowhere before it quickly fades away. “After I checked the video and saw the flash, my mind started racing! I…

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Bright nighttime flash seen over the Big Island, Hawaii last week was a meteor

© ATLAS A bright flash that illuminated the sky the night of July 24 was caused by a rock, estimated to be between the size of a softball and basketball, entering the Earth’s atmosphere. The University of Hawaii’s Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System program on Mauna Loa caught an image of the meteor that briefly lit the sky brighter than a full moon. According to a UH news release, the ATLAS program, located at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility on Mauna Loa, searches for hazardous asteroids, and its…

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‘I thought it was Armageddon’ – Perth residents stunned by early morning meteor fireball

Early risers around the Perth metropolitan area were stunned by a bright green light filling the night sky on Wednesday morning, but what looked like Armageddon was most likely a meteor, according to a Perth Observatory staffer. © Brisbane Times Just before 6am 6PR News director Lisa Barnes was out for her morning run near Ellenbrook when she saw the phenomenon light up the sky. “It was so amazing to see, it lit up the whole sky, a quick flash of light and then it drew my eyes to where…

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Spectacular Delta Aquariids meteor shower set to light up skies tonight

© National Park Service An annual meteor shower is set to peak tonight in a stunning night sky display that could see up to 20 flaming by per hour. Here’s everything you need to know to catch the spectacular celestial show. What? The Delta Aquariids meteor shower is a spectacular display of what is essentially space dust and bits of debris from a comet (or comets) in our orbital path that flew close to the Sun. The comet sheds particles that then smash into our atmosphere – around 60 miles…

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Meteor fireball may have dropped meteorites in Ontario

A lime-green meteor as bright as the full Moon streaked across Canadian skies on July 24th and may have delivered free samples from the asteroid belt. © SOMN – Western UniversityAn all-sky camera network captured this fisheye view of a full-moon-bright fireball searing the sky over southern Ontario early on the morning of July 24th. It may have dropped meteorites. At 2:44 a.m. EDT on July 24th, a wolf near Eel Lake in southern Ontario jerked its head skyward in surprise as a 12-inch (30-cm) diameter meteoroid suddenly illuminated the…

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Suspected meteorite crashes into rice field in India

© STR/AFP/Getty ImagesThe object was spotted ‘coming down from the sky’ and then excavated from a 150cm-deep hole by residents of Mahadeva village. Madhubani/Patna: Farmers working in a paddy field at a village in Madhubani district were left shaken when a meteorite-like object weighing around 15kg fell from the sky, leaving a crater at the spot where it crashed. Madhubani DM Shirsat Kapil Ashok told TOI that the incident took place around 2.30pm on Monday. “Agriculture labourers working the paddy field where the meteorite struck claimed that they saw a…

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Meteor fireball widely reported over US east coast

The bright light in the sky was visible in areas from Ontario to New Jersey. Security cameras have captured a fireball caused by an apparent meteor over the east coast of the US. In various pieces of footage shared on social media a bright ball of light can be seen in the night sky. According to local news reports, sightings of the meteor were recorded in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New York and New Jersey, amongst other states. The celestial display was also visible in the east of Canada…

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Closer than the Moon: 3 giant asteroids whizz by Earth in One day This week

© AFP/European Southern Observatory Handout The Earth has been spared from an apocalyptic scenario after three massive asteroids zipped by our planet on Wednesday – with one of the giant space rocks passing closer than the Moon. With a diameter of up to 120 meters, asteroid 2019 OD soared past our planet moving at roughly 43,000 miles per hour at a distance of 222,160 miles from Earth, NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) said. The celestial object capable of inflicting massive damage was closer to Earth than our immediate…

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Incredible video shows meteor fireball streaking across Canadian sky

© Western UniversityThe Western University All-Sky Camera Network in London, Canada, captured this image of a fireball over southern Ontario and Quebec on July 24, 2019, at 4:44 a.m. EDT (0844 GMT). A fireball as bright as the full moon streaked across the Canadian province of Ontario early Wednesday (July 24), possibly throwing meteorites to Earth along the way. The flash of light from a beachball-size space rock was recorded by 10 all-sky cameras deployed by Western University in London, Canada, and mounted across southern Ontario and Quebec. While meteorites…

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Comet fragment or Indian rocket launch? Eerie light seen in the night sky from all over eastern Australia

© Gemma Howard / FacebookThe object as seen from Rubyvale, Queensland, 22 July 2019 An astronomer has explained a strange, bright light that appeared in skies over the Northern Territory and Queensland on Monday night, leaving hundreds of people mystified. Shauna Royes spotted the light over the Julia Creek caravan park in remote north-west Queensland about 7.30pm on Monday night and put a call out to the ABC North West Facebook page to figure out what it was. “We were actually at the caravan park having a bush dinner for…

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Large meteor fireball streaks, breaks apart across Florida sky

Video of a bright meteor streaking across the sky came in to the WFLA newsroom early Friday morning. WFLA viewer Rick Gallas was able to capture the video of the meteor on his security cameras at 11:27 pm Thursday night. This is looking east but he is not the only one who saw this meteor. Rick may have been one of the only ones to capture the meteor on video but plenty of people saw it. Twitter has numerous reports of the meteor being seen all across Florida. The meteor…

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ANOTHER meteor fireball seen from across Florida – Second such event in two weeks

Video of a bright meteor streaking across the sky came in to the WFLA newsroom early Friday morning. WFLA viewer Rick Gallas was able to capture the video of the meteor on his security cameras at 11:27 pm Thursday night. This is looking east but he is not the only one who saw this meteor. Rick may have been one of the only ones to capture the meteor on video but plenty of people saw it. Twitter has numerous reports of the meteor being seen all across Florida. The meteor…

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Boom heard, felt across four western Illinois counties remains mystery

© myjournalcourier.com What’s certain is that dozens of people across at least four counties heard a loud boom or felt a shaking Thursday afternoon. What’s a mystery is where it originated. Emergency and law enforcement agencies in Greene, Morgan, Scott and Pike counties received numerous reports of a loud, explosion-like sound that shook the ground and buildings about 1 p.m. Thursday. Some who felt it quickly took to social media looking for clues. Although there were a few erroneous reports of explosions, most people were left scratching their heads. “It…

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Loud boom reported in South Texas remains a mystery

© Kens 5 Neighbors from La Vernia to Karnes City reported hearing a loud boom Wednesday afternoon on social media. While many people are speculating as to what it may have been, right now the loud boom continues to remain a mystery. Wilson County authorities said they began getting calls into dispatch reporting the boom around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sisters Bailey and Molly Runty were at home in their home in Adkins when they heard it. “We were just sitting in the room, and then we just heard it and…

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Loud boom of unknown origin shakes homes in south Texas

© Kens 5 Neighbors from La Vernia to Karnes City reported hearing a loud boom Wednesday afternoon on social media. While many people are speculating as to what it may have been, right now the loud boom continues to remain a mystery. Wilson County authorities said they began getting calls into dispatch reporting the boom around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sisters Bailey and Molly Runty were at home in their home in Adkins when they heard it. “We were just sitting in the room, and then we just heard it and…

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Very rare meteor cluster recorded in Maranhão, Brazil

© BRAMON A very rare cluster of meteors was registered in the early hours of June 26 from the BRAMON EMM2/MA Station managed by Edgar Merizio in São José do Ribamar, Maranhão, Brazil. Where at least 9 meteors registered simultaneously in less than 1 second, all parallel to each other. Meteor cluster like these originate from the same meteoroid that broke apart before it hit Earth. Usually this fragmentation occurs a few hours, perhaps days, before its encounter with the terrestrial atmosphere. [embedded content] There are several possible origins for…

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Meteor fireball streaks across Australian skies

© Screenshot YouTubeA screenshot from a YouTube video that is reportedly of the meteor that flew across the South East sky on the night of July 5. Social media is buzzing with reports of a meteor spotted over the South Coast on Friday night. On the Facebook group Australian Meteor Reports, administrator David Finlay said the meteor was spotted about 9pm on July 5 and believed it had come to ground somewhere in Victoria. “I have reports of sonics from Forest Hill (Melbourne) to Mallacoota Vic. That’s a distance of…

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Large meteor fireball caught on camera streaking across the South Florida sky

Was it a meteor, a comet, space junk falling to Earth or something else? Whatever it was, residents across Florida took to social media to show photos and video of a large fireball streaking across the sky early Wednesday morning. From Deerfield Beach to Vero Beach, Scripps Station WPTV in West Palm Beach received calls and emails from people who were perplexed by the strange object. Grace Theodore said she was walking out of a Walmart in Deerfield Beach around 2:19 a.m. when she recorded video of what she called…

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