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Supermarket worker sees meteor break up over Plymouth, UK

© John Allen
David Butland with some of the meteorites he has collected previously
A supermarket worker claims he saw a meteorite enter the earth's atmosphere and break up over Plymouth.

Amateur space watcher David Butland, aged 42, says he was standing outside his parents' house in Beacon Park at about 7pm on New Year's Eve when he noticed a "yellowish light" in the sky, passing from south to north.

"I kept watching it and it started growing and changing colour," David said.

"About 10 seconds before it disappeared it started burning up, then four or five fragments broke off it.

"Originally the colour was mainly white, but as it started to break up it turned into a tint of yellow then deep yellow as more pieces broke off.

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Another space object breaks apart over Thailand - Third major cosmic event there in 4 months


A fireball seen in the early hours of Jan.2 in Lampang.
The sky in northern Thailand this morning saw not only the second light of 2016, but also a 30-second long fireball.

Aside from in Lampang, the mysterious light was also seen in many places up north including Chiang Rai, Loei and as far south as Phitsanulok.

The fireball that appeared at 6am Saturday was not a meteor but space debris, a collection of defunct man-made objects from old satellites or spent rocket stages, falling into the earth's atmosphere, an expert from Bundit Observatory believes.

In an interview with Matichon, Worawit Tanwutthibundit said the slow speed of the fireball indicated that it's not a falling star which normally travels at 80-kilometer per minute. The moving object was only travelling at around 20 or 30-kilometers a minute, the speed of space junk.

Comment: See also:

2 November 2015: Huge meteor fireball lights up skies over Thailand

7 November 2015: Massive meteor fireball witnessed in Thailand, explosions heard


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Massive meteor fireball over Spain ends 2015

On the last day of 2015, a skycam in northeast Spain caught a tremendous fireball — a very bright meteor — burning up in the morning sky:

© Ebro Observatory (E. Blanch/CSIC-URLl - JMTrigo/CSIC-IEEC)
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Wow. The camera is operated by the Ebro Observatory. The fireball is pretty stunning; it lasted only a few seconds, but probably got brighter than the full Moon. It was apparently seen by many observers in central and northern Spain.

There are two things I want to point out in the video. It looks like it passes under the clouds, but that's an illusion. A meteor happens when a solid bit of ice, rock, or metal (called the meteoroid) slams into Earth's atmosphere from space, moving many dozens of kilometers per second. The huge pressure generated as it compresses the air in front of it heats the gas up, which then glows. This luminous phenomenon is what we call the actual meteor. That typically happens 90 - 100 km above the ground (though sometimes lower depending on the given event), far higher than the clouds. It's so bright it shines right through the clouds, though, making it look like it's just above the ground.

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Christmas Eve meteor fireball lights up Midwestern U.S. morning sky

© WOWT
Nobody is sure what it was, but plenty of people saw it. Twas the Light Before Christmas and it lit up the night sky across a long stretch of the Midwest early Thursday morning.

Jay Poppe sent us the video he captured near Denton, Iowa.

That was just one of the locations between northern Kansas, through Nebraska and Iowa and into Illinois where sightings were reported.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. in the Omaha, Nebraska area.

What do you think? A meteor? Santa taking a few warm-up laps?


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Fireball over Las Vegas breaks up in the sky


Johnny Lere / YouTube
After dozens of reports of a light or object flying across the sky, officials from CSN Planetarium in Las Vegas said the object sighted is either a meteor breaking up on re-entry into the atmosphere or some type of space debris, such as a satellite.

​Dozens of videos surfaced Tuesday night showing what appears to be the reported object or light flying across the sky. The object was seen across Arizona, California and Nevada, but it is nothing to worry about.

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Huge meteor reported across Nevada skies

© Johnny Lere/YouTube
A giant glowing object soared through the night sky near Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday, with excited witnesses rushing to post photographs and videos of the what they believed to be a meteor on social media.

Some videos also apparently show what appears to be pieces of the object breaking up as it swoops across the sky.

Comment: Another video of the meteor fireball fragmenting over Las Vegas:


There has been an increase in sightings of meteor fireballs from all around the world recently. Check out our Fire in the Sky section.

See also: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - November 2015: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

and Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World - Book 3 by Pierre Lescaudronand Laura Knight-Jadczyk


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Meteor fireball blazes through the Labrador sky

© Via twitter@Eddymckay55
"seen this when I was up in the woods by South Brook NL it's in three pieces in the picture, if you look."
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a meteor!

Maybe.

Social media was abuzz Thursday as many Newfoundland and Labrador residents reported seeing what seems to be a meteor.

While the possible meteor was spotted in several areas of the province, Jamie Hickey of Muskrat Falls managed to record some video, which was uploaded to YouTube by meteorologist Eddie Sheerr.

But some people were skeptical about dubbing the burst of light as an official meteor.

One Twitter user called it "space junk," while another mused it might be a UFO.

Whatever it turns out to be, meteor sightings are not all that uncommon in the province.

Meteor showers peak during the August Perseids and December Geminids, the latter of which just occurred between Dec. 13-14 this year.


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Fireball meteor seen over Henry County, Georgia

© NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page
NASA cameras tracked the fireball to an altitude of 17 miles above the town of Locust Grove.
If you find an odd-looking "rock" in the Locust Grove area of Henry County, it might just be part of a meteor that came hurtling toward Earth at nearly 30,000 mph Thursday night.

Officials with NASA have confirmed that a fireball spotted over the south metro skies just after sunset Thursday was a meteor entering the Earth's atmosphere.

"We have received numerous reports concerning a bright fireball that occurred over Georgia at 6:33 p.m.," space agency officials said in a posting on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page. "All 6 NASA all sky meteor cameras in the southeast picked up the meteor at an altitude of 50 miles above McDonough."

Officials estimated the fireball was caused by a piece of an asteroid weighing at least 150 pounds, moving at a speed of 29,000 mph.


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Mystery fireball seen falling from sky in Brevard County, Florida


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A mysterious, fiery object falling from the sky was reported in Brevard County, prompting authorities to launch a search, officials said.

Nothing was found after 911 callers reported seeing a fiery object falling to the ground.

The calls were received about 7 a.m. Thursday, with reports of the mysterious object striking the area near the Interstate 95 onramp on the southbound side of Palm Bay Road.

Palm Bay Fire Rescue crews and police searched the area but found nothing.

A check with Melbourne International Airport also turned up no information about the mysterious object., News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

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NASA cameras film fireball seen from Madison, South Carolina

© NASA Meteoroid Environment Office
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A bright light seen in the skies from Madison County early Tuesday morning actually originated more than 300 miles away.

WAAY 31 viewers reported seeing the bright fireball in the sky from Madison Tuesday morning.

The fireball was captured by one of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office's cameras at 4:27 a.m. as it passed over South Carolina.

Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office said the object was an estimated 4-5 inches in diameter and probably weighed about five pounds.

You can watch the video below: