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Meteor explosion caught on camera in Santa Cruz, California

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While shooting some timelapses, we saw a huge bright flash in the sky. It even lit up the entire ground. We looked up and saw a huge streak across the sky of burning dust.

I did the calculations and the dust fell from the sky for at least 50 frames of my timelapse. Each exposure was 15 seconds long, so that means the burning dust fell for 12.5 minutes. CRAZY!!! This was shot at Shark Fin Cove just north of Santa Cruz on July 21st, 2015 by @PermaGrinFilms.


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Meteor captured streaking through Jervis Bay sky, Australia

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It’s not every day you get to see, let alone photograph, bioluminescence and then throw a meteor into the equation. But that is what Vincentia photographer Maree Clout has managed to capture.
Up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's a meteor.

And let's just throw in a bit of bioluminescence for good measure.

That's exactly what Vincentia photographer Maree Clout managed to capture at Jervis Bay last Wednesday night.

Along with Corinne Le Gall, whose superb photograph of bioluminescence on display in Jervis Bay featured in Wednesday's South Coast Register, Ms Clout spent three nights last week trying to capture the natural phenomenon.

During one of her 15-second exposures Ms Clout also managed to capture a meteor among the star laden night sky.

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Nasa releases images of strange shaped asteroid that passed just 4.5 million miles from Earth last weekend

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This collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 1999 JD6 was collected by Nasa on July 25, 2015. The images show the rotation of the asteroid, which made its closest approach on July 24 at 9:55 p.m. PDT (12:55 a.m. EDT on July 25) at a distance of 4.5 million miles - about 19 times the distance from Earth to the moon
Nasa has captured images of a peanut-shaped asteroid as it made its closest approach to Earth last weekend.

The bizarrely-shaped asteroid appears to be what is known as a contact binary, which is an asteroid with two lobes that are stuck together.

The images show the rotation of the space rock, named 1999 JD6, which made its closest approach on July 24 at 9:55 p.m. PDT (12:55 a.m. EDT on July 25).

The asteroid remained at a distance of about 4.5 million miles (7.2 million km), or about 19 times the distance from Earth to the moon.

'Radar imaging has shown that about 15 per cent of near-Earth asteroids larger than 600 feet (180 metres), including 1999 JD6, have this sort of lobed, peanut shape,' said Lance Benner, who leads Nasa's asteroid radar research program.


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Meteorite hits earth in Iran

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Iran has confirmed that a meteor has hit somewhere in the northern part of the country.

The meteor landed in Avaj in the province of Qazvin, Mohammad Ali Ahani, director of Qazvin Crisis Management Staff said, Mehr news agency reported July 31.

Also, there have been reports that some pieces of rock have hit areas in Eshtehard, Alborz Province, Arsalan Qasemi, governor of Boeen Zahra, county in Qazvin Province, said.

Another local governor of Takestan County, Qazvin Province, said that the area witnessed the passing of the meteor, but nowhere in the district under his supervision had been hit.

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Fireball turns sky green over Argentina

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A massive fireball soared through the sky over Argentina, triggering a wave of social media posts. The mesmerizing show, which lasted just a few seconds, colored the sky green.

The bright object could be clearly seen from Argentina's capital of Buenos Aires. Other reports of the dazzling display came in from Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, as well as neighboring Uruguay.


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Four fireballs blaze through Spanish and Portugese skies in the same night

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Cometary fragment crossing the atmosphere (archive).
A comet has exploded over the province of Cuenca and fragments of it have been seen from one of Spain's largest observatories in Toledo.

Scientists at the La Hita complex say comet number 169P/NEAT, which flew over the central region of Castilla-La Mancha on Wednesday night and the early hours of Thursday morning burnt out in the sky 79 kilometres above ground over the town of Cañamares.

Shards of rock plummeted downwards at a speed of 80,000 kilometres per hour and broke up when they hit the earth's atmosphere in a violent impact that turned them into bright balls of fire.

This was first seen at 23.50hrs mainland Spain time above Portugal and, at 00.07hrs, the largest and fastest fragment impacted with the atmosphere above the province of Málaga on the south coast, creating a fireball as bright as the moon.

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Bright, slow meteor flies over Central Texas

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Over two dozen witnesses reported a bright, slow moving fireball over central Texas last night slightly after 9:00 PM local time. Most reports were clustered around Austin and San Antonio. An analysis of the witness reports estimates that the fireball was traveling from the south to the north just west of San Antonio.


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Meteor captured shooting across the sky in Stoke-on-Trent, England

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Martin Kessel captured the object as it flew over Weston Coyney in the early hours of Thursday morning.
A Potteries star-gazer captured the moment a meteor lit up the skies across North Staffordshire.

Martin Kessel captured the object as it flew over Weston Coyney in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The former Newcastle-under-Lyme High School pupil has a camera set up to monitor the skies over Stoke-on-Trent - in the hope of capturing activity in the atmosphere and beyond.

And Martin was in luck, posting the video on his Youtube channel, where he described it as 'large, very bright meteor or fireball' which passed over at 2.02am.

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Fireball plows through Cancun, México, and lights up social networks

Translated from Spanish by sott.net

© Lizzy Santoyo - Twitter
"Last night at approx. 2.30 am this was seen. Cancun was brightened up. Many didn't believe what they were seeing. Today it's a hot topic. Meteorite?"
A bright object took social networks by storm last Sunday when Twitter and Facebook shared their experiences of witnessing a bright light streak across the sky at dawn.

According to Tweeters, the sky became inexplicably bright at approximately 2.00 a.m. on Sunday. Some added images to their posts, without specifying whether or not they had been taken during the sighting in question.


Comment: Actually, the Tweets seem quite specific about it. See below.


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Vietnam, Laos investigating mysterious light followed by explosion

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A strange streak of light flashes in the sky near the border between Vietnam and Laos on July 8, 2015.
Vietnamese officials are cooperating with colleagues in Laos to identify what created a streak of light in the sky and a big explosion sound after that around the border area on Wednesday night.

As of Thursday afternoon, border guard forces still have not identified the cause of the phenomenon. An army representative has ruled out the possibility of an air crash. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief commander of Vietnam's army, said there has been no report of any issue with a civil or military flight in the area at the time.

Tuan said a piece of space debris could have burned up, causing the light and the explosion. Locals spotted the strange light flashing at around 9 p.m., then something fell and exploded. Curiosity caused heavy traffic jams stretching two kilometers along a national highway in Ha Tinh Province. Dang Vu Tuan Son, head of the Vietnam Astronomy and Cosmology Association, told Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper that the item was more likely a meteor than space junk. Son said space junk is usually small and would not cause such a big explosion.

"But we have to find the debris to know exactly what it was."