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Fireball explodes over Alabama

On Saturday night, August 2nd, NASA meteor cameras detected a fireball that exploded in a flash of light many times brighter than the Moon. It came not from the Perseid debris stream, but rather from the vicinity of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Watch the movie, then read on for more information:


"The meteoroid was about 15 inches in diameter and weighed close to 100 lbs," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "Travelling 47,000 miles per hour, it broke apart in a brilliant flash of light above the Alabama town of Henagar. Our cameras continued to track a large fragment until it disappeared 18 miles above Gaylesville, located near Lake Weiss close to the Georgia state line.

Comment: Possibly the same fireball in following video capture also from Saturday 2. August in Alabama:



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Sky gazers spot meteor in sky over Perth, Western Australia on Monday morning

Perth Fireball
© The Desert Fireball Network (Curtin University), and Badgingarra Primary School
The 'fireball' seen across the Perth sky about 6am on Monday. Taken with a fish-eye lens.
A expert says the size and brightness of a meteor seen flashing across the Perth sky on Monday morning indicates it could have made it to earth.

There were a number of similar reports from across the metropolitan area of a blue/green light flashing across the morning sky shortly before sunrise.

The flash was caught on one of a number of cameras set up as part of the Desert Fireball Network, set up to photograph such astronomical events.

Curtin Faculty of Science Engineering Professor Phil Bland said the light captured on the camera was "really bright", indicating that it could have been a "decent-sized rock".

He said about 20 per cent of meteors made it to land without burning up.

Professor Bland said researchers would look at the images in more detail to find out more information.
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Fireballs over Texas - two meteor events July 26 & 27


Two interesting events last night and this morning on my allsky cams on the Sandia Sentinel TX station allsky cams.

First at 07:27:18 UT was a very bright fireball just to my north that lit up the sky. It appears to have come in at a Very steep angle.

Second was a double meteor, also to my north, at 11:08:56 UT.

I'm also including data from the Very low Light integrating cam of the fireball for trajectory reference.

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Green fireball spotted over England

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A Leonid meteor during the peak of Leonids in 2009.
A bright green light "travelling faster than any plane" was seen in the sky above Norfolk at 11pm on Sunday night.

A reader from Upper Stoke, near Poringland, "saw a really bright green light - which seemed to be torpedo-shaped, travelling across the sky towards Norwich, at great speed but absolutely silently.

"I could see it travelling through and above the clouds as I could see cloud beneath the light. It vanished completely after about three seconds."

"It was travelling faster than any plane I have seen and was so bright I initially thought firework but it was a) too high; b) there were no other fireworks and c) it made no noise or explosion.
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Fireball flashes across Calgary sky

Fireball Over Calgary
© Calgary Herald
The Rothney Observatory posted this photo to its Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, saying the object in the bottom-left corner is a fireball over Calgary.
Some Albertans who were up early Tuesday were treated to a rare sight when a fireball lit up the night sky.

The Rothney Observatory reports that a fireball - which is larger than a meteor - was seen at 1:24 a.m. Tuesday.

"They're so bright that if you're standing, you'll see your shadow, just like in the daytime," said Dr. Phil Langill, who directs the University of Calgary observatory.

A meteor is a small rock from outer space that burns up as it enters Earth's atmosphere. Langill said a fireball is even larger.

"Essentially they're the same thing; it's just a matter of scale," he said.

Scores of people took to Twitter and emailed the Herald about the sudden flash of light.

Jesse Shan was on his south-facing Marda Loop balcony when he saw what appeared to be cloudless lightning just southeast of the city.

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Fireball seen over Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginina


Initial Meteor Sighting Reports:


18JUL2014 Ashley Franklin Ohio 5:03 am est 6 E Bright Green followed by red flame very bright fire balls falling off I've seen shooting stars/comets before but never seen nothing like we just saw this morning. My fiance said omg what the heck is that I look up and see a huge bright green ball falling from the sky. It was pretty cool to see

18JUL2014 Genia Bloomington, Indiana USA 5:00:00 10 Eastern sky traveling left to right Blue and red tail bright white head Brighter then the moon No It was so brilliant and colorful.

