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Astronomical odds? Meteor strikes moon during 'Super Wolf Blood Moon' eclipse

Lunar Meteorite Impact
© Jose M. Madiedo
The meteorite impact caused a bright flash, indicated by the arrow.
Observers of yesterday's lunar eclipse were blessed with the first known sighting of a meteorite impact during such an event.

The so-called "super wolf blood moon" was eagerly watched by millions of people around the world, mostly via live streaming video. During the eclipse, some people noticed a tiny flash, a brief yellow-white speck, popping up on the lunar surface during the online broadcasts.

One Reddit user raised the possibility that this was a meteorite impact and others scoured eclipse footage for evidence of the event. A flash is visible in at least three different videos.

Jose Maria Madiedo at the University of Huelva in Spain has confirmed that the impact is genuine. For years, he and his colleagues have been hoping to observe a meteorite impact on the moon during a lunar eclipse, but the brightness of these events can make that very difficult - lunar meteorite impacts have been filmed before, but not during an eclipse.

Comment: Well we're "really really" glad that this chappy is "really really happy", but someone has to point out that this clearly points to the inner solar system these days having a LOT more debris in it than usual...


'Rattled my whole trailer': Mysterious boom heard, felt in Delta, Colorado

Mystery boom in Delta, CO
There were nearly 300 comments on the Delta Facebook Message board from people who heard what they're describing as a "loud boom" on New Year's Eve.

It's easy to assume it was fireworks; after all, it was New Year's Eve.

People in Delta swear that it was not fireworks.

From things falling off of walls to people going outside to see what had happened, Delta locals are now wondering what it could have been.

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Bright meteor fireball blazes over Shetland, Scotland

Shetland meteor
© YouTube/Raccoon (screen capture)
LOCAL astronomers agree that a fireball seen over Sumburgh airport on Friday evening was a sporadic meteor.

The meteor was captured by one of the Sumburgh Head cliff cameras operated by Shetland Webcam and shared on You Tube.


Dozens report seeing meteor fireball over northern New England

Fireball - Stock image

Stock image
A meteor almost surely traveled across the sky over northern New England early Wednesday night, substantiated by numerous reports in the area.

At least two dozen people from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts submitted fireball reports though the American Meteor Society's website.

Reports were submitted from 5:20 p.m. to 6:04 p.m., indicating the flash happened at about 5:15 p.m. Most people said it lasted for 3.5 seconds.

Here's a map of the reports filed on AMS:
AMS fireball map over NE US


Mystery surrounds 'massive flash and boom' over Somerset, UK

Mystery boom - stock
© Getty Images
A Somerset resident has spoken of the moment he witnessed what he described as a "massive flash and deep boom" in the sky above his home, prompting the question - what was it?

Martin Mulchinock, from Priddy, near Wells, has been left scratching his head over what the flash and boom was and is wondering whether anyone else heard or saw anything.

The flash and boom could have been seen or heard across Mendip and surrounding areas.

He said: "At approximately 9:55 pm, there was a massive flash in the night sky. A trail was visible but dissipated quickly.

"Roughly five minutes later there was a deep boom which disturbed the grouse. It was pretty dramatic.

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Meteor fireball reported over Cape Town, South Africa

meteor cape town south africa
A bright meteor exploded over Cape Town, South Africa around 18:05 UTC on January 16, 2019 (20:05 local time). Bright light produced by the object was followed by very loud sound and ground shaking.

The American Meteor Society has so far received 6 reports about this event. If you witnessed it, please fill out this form.

People from all over the Cape, from Hermanus to Franschhoek, Cape Town and all the way to the Swartland, have been talking about the 'massive flash of flight' that appeared suddenly in the twilight sky, The Citizen reports.

According to witnesses, this bright object was followed by a loud bang that shook the ground and rattled houses and windows.

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Giant fireball caught on home security cameras in Michigan

Fireball over MI
© WOODTV/Dan Klosterman
Last week, reports from states all over the Midwest started pouring in about a brilliantly bright meteor that streaked across the sky in the middle of the night.

Dan Kloosterman's home security camera in Byron Center was facing in just the right direction to catch the glorious sight at 3:10 a.m. Friday. In Plainfield Township, Christine Ford's security camera got the image from another angle.

The video verifies several reports filed with the Amercian Meteor Society of a fireball meteor that night.
AMS report
© WoodTV/AMS
According to the society, a meteor is considered a "fireball" if it is exceptionally bright, or as bright as the planet Venus, in the night sky. The video submitted to 24 Hour News 8 is exceptionally bright.


Meteor fireball lights up night sky over Edmonton, Alberta

Fireball over Edmonton
© Fred Thornhill/Reuters
Some stargazers in the Edmonton area reported seeing a large fireball streak across the sky Thursday night.
A few Edmonton-area skywatchers reported seeing a huge fireball light up the sky above northern Alberta Thursday night.

Dozens of people took to social media to report that a meteor was spotted around 10:45 p.m. above the Edmonton skyline.

"I was looking out my balcony when I saw a bright ball of light flying through the air," wrote one witness on Reddit.

"It eventually disappeared/broke up mid flight!"

Six people from Edmonton to Crossfield, Alta., filed reports of fireball sightings to the American Meteor Society on Thursday evening.


Strange noise heard in the skies of Malacca, Malaysia

Strange sounds (stock)
On January 9, 2019, YouTube user 'suraya' posted video footage of strange noises he heard in the skies of Malacca, Malaysia:

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Strange sounds heard in Greenland's skies

Strange sounds - stock
© Shihao Mei/Unsplash
YouTube user 'Finn Enoksen' uploaded video footage of strange sounds he heard in the skies of Greenland on January 4th: