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Meteor fireball lights up sky over parts of southeast US

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The May 14, 2020, light in the sky can be seen in the upper left corner of this photo.
A fireball and bright flash were reported across portions of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas early Thursday morning.

A bright flash was seen by some in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry around 12:45 a.m. The sight was even captured by some home security cameras.

Several reports were logged by the American Meteor Society. Fireballs, shootings stars, etc. are fairly common sights across the world. But, of course, it has to be pretty dark (and clear) to truly notice them.


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Meteor fireball seen streaking across the sky in Natchez, Mississippi

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For one Natchez resident, a late-night trip out of his house turned into an otherworldly experience when he spotted a bright orange fireball streak across the sky.

"It scared the heck out of me," Alex Sandel said Monday morning. "It was bright orange, red and spinning."

Living near Merit Health Natchez, Sandel said he has stepped outside to watch a helicopter take off from the hospital's helipad Sunday evening at approximately 10:15 when he was startled by the fireball streaking across the sky.


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Stargazer captures intriguing meteor fireball explosion over Oregon

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© Wade Earl
An amateur stargazer was lucky enough to spot the exact moment a fireball hit the sky, discharging a fantastic bright aura. Wade Earl from Oregon captured a meteorite explosion during the Lyrid meteor shower.

The image, taken on April 21, 2020, was sent to the IMO (the International Meteor Organization) and AMS (the American Meteor Society) displays the meteor seemingly shattering twice as it reaches the atmosphere, meaning that Earl captured a double bursting fireball. In the image, we can spot the "W" of Cassiopeia lying to the lower right of the fireball.

Various space objects, such as comets or asteroids, produce a bright explosion of fore when they reach the sky. Air flows into cracks and pores of the rock, dragging apart and causing it to burst. Fireballs, on the other hand, are meteors that might be brighter than anything else ever seen.

Meteorite Explosion Lit Up the Sky over Oregon

Due to their speed at which they touch the Earth's atmosphere, fragments bigger than one millimeter can produce a bright light as they streak through the sky. These bright meteors are also dubbed fireballs, and they sometimes strike awe or fear for those who spot them.

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Woman spots 'ball of fire' streaking across sky over her garden in Liverpool, UK

Fireball over Liverpool
© Lottie Blake
A woman was startled to see a "ball of fire" streaking across the sky over her back garden.

Lottie Blake, 30, had just finished having dinner with her sister, yesterday evening, when she went into the kitchen to make a cup of tea.

However, as she was putting the kettle on she said she noticed something out of the window overlooking her back garden.

Lottie, from Whiston, told the Echo : "It was yesterday evening at about 8.00pm.

"We had just had our dinner so I went to the kitchen to make everyone a cuppa when I saw something out of the window.


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Video captures exploding meteor fireball over Washington state

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© YouTube/Bioluminous Commercial Photography (screen capture)
An apparent exploding meteor made for an incredible sight... and sound across parts of the Puget Sound region in Washington state Wednesday evening.

Several reports into the American Meteor Society indicated a brilliant white and colorful object streaked across the skies around 7 p.m. or so, culminating in a flash and then after a few minutes' delay, a massive explosion.

"Huge boom that shook the house," reported one witness in Brier. "It was the loudest boom I've ever heard."

A video from Scott Story with Bioluminous.com shows the streak as seen from a home surveillance camera, followed by the explosion about three minutes later:


Comment: Just over one week ago another meteor fireball was spotted across several Washington State counties with boom-like sounds reported.


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Truly spectacular meteor fireball breaks apart over northern Spain and Portugal

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Residents of Portugal spotted a bright fiery object streaking across the sky over the country. Based on reports by eyewitnesses, it seems a small asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere and turned into a meteor fireball over Portugal.

Details of the incident were reported by the American Meteor Society (AMS). According to the organization, the fireball incident was spotted by eyewitnesses from the states of Lisboa and Setubal.

According to the eyewitness reports, the fireball event occurred on April 28 at 4:47 a.m. UT or around 12:47 a.m. EDT. The reports indicated that the fireball had a magnitude or general brightness that ranged from -6 to -17, which means it was much brighter than the planet Venus when viewed from Earth.


Comment: It was also seen from northern Spain:



Not one week later, this meteor fireball was caught on camera above Spain's Costa del Sol.


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Meteor fireball caught on camera above Spain's Costa del Sol

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The phenomenon occurred when a rock from an asteroid entered the Earth's atmosphere and could be seen from Andalucia, Extremadura and Castilla la-Mancha.

Detectors from the SMART project, part of the astronomical observatories in Huelva, Sevilla and La Hita (Toledo) have registered the passage of a fireball over Spain at 82,000 kilometres per hour, which has been seen from Andalucia, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha .


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Asteroid sneaks past satellites in one of the closest flybys on record


Asteroid illustration
© NASA/JPL
Illustration of asteroid in space.
No one saw it coming until it was right on top of us. More like above us, actually.

A previously unseen asteroid the size of a truck flew about 4,350 miles (7,000 kilometers) over the Pacific Ocean on Monday, making it one of the closest passes by our planet on record.

Astronomers had no notice of asteroid 2020 JJ's existence, as it was discovered using the Mt. Lemmon Survey in Arizona right around the time it reached its closest point to us.

NASA keeps an online database of close approaches by asteroids and other "near-Earth objects" going back to 1900, and 2020 JJ comes in as the sixth closest approach ever recorded. It should be noted that the top 10 close approaches have all come since 2004. This isn't because asteroids started attacking us in the 21st century. Rather, it says something about how astronomers and their technology are becoming better at spotting ever-smaller and closer asteroids.

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Early morning loud boom wakes residents in Hereford, UK

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People across Hereford were awoken by a loud bang in the early hours of this morning.

Described as 'a huge boom', and 'like a cannon', the sudden noise was heard all over the city, from Kings Acre Road to Hampton Dene, at around 2.45am.

Many have taken to social media to question what they heard, with suggestions ranging from fireworks to thunder.

Natalie in Belmont said: "It wasn't a gun shot, it was a deep bang, so much so that the first thing I did was look at the news."

Catherine Street resident Robin Hart said: "This is at least the second time we have been woken by this bang.

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Meteor fireball streaks over Florida's Panhandle

Fireball over Florida's Panhandle
© WJHG/WECP
A viewer of WJHG's shared a video from his security camera of a meteor shooting over the sky of Panama City Beach Thursday night.

The meteor may have been a precursor to the upcoming Eta Aquariid Meteor Showers which peaks during the early morning hours of May 4, 5, and 6. You can read more about that meteor shower at the link to the right.