Meteor fireball over Seville, Spain

This meteor overflew the south of Spain on 2020 July 3 at about 3:49 local time (equivalent to 1:49 universal time). It was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at around 69,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 87 km over the province of Seville, and ended at a height of around 52 km. The total length travelled by the meteoroid in the atmosphere was of about 67 km. The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being…

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Source of early-morning boom that echoed in Aspen, Colorado remains mystery

The source of a loud bang or explosion that was heard around the Aspen area early Friday morning remains a mystery as officials from different agencies have not been able to track down where it originated. Fire and police officials checked around looking for a source of the sound early in the morning and could not locate anything that might be the source, an Aspen Police and Fire Department official said Friday morning. They thought it might have been a transformer of some kind because it was louder than a…

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Bright meteor fireball lights up skies above Tokyo as witnesses report explosion

A bright meteor crossed the sky above Tokyo early Thursday, with many people saying they heard it explode. Social media came alive after the 2:30 a.m. sightings, with many people saying they heard a large bang. Some said they mistook the sound for noise made by neighbors. “I thought a person living (in the condo) above knocked down a shelf,” wrote one Twitter user, while another said, “I thought my child sleeping on the second floor fell out of bed.” Others witnessed the sky suddenly light up. Source

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A trifecta of astronomical shows coming in July

As if Mercury moving backward isn’t enough, July is going to get even wilder for sky watchers. Three more big astronomical happenings are coming up next month — dueling meteor showers and a lunar eclipse, CBS station WUSA9 reported. The lunar eclipse starts at roughly 11 p.m. July 4. And more moon magic takes place July 5 when the orb passes extremely close to Jupiter and Saturn. The trio will be packed together so tightly that they may even appear as one to those looking through telescopes or binoculars. A…

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NASA warns of FIVE more asteroids set to blaze past Earth, as scientists devise method of planetary defense

NASA has raised the alarm over yet another five space rocks headed our way. Fortunately, researchers have also revealed a potentially ingenious new strategy for dealing with such threats should they come too close to Earth. Another week, another warning of impending asteroid activity in Earth’s vicinity, as at least five asteroids ranging in size from a small passenger jet to roughly the size of an apartment building are set to shoot past the Earth, three of which were only spotted in the last two months. Mercifully, the closest any…

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Another meteorite-like object falls from sky in Rajasthan, India

A meteorite-like object fell from the sky in Rajasthan’s Sanchore town on Friday morning. The object resulted in a one-foot-deep crater and created an explosive sound that was heard up to two kilometers away. The unidentified object is currently with the police and under investigation. According to locals, an explosive sound was heard when the object fell from the sky. The fall and the sound resulted in panic in the area. The object was emitting heat even three hours after it crashed leading many to believe it may explode. As…

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Reports of ‘explosion’ like noise heard across Waterford, Ireland

Air Traffic Control at Waterford Airport say they haven’t received reports of unusual activity in the skies of Waterford City. They were responding to claims that a very loud noise, described as being like an explosion was heard at around half past ten last night. Mystery surrounds the noise, heard by people in the city centre, Ferrybank and in the Dunmore Road and Tramore Road areas. It has been described by some who heard it as a ‘sonic boom’. People took to social media to describe the incident, however Waterford…

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NASA warns of another FIVE asteroids headed our way, after MISSING one that passed closer than the moon

NASA is reporting a rather rocky start to the week, as the Earth is set for at least five asteroid flybys. It comes hot on the heels of another asteroid unexpectedly whizzing between Earth and the Moon without anyone noticing. Four of the five space rocks due to buzz the Earth this week were only spotted in May, raising concerns about just how prepared our planetary defenses are; While we caught them, we cut it very close if we needed to shoot them out of the sky or at least…

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Spectacular meteor fireball lights up the night sky over Pilbara, Western Australia

Pilbara residents have been treated to an astronomical spectacle overnight after a green fireball lit up the night sky. The meteor was spotted at 12.46am on Monday morning and was caught on camera by shocked onlookers — including the Karratha Police — in Port Hedland and Cape Preston, near Karratha. Matt Woods from the Perth Observatory said the green colour was the result of magnesium from the rock burning up as it entered the atmosphere. It was likely no bigger than a pebble and was probably travelling between 16-50km per…

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Green meteor fireball lights up night sky over Pilbara, Western Australia

