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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!

World's largest asteroid impact zone believed uncovered by ANU researchers in central Australia


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Falling meteor in Cumbria

A major search was launched after distress flares, which turned out to be a meteor, were reported in Cumbria.

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Meteorite Tyrol March 2015
Concerned members of the public reported someone in trouble at about 9.20pm last night.

Maryport Coastguard Rescue Team was dispatched to the area, between Workington and the Isle of Whithorn, where members took up various observation points while Workington lifeboat was dispatched to carry out a search.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: "After a thorough search of the area and enquiries made - as well as receiving more reports from other parts of the country reporting lights in the sky - it was decided that the sighting was probably a meteor."

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

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Current earthquake map
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.