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Meteor fireball turns night into day in Mallorca, Spain

Fireball image taken from Benicàssim, Castellón.
© @vicent_ibanyez
Fireball image taken from Benicàssim, Castellón.
At around 21:30 on Tuesday a "fireball" crossed the skies of Mallorca and witnesses who saw it the middle of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, Deya and Soller, said it was on a north or west to south trajectory.

Francesc Xavier Salas from Deya described it as "an impressive fireball that showed very powerful sky blue light inside and an outer layer and tail with a greenish hue.

Thousands of meteors enter the earth's atmosphere every day but most of them are not seen by the public because they fall over the ocean or in remote areas.

Comment: Eh, but those aren't fireballs, which are much larger bolides than the ones they're talking about.

A fireball is a very bright meteor which ranges in colour from red to blue and its composition determines its colour; sodium produces a bright yellow light, nickel is green and magnesium is blue-white.

"This is the second one I've seen in my life, the last time was 43 years ago," said one witness.

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Bright meteor fireball lights up night sky over Alberta, Canada

Alberta meteor fireball
© Lea Storry/Twitter
Lea Storry was in her home office in downtown Edmonton when she saw the flash of light streak across the sky Monday morning.
A fireball buzzed over the Prairies on Monday, temporarily piercing the dark of the early morning sky with a flash of blinding blue light.

The meteor darted across the sky around 6:30 a.m. MT, startling early risers who were lucky to catch a glimpse of the sudden glow.

The light was captured by security cameras across Edmonton, and social media soon lit up with reports from observers who caught a glimpse of it.

The spectacle was seen in at least two provinces, with scattered reports from Jasper to Saskatoon.

As of 8:30 a.m., there were 42 unverified reports of fireball sightings on the American Meteor Society (AMS) website.

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Residents throughout UK observe bright meteor fireball

AMS event 907-2021 observers map
© AMS (screen capture)
AMS event 907-2021 observers map
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 112 reports (event 907-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over England, Groningen, Northern Ireland and Scotland on Thursday, February 18th 2021 around 21:20 UT.

For this event, AMS received one video. Credit: Andrew Simpson.

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Meteor fireball over the south of Spain (Feb. 16)

On 16 February 2021, at about 6:00 local time (equivalent to 5:00 universal time), a fast fireball was spotted over the south of Spain. This bolide was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 213,000 km/h. The fireball began at an altitude of about 117 km over the province of Badajoz, and ended at a height of around 82 km.

This meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Hita (Toledo), Sierra Nevada, La Sagra (Granada), and Calar Alto (Almería). The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).


Meteor fireball over Andalusia, Spain (Feb. 13)

The fireball shown on this video was recorded over the south of Spain on 2021 February 13, at 19:30 local time (equivalent to 18:30 universal time). It was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 72,000 km/h.

It began over the north of the province of Granada at an altitude of about 95 km, and ended at a height of around 55 km. The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project from the meteor-observing stations located at La Hita (Toledo), Calar Alto (Almeria), La Sagra (Granada), Sierra Nevada (Granada) and Sevilla.

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Bright meteor fireball streaks over Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne meteor fireball
© YouTube/Save Earth (screen capture)
Residents of Victoria, Australia, reported seeing a "massive fireball" streak across the night sky on February 14.

Dashcam footage posted to Facebook by Leesa Vaughan, and recorded from the Monash Freeway in Melbourne, shows the object flash in the night sky.

"That was a massive fireball," Vaughan can be heard saying in the video.

"This is likely a sporadic meteor, probably not much larger than a marble, entering the earth's atmosphere and burning up," the Astronomical Society of Victoria wrote in a Facebook post about the event. Credit: Leesa Vaughan via Storyful.

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Large meteor fireball reported over UK and Western Europe

AMS event 809-2021 observers map
© AMS (screen capture)
AMS event 809-2021 observers map
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 82 reports (event 809-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over Île-de-France, Drenthe, England, Friesland, Gelderland, Grand Est, Groningen, Hauts-de-France, Hessen, Limburg, Niedersachsen, Noord-Brabant, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Normandie, Overijssel, Scotland, Vlaanderen, Wales, Wallonie, Zeeland and Zuid-Holland on Friday, February 12th 2021 around 05:10 UT.

Three videos were uploaded to the AMS website.

This one is credited to Glen Wilkinson.

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Meteor fireball streaks over California

California meteor fireball
© AMS/Mike L.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 24 reports (event 778-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over CA, NV and UT on Thursday, February 11th 2021 around 05:21 UT.

A video was uploaded to the AMS website. Credit: PxT.

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Asteroid bigger than Statue of Liberty set for Earth flyby, but BIG ONE of 2021 to come in March, NASA warns

asteroid earth

Illustration: urikyo33 from Pixabay
NASA is warning of a slew of asteroids headed Earth's way in the coming days and weeks, some coming between us and the moon, with others measuring roughly the same size as the Golden Gate Bridge.

On February 10 alone, at least four Near Earth Objects (NEOs) are due to buzz the Earth.

The nine-meter asteroid 2021 CX has already passed the planet at a safe distance of 1.9 million kilometers.

Space rocks including the Statue of Liberty-sized, 119-meter long 2019 YP5 and the 5-meter 2008 DB will follow shortly after at a distance of 3.1 million km and 5 million km respectively.

Bringing up the rear on Wednesday will be 2021 CE3, with a diameter of 16m, which will pass the planet at a distance of 7.3 million km.

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Video shows meteor fireball blazing over Derbyshire, UK

Derbyshire meteor
© Rachael Magowen
This video shows the incredible moment a fireball was seen falling from the sky in Derbyshire.

The footage above shows the fireball suddenly appearing from absolutely nowhere in Whaley Bridge at 5.42am this morning, exactly a year to the day after one was spotted in Derby.

The clip is from the CCTV cameras of Rachael Magowen's home in the Derbyshire town.

Mrs Magowan was left amazed after seeing the clip and even more so when she found out Derbyshire Live ran a very similar story on February 4, 2020.

On that day it was reported how Gary Rogers, 52, was lying in bed at his home in Stenson Fields when he got a notification alert on his phone.

Comment: According to the American Meteor Society (AMS) the event (677-2021) was observed from all over the UK and parts of the Netherlands. Another video of the event was uploaded to the AMS website (credit to Stewart Long):