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Asteroid bigger than the Statue of Liberty will fly past Earth on Christmas Day, NASA says

Asteroid Christmas
© Daily Mail, UK
The asteroid could be more than twice the size as the Statue of Liberty (305 feet) or Elizabeth Tower (better known as Big Ben) and bigger than Salisbury Cathedral (404 feet)
An asteroid bigger than the Statue of Liberty will fly past Earth at 8:20pm GMT on Christmas Day, according to data from NASA's Center for Near Earth Studies.

The asteroid, called 2014 SD224, will come within 0.02019 astronomical units, or nearly 1.9 million miles, from the Earth's surface.

2014 SD224 has a diameter anywhere between 302 and 690 feet (92 to 210 metres) - meaning it could be more than twice the size of the Statue of Liberty (305 feet) or bigger than Salisbury Cathedral (404 feet).

As 2014 SD224 flies past Earth, it will be travelling at a speed of 10 kilometres per second or more than 22,000 miles per hour - roughly 30 times the speed of sound.

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Meteor fireball lights up sky over Alabama

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A meteor was captured on camera in Marshall County, Alabama, on the evening of December 22, as it hurtled across the sky.

This clip, posted by Michael Brooks on Twitter, shows the fireball as viewed from Lake Guntersville.

The meteor moved at 29,000 miles per hour according to Dr Bill Cooke, Meteoroid Environment Program Manager at NASA, as reported by local meteorologist Jason Simpson.


Credit: Michael Brooks via Storyful

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HUGE meteor fireball lights up southern China's dark morning skies

Fireball over Yushu City
© Weibo
This shot of the meteor was taken from a plane.
A suspected low-flying meteor has lit up the sky in northwestern China's Yushu City on December 23.

Video from the event in the city in China's Qinghai Province showed a bright fireball streaking across and lighting the dark sky.

According to reports, the fireball was probably a bolide and it might have dropped several meteorite fragments somewhere in the area.

A bolide is a very bright meteor.

Comment: The Daily Mail provides a few more details of the awesome event:
In another piece of footage, the burning object is seen descending quickly towards hills and fields.

In a third clip, the fireball becomes brighter and bigger as it approaches the ground.

Dan Ba, a local, said he witnessed the fireball while taking his child to school.

'It started very small, but three minutes later it became very big and bright,' the parent told Pear Video.
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Yu Jun, chief writer of Chinese science website Guokr, told Beijing News that the fireball looked like a bolide, which is a very bright meteor.

The Nanxiang County Government told Red Star News that it had heard of the matter but was unclear of the details.
It brings to mind the spectacular fireball that roared through Russia's skies on February 15th, 2013, which SOTT reported on at the time: Fireball explodes over Russian city: Widespread panic and structural damage, Thousand people injured

Although there have been a great many smaller events since then, as recorded in our Fire In The Sky section.

See also: Something Wicked This Way Comes

And check out SOTT radio's: More footage and data is emerging on Twitter:






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Meteor fireball recorded over the Netherlands, observed as far away as Scotland

Observers map AMS event 7938-2020
© AMS (screen capture)
Observers map AMS event 7938-2020
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 80 reports (event 7938-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over Drenthe, England, Friesland, Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, Niedersachsen, Noord-Brabant, Noord-Holland, Overijssel, Scotland, Utrecht, Vlaanderen, Wallonie and Zuid-Holland on Sunday, December 20th 2020 around 20:16 UT.

One video was uploaded to the AMS website. Credit: Frank Breedijk.

The meteor fireball can be seen in the top left corner at the 0:11 mark.


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'Loud booms' in Austin, Texas lead to 911 calls but no explanation

Loud booms in Austin
© KXAN
Multiple loud booms woke people up overnight in south Austin. The Austin Police Department says as many as a dozen people called 911. The first call came in at 2:30 a.m.

APD says the callers described the noises as "gunshots," "a transformer exploding," and a "loud boom noise." Multiple people said they could hear at least three different booms. One caller also said this happened before in September.

"Calls to 311 being transferred to 911. 911 operator advised of multiple reports but not explanation," one KXAN viewer wrote to us. They also said they've heard the loud noises since approximately September.

Austin Police sent an officer to the area around 3 a.m. That officer drove around but did not hear the loud sounds.


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'Explosion' heard across North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Stoke on Trent, UK
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Families across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have reported hearing a 'loud bang' this evening.

The 'small explosion' was heard echoing across the streets of May Bank, Basford, Etruria, and Hanley with many wondering what was going on.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed it was not called to any explosions in the area.

But families have still been left scratching their heads and wondering what it was.

One resident said: "There was a small explosion over May Bank. Two or more were then heard with the loudest one over Basford Park."

Another added: "There was a loud bang over Basford, it was close to our house and the floors vibrated."

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Southwestern Idaho doorbell camera catches reported meteor explosion

Fireball over Idaho
© Kool96.5
A thunderous boom and flash in the sky was reported to police in southwest Idaho over the weekend that was picked up on at least one doorbell camera in the city of Eagle. Meteorologists that have viewed the footage say it could have resulted from a piece of space debris that entered the Earth's atmosphere.

My first impression of the footage captured in Eagle on Friday night was that it looked like a large aerial firework. The fact that the object made such a loud noise that actually caused people in this neighborhood to scream out, kind of debunks that theory.


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People across Ohio valley report loud, mysterious boom

Fireball over CT, MI, OH and Ontario
© AMS Meteors/Adam F.
People from Hubbard to Girard to Austintown to Youngstown and even as far as Greenville, Pa. reported hearing and feeling a loud boom Friday morning.

The sound was captured on Nicholas Serra's home surveillance camera around 7:45 a.m.

"It was a loud bang. Felt like a bomb may have gone off," said Hubbard resident Victoria Malphrus.

The source is still a mystery.

The comments came flooding into WKBN before 9 a.m. Some reported their houses shook. Others said they heard what sounded like a loud explosion.

Mirta Chapman, of the Brier Hill neighborhood in Youngstown, said she was working from home around 8 a.m. when she heard a loud explosion and her house shook.


(The sound of the boom can be heard approximately 20 seconds into this surveillance video submitted by a viewer)

Comment: On December 11th, the American Meteor Society received 22 reports of a fireball over Connecticut, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario at around 00:29 UTC.


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Bright meteor fireball over São Paulo, Brazil

meteor fireball over São Paulo
© YouTube/Bramon (screen capture)
A fireball was spotted crossing the sky in the interior of the state of São Paulo on the night of Tuesday, December 15th. The space rock entered the Earth's atmosphere at 9:35 PM BRT, when it was captured by the cameras of stations RCP3, RCP4 and CRP1, located in the cities of Nhandeara and Indiaporã, both in SP and by another 5 cameras of Clima ao Vivo in São Paulo and Paraná .


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Meteor fireball streaks over Minnesota

Observers map of event 7723-2020
© AMS (screen capture)
Observers map of event 7723-2020
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 88 reports (event 7723-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over MI, MN and WI on Wednesday, December 16th 2020 around 12:48 UT.

One video was uploaded to the AMS website: