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Bright Meteorite Falls in Central Bulgaria

A meteorite has landed in the Sredna Gora mountain near the town of Sopot, in Central Bulgaria.

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Locals reported seeing bright lights just before 19:00 EET (17:00 GMT) followed by rumbles and smoke, according to Novinite's Bulgarian-language website.

Some witnesses claim the fireball looked "the size of a washing machine" while making its way downwards.

Comment: In the same night there were also sightings in Central Europe and Cumbria. The day before fireballs were seen at Scotland and Ireland.


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Loud boom rocks towns around Flat Rock, Michigan

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Police from Flat Rock have deemed the town all clear; no sign of what caused the mystery boom
More than a dozen residents called Flat Rock police to report hearing a loud "boom," that some said shook their houses just before 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

After hours of searching the areas that people reported the noise, which was loud enough to cause some residents to say their houses shook, nothing was found.

By 11:30 p.m. the city was deemed "all clear," without the cause being discovered. Police in Gibraltar, Huron Township, Rockwood and Monroe County were also alerted to the noise, but nothing was discovered in those communities either.

Hundreds of people from Newport to Taylor flocked to social media, posting on Facebook, Twitter and other sites about hearing the noise, feeling the vibration and speculating as to the cause.

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Reports of sonic booms, ground shaking in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia
Spectacular long duration fireball breaks up across entire length of US
Damage control? Fireballs seen over Western US were likely 'Chinese rocket'


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Reports of sonic booms, ground shaking in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia

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For a second day, people are wondering what's causing the ground to shake and where the loud booms are coming from.

On Monday, people called 13News Now and posting questions on our Facebook page saying they felt the ground shake in Norfolk and Virginia Beach at two distinctly different times - once at around 4:20 p.m. and again shortly after 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, questions started coming in from the Peninsula.

Edna H. wrote, "I am in the Denbigh Section of Newport News. We have already had 4 loud blasts in less than an hour. What is going on????"

Linda T asked "Where are the sonic booms coming from?"

The website for the U.S. Geological Survey indicates that there have been no earthquakes recorded in our area in the past 24 hours. Phone calls placed to area emergency dispatchers found no actual reports of earthquakes, or damage from whatever the shaking was.

A 2.5 magnitude earthquake was reported outside Richmond about three weeks ago.

The Navy said Tuesday they didn't have aircraft in the area.

A news release last week from the Navy indicated that they would be conducting "intensive day and night flight operations" through the first week of April.

The release went on to say: "These flight operations, which include Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) conducted at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) Fentress in Chesapeake, Virginia, are necessary for two Navy Carrier Air Wings and the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) to complete required aircraft carrier pre-deployment and sustainment training. Night flight operations are expected to continue past midnight during this period. "

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Mysterious flash lightens night sky in south Russia

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An inexplicable white-and-blue flash was spotted lighting up the sky over the southern Russian city of Stavropol. A dashcam video has since triggered a heated debate over the origins of the mysterious sight.

Stavropol's horizon offered a jaw-dropping view to those who weren't asleep at around 00:39 local time (21.39 GMT on Monday). The soundless flash of light scared several people, as it made some streetlights in the city go out, while being accompanied by the flickering of lights inside apartments and houses.

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Breathtaking Loch Ness fireball meteor caught on camera

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Spectacular: The meteor captured over Loch Ness by tour guide John Macdonald
When tourist guide John Alasdair Macdonald snapped a landscape shot across the lake he accidentally captured a giant shooting star

This spectacular picture shows the 'fluke' moment a fireball meteor was pictured soaring over the Loch Ness last night.

Gobsmacked John Macdonald, 42, went for a walk at 9pm when he snapped the rare sight lighting up the sky.

The meteor was so bright it would have terrified Nessie and even caused panicked locals to phone the coastguard after mistaking it for a distress flare.

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Fireball meteor spotted in skies over Switzerland and Austria

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There were reported sightings of the fireball in Austria, France, Switzerland and Germany.
Footage of an unidentified object, thought to be a meteor or meteorite, moving across the night skies above central Europe has emerged online.

The video, which was filmed using a car's dashboard camera, shows the fireball streaking across the sky above a road in the Tyrol region of Austria.

There were also reported sightings in eastern France, Germany and Switzerland.

The exact nature of the object is not yet known, but it can be seen glowing brightly as it makes its way through the sky before disappearing.


Comment: Another fireball reported on the same night - Numerous reports of meteors over Ireland and Scotland


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Numerous reports of meteors over Ireland and Scotland

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Maga Moate, co.westmeath, Ireland 21:00:00 5-6 seconds N-S. Very bright orange with a green tail, very close like firework, slow moving Brighter than Venus. No fragments. No pictures.

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Jamie MacEwan aka Jamie Groobel. Screwtop Fulton, Amisfield, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Approx 20.59 GMt 2-ish seconds South East towards North west. Orange ball followed by a bunson burner effect tail: yellow surrounded by pale blue/ white. Almost like a car headlight at full beam at 400 metres No. I have seen fragmentation once before. I thought that experience would never be topped (2012 - unreported). I feel as if I am in a state of shock. I watched an object travelling east to west in the small hours of the morning on a clear, crisp morning in the spring of 2012 whilst driving an HGV across the A66 from Scotch Corner to Kendal. On that occasion the Orange ball split into around 4 pieces in way that I can only describe as like a rocket breaking apart. Tonight it was not like that -'around 2 or so seconds then it appeared to 'burn out'. Incredible!!

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Bright green fireball streaks over Colorado skies

So it's true: The early bird gets the fireballs.
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Nate Hershey, a Colorado software engineer, shared a video of the Colorado Meteor that he caught on his dash cam on March 11, 2015.
Coloradans who were up before the sun on Wednesday morning saw a "bright green" fireball soar across the sky before it burned out over the mountains.

More than 60 eyewitnesses filed sightings on the American Meteor Society's website.

Greg Moore, an analyst and contributor at Weather5280, told Mashable he was driving over the top of Vail pass, west of Denver, just before 6 a.m. local time when "a bright green fireball caught my eye."

The object had a "flaming tail with a long trail behind it," Moore said. "As it moved towards the far horizon it started to flame out, but even after the tail was gone a bright orange ball was still visible till it disappeared beyond the far mountain range."

"It was pretty incredible," he said.

Snapchat user Joel Jimenez sent Mashable video he caught from a Home Depot parking lot in Fort Collins.

Brian Paulson, a software engineer, caught the fireball on his car's dash cam while driving about 15 miles north of Pueblo, Colorado. A second man caught it on his dash cam from Denver.


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'Intensely bright' daytime meteor fireball blazes over Perth, Australia - 9 March 2015


Raindrops keep falling on our heads, they keep falling...
Dozens of people in Perth and WA's South West have reported a bright light in the sky, believed to have been small meteor.

Callers flooded 720 ABC Perth's Morning program claiming to have seen the celestial event in locations ranging from Gidgegannup, on Perth's eastern outskirts, to Margaret River in the South West.

Talkback callers described seeing an intense white light flashing across the sky about 9:15am.

"I was just going over the Mount Henry Bridge [in Perth]... and there was this silver, sort of shooting thing that came down and just vaporised in a burst over the river," caller Gillian said.

Hilary was driving on the South West Highway near Binningup when she saw the object.

"A silver thing flashed at an angle - not like it was gravity, but going as though it was propelled into the ground," she said.

ABC gardening expert Sabrina Hahn said she thought someone had been letting off fireworks.

"It was a really, really intense bright light. It was incredible because it was such an intense light," she said.


Comment: The 'expert' doesn't know what he's talking about... this happened just two weeks ago:

Daytime meteor fireball blazes over Melbourne, Australia - 25 February 2015


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'Fireball' in sky over Illinois creates buzz

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Did little green men take a cruise in their spaceship over Alton? Probably not — but something strange in the sky caught the attention of several Telegraph readers Thursday evening.

According to Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society (AMS), reports of a fireball came from across the state Thursday evening.

"The sightings were clustered right around Chicago," Lunsford said. "We've only received a couple from the St. Louis area. We have 34 total sightings. St. Louis seems to be on the southwestern edge of our reports. It was apparently seen as far away as Ann Arbor, Michigan."

Lunsford added that similar sightings came from Texas and Louisiana around 2 a.m. Friday. He said the southern fireball had about half as many reports as the one over Illinois. Such bright fireballs are common in February, March and April, he added.

"This is the peak time for evening fireballs," he said. "I have no doubt that it was a meteor."

Lunsford said most of the reports claimed to have seen a large green fireball, but some were blue or yellow. According to Lunsford, the seemingly strange colors are actually quite common when a large chunk of space debris enters Earth's atmosphere.

"Entering the atmosphere excites the oxygen molecules and creates a sort of greenish glow," he said.

The AMS is still investigating the case, which includes looking for evidence that the meteor metamorphosed into a meteorite by hitting the surface of Earth.