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NASA all-sky camera captures 305 fireballs!

Every night, a network of NASA all-sky cameras scans the skies above the United States for meteoritic fireballs. Automated software maintained by NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office calculates their orbits, velocity, penetration depth in Earth's atmosphere and many other characteristics.

On Sep. 3, 2014, the network reported 305 fireballs.
(300 sporadics, 3 , 1 alpha Aurigid, 1 Southern delta Aquariid)
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Witnesses see meteor light up Colorado skies

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It might have been the size of a pea, or maybe as big as a football. Still, streaking across the Boulder skies late Tuesday night, it made quite an impression on those who saw it.

Trevor Ycas, who lives in the Martin Acres neighborhood, was lounging in the backyard with four friends around 11 p.m. when they saw what he said was a meteor. They watched, said Ycas, as it split into four distinct pieces.

"It was going south to north, so I think it broke up somewhere north of Loveland, or maybe Greeley. I used a compass to check the trajectory, and I think it was about 15 to 20 degrees east of north," Ycas said.

Several in Ycas's group attempted to film it with camera phones, but were unsuccessful in capturing good images. But the time stamp from those attempts show that it occurred about 10:34 p.m., Ycas said.

There were plenty of other witnesses as well, including some who were out under the stars at Red Rocks Amphitheater for Film on the Rocks. "Meteor so large the crowd at Film on the Rocks was cheering," tweeted one.

Seth Hornstein, director of the Sommers-Bausch Observatory at the University of Colorado and a professor in the Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences, had not heard about the sighting until contacted by the Camera.

"It was probably a lone meteor," said Hornstein. "There's no showers coming up - the Persieds were in August, and the Orionids are the next ones in mid-October. It was probably just a stray."
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Huge fireball seen over São Paulo, Brazil

Video captures a huge fireball streaking across the skies of Campinas, a city in the Brazilian state of São Paulo just after 10pm Monday night.
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Not a mystery anymore: Spectacular green meteor flashes across New Zealand sky

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Meteor in Christchurch May 3
Hundreds of witnesses have described the magnificence of watching a meteor flash across the New Zealand sky last night.

Seen from all different parts of the country, most eye witness accounts describe a fast moving green light with a white tail flying over the sky between 6pm and 7pm.

"Wife and I saw a bright blue/greenish light with white tail as we were crossing the Auckland harbour bridge into the city around 6:25pm. We initially thought it was fireworks but was puzzled as it came out of nowhere from the sky and flew near-horizontally before it vanished. It appeared pretty close, as if it was flying just over Freemans Bay," James commented to Weather Watch.

Did you see the meteor and manage to get a photo? Send to [email protected]

Stardome Observatory educator Tim Jessop confirmed the siting to Weather Watch.

Comment: Just one out of many this year.



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Cause of big bang noise over New Zealand township remains unsolved

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A "massive bang" between Dinsdale and Whatawhata has puzzled and shaken residents. About 7.30pm on Wednesday, the noise startled residents in rural Rowe and Bowman Rds, near the Taitua Arboretum.

It's been described as like a sonic boom, "a heck of a bang" and left some wondering if a P lab had exploded or a meteor had crash landed.

Rowe Rd resident Janice Fischer remained mystified.

"It sounded like a bomb blast," she said.

"It sounded like a car had driven and hit our roof."

She and her husband nervously headed outside for a look.
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Bright meteor wows Kiwi stargazers

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A large meteor has been seen flying through the sky across New Zealand tonight.

The burning ball of space rock was spotted from locations throughout the country, including the West Coast, Auckland, Christchurch, Upper Hutt, Palmerston North, Napier and Nelson.

Many of those who sighted the meteor described it as large with a colourful tail, streaking across the sky about 6pm.

"[I] saw brilliant blue meteorite with long tail travel east to west across the northern sky. It seemed like fireworks at first and appeared close," Richard from north Canterbury posted on the WeatherWatch meteor watch website.

Another witness, Michelle, said: "Very large, beautiful meteor sighted over Napier, New Zealand aprox 6pm."

Steven said: "Very bright white light,showing the signs of a classic small meteor fly across Christchurch."
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Fireball spotted over north Georgia's night sky Saturday

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Cameras at the Tellus Museim in Cartersville caught a fireball on camera streaking over north Georgia on Saturday.
A lot of people across north Georgia and metro Atlanta messaged the FOX 5 newsroom this weekend about a bright flash across the night sky on Saturday.

Monday, scientists at the Tellus Museum in Cartersville confirmed there was a possible meteorite late Saturday evening. Their NASA camera caught the fireball passing over the state around 11:30 p.m.

Residents from Paulding County to Alpharetta to Gainesville reported seeing the streak. Some describe it getting as bright as daylight at one point.
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Meteor over Toronto captured on dash cam

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Some lucky Torontonians were treated to a light show Thursday.

A dashcam video posted to YouTube shows a bright object streaking across the sky over the Don Valley Parkway.

CityNews viewer Rahsaun Hutchinson was in a park in north Ajax and saw "a bright flying, star-like object" streak across the sky around 10 p.m.

Peter Brown, a professor in the Western Meteor Physics Group at Western University, says such sightings are common this time of year.

Having watched the video, Brown said the object appeared to be a "bright but not spectacular meteor" and likely not large enough to produce meteorites.
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Australian amateur Terry Lovejoy discovers his FIFTH comet

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The fuzzy object at center is new comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.
It's confirmed! Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy just discovered his fifth comet, C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy). He found it August 17th using a Celestron C8 fitted with a CCD camera at his roll-off roof observatory in Brisbane, Australia.

"I take large sets of image triplets, i.e 3 images per star field and use software to find moving objects," said Lovejoy. "The software I use outputs suspects that I check manually by eye."

Most of what pops up on the camera are asteroids, known comets, or false alarms but not this time. Lovejoy's latest find is a faint, fuzzy object in the constellation Puppis in the morning sky.

Comment: One has to wonder what is happening in space for there to be this many comet discoveries...



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Strange light seen in parts of Sri Lanka possibly a meteorite explosion

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Colombo - The strange light that were spotted by residents in several areas of the North-Central Province could possibly have been from an exploding meteorite, the Arthur C Clarke Centre said.

The Centre's Space Division Spokesman told Daily Mirror that the lights could possibly be from a meteorite explosion though it has not been confirmed yet.

He said meteorite could wither away under its high surface temperature but no investigation was possible because no object had hit the earth's surface as it happens in a meteorite explosion.

Eye witnesses said strange lights had travelled from the south and had come towards the earth but had withered away some ten feet from the earth's surface.

No signs of burnt patches have been spotted to suggest that any object had hit the ground.

The strange light had been witnessed by residents in several areas in the North-Central Province including Anurdhapura, Padaviya, Habarana and Hingurakgoda.
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