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Luminescent green fireball spotted in Durham, Newcastle, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, UK

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A spectacular fireball has been seen streaking across the sky by people across the North-East and further afield.

A luminescent green ball, which burned brightly for several seconds as it plunged earthward, could have been caused by an object no bigger than a pea.

It is thought it could have been an early arrival of the Lyrid meteor shower expected to begin tonight (Thursday, April 16) - caused when the earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher.

The larger-than-average meteor fell in the northern skies at 9.25pm last night with sightings in County Durham, Newcastle, North Yorkshire, and Cumbria. It was first reported online by The Northern Echo's website.

Amateur astronomer Martin Whipp, of Ripon, North Yorkshire, said: "I was heading back home driving parallel to the A1 near Boroughbridge when I saw it.

"It was magnitude -5, which is slightly bigger than Venus and was visible for two to three seconds before it broke up into pieces as it came down. It was slightly greenish in colour."

Mr Whipp, who has been a member of the York Astronomical Society for more than 20 years, said: "It was a fireball. Anything brighter than Venus is classed as a fireball. Anything smaller than that is just a meteor.

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Fireball recorded over Alabama

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The meteor's path is shown on this map from WHNT News 19 on Valleywx.com.
A fireball was recorded over Alabama at about 1:15 a.m. by NASA cameras in Huntsville and in Tullahoma, Tenn., Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA confirmed to AL.com news partner WHNT News 19.

The meteor was recorded 45 miles above Carrollton in Pickens County, west of Tuscaloosa before it burned out at about 18 miles, according to WHNT's report on Valleywx.com.

It had been traveling north at 42,000 miles per hour before extinguishing.


Comment: Fireballs have been making a pretty dramatic appearance across the globe. Check out:

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  • Fireball lights up sky over Nova Scotia
  • Fireball over Cordoba, Spain March 31st 2015



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Exploding meteor filmed over Slovakia and Hungary

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Meteor burns up in the sky, creating a flash of light shortly before dusk in eastern Slovakia
The spectacular moment a meteor plummets towards a city in Slovakia before dissolving in a flash of light has been captured on camera.

The 'out-of-this-world' action was spotted by hundreds of worried people in the eastern part of Slovakia shortly before dusk on April 6 - who feared the asteroid would crash into their homes.

Lasting only a few seconds, the clip shows the meteor racing rapidly towards earth.

A split second later there is a flash of a fireball, before the bright yellow light quickly disintegrates and disappears.

It was filmed and uploaded to YouTube by a user called NikoLas Vegas, who said he was initially concerned the object would have crash-landed onto earth when he saw it at 7.34pm local time.


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Mystery explosion 'shook the night' for residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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A loud boom shook the night for a number of people in Sioux Falls - and authorities are at a loss for what might have caused it.


According to police, a "loud sound of explosion" was heard Friday morning at 12:27 a.m. Police received 17 calls of a loud noise that caused houses to shake. Numerous officers around the city also reported hearing the sound. While the noise appears to have focused in the western part of town, KSFY News has received reports of the sound being heard in both central and eastern areas, as well.

A majority of the calls came from the area of 9th Street and Valley View Road, police say. The Sioux Falls Police Department and the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to the area but were not able to locate the source of the sound at this time. It is still unclear whether the noise actually centered in that area.

Comment: Though "mystery booms" have been shaking the world for years local officials are still called in to deal with the problem, and end up dismissing it when they can find no evidence of criminal activity. As SOTT has been saying year after year, these are more than likely overhead meteor explosions. Check out:
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  • Did a meteor explode over Orange County, California? Residents report tremendous explosion
  • Overhead meteor? Mysterious explosion in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Skyfall: Does the Russian meteor explosion portend more disasters?



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Big fireball over Puerto Rico

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A huge fireball was seen over the skies of Puerto Rico early last night.

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Fireball over Puerto Rico - April 3, 2015
The Astronomical Society of the Caribbean (SAC) reported that it was a space rock that disintegrated over our skies around 7:42 pm last Friday.

"We received reports from one end to another throughout the island, as many observers were able to see it from towns like Rincon, Ponce, San Juan, and even Vieques," said SAC.


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Fireball over Cordoba, Spain - March 31st, 2015

Fireball recorded over Cordoba on March 31st, 2015. The event was produced by a fragment from a comet.


Comment: This is a different fireball from the one seen over Toledo on March 30, 2015:

Fireball passes over the province of Toledo, Spain


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Fireball passes over the province of Toledo, Spain

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Second fireball over Toledo in less than one month.
A fireball travelling at 45,000 kilometres per hour was seen from the province of Toledo this week - the second time this year.

The burning rock, a chunk of an asteroid, flew through the skies above the central region of Castilla-La Mancha at 04.39hrs on Monday, say astronomers from the observatory in La Hita, near Toledo.

It was about 26 kilometres up from the ground when it was first spotted, having firstly sailed across the horizon over nearby Espinosa del Rey at 85 kilometres up.


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Fireball streaks across California's Bay Area

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Example of a typical fireball.
From Concord to Davis, and as far south as Palo Alto, seven sky watchers spotted a fireball streaking across the sky Monday night after 8 p.m., burning in oranges, yellows, and even purples before fragmenting and disintegrating overhead.

Spring is "fireball" season when a 30 percent increase in meteors is observed around earth, and Monday night's reports of a fireball over the Bay Area are exactly what NASA and astronomers hope to track.

"Forrest L" in Concord reported to the American Meteor Society, "This was the brightest meteor I can recall having seen. It passed about a hand span or two from the moon and seemed brighter. I could not tell if it 'burned out' or disappeared behind the clouds. My first sight of it was directly overhead, and fully bright, not faded-in as most meteors do, so I believe it started behind me. It moved much faster than an airplane."

"Greg M" in Martinez wrote in, "I ran into the house to tell everyone to get away from the windows."

Some reported hearing a sound, while most others heard nothing, but many saw a burning trail of cosmic debris.

NASA's Alex Kasprak writing for Science@NASA and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center explains the March-April "Fireball Season" saying, "The reason why is still unknown, but one hypothesis is that more space debris litters this section of Earth's orbit. In search of the answer, NASA scientists set up a network of ground cameras that track and record video of meteors flaming overhead. The footage can be used to pinpoint a meteor's orbit and origin. Watch the video to learn more."

Comment: Perseids, Lyrids, Geminids, Leonids, Draconids, Orionids, Aquarids, Taurids -Meteor showers in 2015


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Fireball lights up sky over Nova Scotia

People across Nova Scotia took to social media Tuesday after seeing a ball of fire in the night sky.

Astronomer David Lane, director of the observatory at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, said it was likely a bright meteor called a fireball.

He said that while they are not rare, they do usually pass by in the middle of the night when most people are sleeping.

Comment: Fireballs certainly do "happen all the time" and they're happening quite a bit more with each following year:




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Massive asteroid on course to 'narrowly miss' the Earth

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Asterid 2014-YB35 is due to skim earth in late March
A mammoth asteroid measuring 1,000-metre wide in on course to narrowly miss Earth within days, NASA predicts.

The object called '2014-YB35' is predicted to skim the Earth on Friday travelling at more than 23,000 mph in space.

It is not unusual for small meteorites to pass close by, however one of this size is a very rare occurrence and poses a very real threat, an expert told the Express.

Any impact would trigger devastating changes in the climate, earthquakes and tsunamis.

Comment: Interesting timing!

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