Pilbara residents have been treated to an astronomical spectacle overnight after a green fireball lit up the night sky. The meteor was spotted at 12.46am on Monday morning and was caught on camera by shocked onlookers — including the Karratha Police — in Port Hedland and Cape Preston, near Karratha. Matt Woods from the Perth Observatory said the green colour was the result of magnesium from the rock burning up as it entered the atmosphere. It was likely no bigger than a pebble and was probably travelling between 16-50km per…

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Two meteor fireballs back to back over California

The AMS received over 110 reports so far about a fireball event that occurred over California (LA area) on June 10th, 2020 around 3:33 Universal Time (June 9th, 2020 08:33pm PDT). We also received nearly 90 reports about a similar event that occurred the next day North of San Francisco, CA. This second event occurred on June 11th 2020 around 03:51 Universal Time (June 10th, 2020 08:51pm PDT) Estimated 3D Trajectories The preliminary trajectories computed based on all the reports submitted to the AMS so far shows that the tow…

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Bright fireball seen over Otaga Peninsula, New Zealand spurs rescue call

A bright “orange and green” shining light over the Otago Peninsula has sent emergency services scrambling. A police spokeswoman said a Highcliff Rd resident called about 7.15am when they thought they saw a flare in the Sandfly Bay area. Police immediately alerted Dunedin Search and Rescue, Maritime New Zealand and the Coastguard of a possible rescue situation. “Maritime put calls out, but there were no boats on the water and no calls [for help] had come in through their system. “We put all the calls out, but obviously to no…

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Meteor fireball lights up skies in eastern US, burns so bright it was seen from Canada

Stunning video shows an incredibly bright fireball lighting up the skies above Tennessee, but the as-yet-unexplained phenomenon was so bright that it was visible from as far north as Canada. The American Meteor Society received at least 120 reports from 12 states across the US -and several from Ontario in Canada- about an extremely bright object in the sky. Despite the number of observers, so far only one video of the fireball has appeared online. Source

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NASA asteroid tracker: 4 space rocks approaching, flying past Earth today

NASA’s asteroid tracking system has detected four near-Earth objects that will fly past the planet on Tuesday (June 2). One of the incoming asteroids will approach Earth from a distance that’s almost equivalent to that between the planet and the Moon. The incoming asteroids are currently being monitored by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). As noted by the agency, the first asteroid that will fly past Earth tomorrow has been identified as 2020 KK7. CNEOS estimated that this asteroid measures about 108 feet wide. It is currently flying…

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Meteor fireball caught on camera over Armenia

Videos of the suspected meteor’s fall appear to suggest that it went down somewhere in the vicinity of the Armenian town of Hrazdan. Residents of Armenia’s Kotyak province were likely in for quite a surprise on the evening of 27 May as a flying object, which Public Radio of Armenia suggests might’ve been a meteor, flashed across the sky. According to the media outlet, videos of this event that started emerging online show the object falling in the vicinity of the town of Hrazdan which is located about 45 kilometers…

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Large meteor fireball explodes spectacularly over northern Turkey

On the evening of Wednesday 27 May, residents of northern Turkey were treated to a spectacular light show. Videos on social media show a meteor fireball streaking across the sky, before exploding in the air with a thunderous boom. According to Turkish news website Daily Sabah a “ball of light” was observed in several provinces at around 8:30 pm local time, including Artvin, Erzurum, Sivas, Tuncel and Ardahan. Hürriyet reports that a sound similar to thunder was heard as a result of the explosion. Source

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Caught on camera: Meteor fireball spotted in skies near Taber, Alberta

A resident in the southern Alberta community of Taber managed to catch a spectacular sight on video late last week. Don Schmitz sent in the video, which shows a large fireball, possibly a meteor, falling to Earth at about 1 a.m. on May 22. He says it happened to the southwest of the community. CTV News has reached out to experts at the Rothney Observatory for any information on the sighting. Taber is located approximately two and a half hours southeast of Calgary. Source

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Residents in New Zealand report mystery fireball ‘crashing’ into river

Several Pakuranga residents reported seeing a bright flash of light or a “fireball” above the Tamaki River in the vicinity of Waipuna Bridge at around 6:47 pm on Monday 25 May. According to some eyewitnesses, the object was alleged to have then crashed into the water. Reports of a “bright light” and “an explosion” flooded the east Auckland grapevine page as local people recounted what they had seen. Many speculated a meteor, a rocket from nearby Rocket Lab, or even a flare was responsible. Corinne Hill, whose property on Pakuranga…

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Was the mystery ‘flaming’ object spotted hurtling over Midlothian, UK a fireball?