18JUL2014 j. duke marietta, ohio 500 3 seconds Facing SW Direction of travel W to E about 30 deg RA only lost sight because of obstructions to view green with yellow halo and tail no other heavenly bodies for comparison. not as bright as the sun or moon but quite visable. Looked as a firework. single object I was returning home from work. Stopped at a traffic light. Checking for cross-traffic I observed the object, and watched as it passed veiwable area between buildings.

Comment: As the chart below vividly shows, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of reported fireballs for the last 2 years.



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Fireball seen over North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia

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© Epoch Times
Screenshot 2014-07-17 at 9.29.08 PM.
A meteor or fireball was spotted over North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey on Thursday night.

Many people reported seeing the bright light in the sky between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. EDT. Dan Perhar, a software developer at North Carolina University, captured it around 10:15 p.m. as he was driving on Interstate 440 in Raleigh.

He posted the short video on YouTube.

NASA Solar System Ambassador and WRAL contributor Tony Rice viewed the video. "Looking at that dashcam video it looked pretty low on the horizon. That flash may have been it breaking up," Rice posted on Twitter.

Comment: As the chart below vividly shows, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of reported fireballs for the last 2 years.



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Is this a tornado? No, it's the smoky trail left by a meteor fireball that burned up over San Antonio, Chile

© Desconocido
Translated from Spanish by SOTT.net

Last Monday, at around 6 p.m, San Antonians from the region of Valparaiso started uploading pictures all over social networks of an unusual object. It was similar to a tornado, and they'd apparently first seen it between clouds.

Experts attributed it to a meteor.

At first sight, it looked like a spiral, tornado-like, thick cloud. Not having received any explanation, people began to panic.

Comment: The following report was aired the following day on local media, apparently showing the same meteor fireball leaving a glowing trail over the same city earlier that evening:



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Texans spooked as massive meteor fireball upstages Supermoon, splits in two


© David Worthington
10 minutes after the Supermoon rose over downtown Dallas...
A meteor crossed the sky over North Texas on July 12 at 9 pm, enthralling many around Dallas who watched as it split into two before its inevitable fade. From Denton to Waxahachie, from Lake Ray Roberts to Lake Tawakoni, night-sky viewers witnessed what some described as a double meteor, with two streams of blue-green light racing across the sky to the west.

Many were already watching the sky to catch what was the first perigee moon, aka Supermoon, of 2014. According to Dallas photographer David Worthington, who was lying in wait to photograph the moon against the Dallas skyline, the moon became visible at 8:55 pm. The meteor emerged less than 10 minutes later.

Midlothian resident Mike Prendergast was moon-watching with friends when they spotted what they first thought was an airplane.

Comment: Check out some eyewitnesses' reports: a LOT of people saw this one and many of them were pretty spooked. SOTT.net reader KM also sent us her description of the event:
Saturday July 12th, 2014

We were on the beach at North Padre Island Texas watching the moon, when my granddaughter & I both noticed a light screaming across the night sky. We both thought is was a plane or helicopter and then looked at each other with our mouthes open. It was too big and too fast for either. It was a round circle of light screaming across and downward across the sky. All of a sudden it changed into two lights and then was gone. It was about 9 pm. Everyone with us was looking toward the ocean & moon and the light was off to our left. No doubt it was something, but not sure what. What could this have been. We are still talking about it......


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Bird? Plane? No, it was 'definitely' a meteor across Melbourne skies

Melbourne Fireball
© 3AW693
Astronomy experts have confirmed a meteor burned across Melbourne skies last night.

Melburnians, as well as people in Gippsland, NSW and Tasmania saw the spectacular light show, which lasted about 20 seconds.
@3AW693 pic.twitter.com/VQz1f8a97G

- Matt Kearsley (@matt_kearsley) July 10, 2014
@3AW693 in Tullamarine 9.47pm pic.twitter.com/ZpRlsjXmGa

- Jan Laczynski (@YYarni) July 10, 2014
Witnessed one of the most amazing things in my life at work tonight, never thought I'd see a meteor spectacular sight #MelbourneMeteor

- Mitchell Clark (@Mitchclark18) July 10, 2014
Wow, just witnessed the amazing meteor / shooting star on way home from mums. Amazing! #melbournemeteor #melbourneshootingstar

- Lauren Clair (@lozclair) July 10, 2014
The 3AW talkback line lit up as Melburnians realised what was happening.

John told 3AW Nightline he pulled over while driving in Keilor Park to watch the light show.
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