Locals in Midlothian were left puzzled after spotting a mystery object hurtling through the sky and trailing smoke in its wake – so, we asked the experts what it was. Videos and pictures emerged showing what witnesses described as a “flaming” object falling from the skies over Midlothian last week, on Thursday night. Gorebridge resident, Briege Reynolds, initially thought it was a crashing helicopter but believes it wasn’t an aircraft at all. Speaking to Edinburgh Live previously, she said: “I was actually feeding my dogs in the kitchen and the…

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Mystery over loud boom heard along East Kent, UK coast

The cause of a loud and mysterious bang heard along the East Kent coast last night still has not been confirmed. Reports on Facebook site Deal Watch claim the explosion-type sound was heard across parts of Walmer, Deal, Sholden and Sandwich at about 9pm. Some said it was like a ship’s distress flare while others describe it as like thunder, a firework, a car tyre bursting or a sonic boom. Walmer resident Rachel Jones said: “I heard several different theories – a tyre blown on Dover Road, fireworks, gas bottle…

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Bright meteor fireball illuminates night sky over Spokane, Washington state

A bright flash of light caught on many Spokane security cameras Thursday night was likely a small meteor or fireball, area astronomers say. The flashes of light, seen by many locals and captured on many dash and front-door cameras, occurred just before midnight Thursday. Videos posted on the American Meteor Society’s website show it disappearing after a few seconds. David Syphers, an astronomy professor at Eastern Washington University, said Thursday night’s meteor was not something area astronomers could predict because it was likely never a part of a comet. Meteor…

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Asteroid NY65 – Another close call to occur in June

NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOs) is closely observing all asteroids approaching our planet within a distance of 0.05 astronomical units. In human terms, it may seem like nothing, but large space rocks can have a significant impact on Earth – even from a million-kilometres away. The Apollo-class asteroid 441987, also dubbed 2010 NY65, will closely approach Earth on 24 June, according to NASA’s tracking table. The space rock is measured at between 140 and 310 metres, based on the way it reflects lights, and is estimated to…

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‘A bright ball crossed the sky’: Falling meteor spotted in Siberia

Bewildered residents in Russia have witnessed a spectacular glowing meteor shooting across the night sky. The incident was caught on CCTV cameras and was seen from several locations. The dazzling object was seen travelling over the city of Kansk in western Siberia and several other areas of the Krasnoyarsk Region at around 22:40 local time. Some local media reported that witnesses also heard a “loud bang.” However, top local emergency official Eduard Bille told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that everything was quiet. It literally lasted several seconds; a bright ball crossed…

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Spectacular green fireball blazes over western Siberia

Bewildered residents in Russia have witnessed a spectacular glowing meteor shooting across the night sky. The incident was caught on CCTV cameras and was seen from several locations. The dazzling object was seen travelling over the city of Kansk in western Siberia and several other areas of the Krasnoyarsk Region at around 22:40 local time. Some local media reported that witnesses also heard a “loud bang.” However, top local emergency official Eduard Bille told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that everything was quiet. It literally lasted several seconds; a bright ball crossed…

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‘Like a bomb!’: Massive boom causes homes to shake in East Yorkshire, England

People reported feeling their houses shake and a loud noise over East Yorkshire on Thursday in what was thought to be a sonic boom. Many living in the region took to social media to ask others if they had felt the earth moving and heard the sound that “reverberated” at around lunchtime on Thursday, May 14. One man said: “Everything shook! Like a bomb!” Another social media user said: “It felt like something had hit the house.” The strange activity was soon explained as a sonic boom – a very…

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‘Like a bomb!’ Loud boom causes homes to shake in East Yorkshire, England

People reported feeling their houses shake and a loud noise over East Yorkshire on Thursday in what was thought to be a sonic boom. Many living in the region took to social media to ask others if they had felt the earth moving and heard the sound that “reverberated” at around lunchtime on Thursday, May 14. One man said: “Everything shook! Like a bomb!” Another social media user said: “It felt like something had hit the house.” The strange activity was soon explained as a sonic boom – a very…

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