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Mysterious tremor, deafening bang that 'shook homes' leaves Snowdonia, Wales residents baffled

Woman covering ears
© Ragip Candan
A mysterious tremor was felt by residents on the edges of Snowdonia today.

Debbie Green, who owns a farm near Cwm Silyn, described the noise as "deafening".

The farmer said that she began to feel a vibration in her feet when sat in her living room, but suddenly heard a "massive noise" before her entire house began to shake.

The incident caused her dogs to "kick off" and spooked the horses on the farm who had to be calmed down afterwards.

Other people in the area experienced something similar at 2.10pm today, including Ms Green's neighbour whose house also began to shake inexplicably at the same time.

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Bright meteor fireball recorded over southern Spain

Spain meteor fireball
© YouTube/Meteors (screen capture)
This beautiful meteor overflew the south of Spain on 2020 September 14 at about 2:23 local time (equivalent to 0:23 universal time). It was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from a comet that hit the atmosphere at around 80,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 102 km over Ciudad Real, and ended at a height of around 34 km over Córdoba.

The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN). The event was spotted from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), and Calar Alto.


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Meteor fireball stunningly captured over Djuma Game Reserve, South Africa

South Africa meteor fireball
© YouTube/ Djuma Private Game Reserve (screen capture)
A meteor fireball was recorded on camera over the Gowrie dam on Djuma Game Reserve, in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa on 13th September. As it blazed across the night sky it was caught reflecting on the waterhole, which has the oldest cam in Africa and the world and has been broadcasting LIVE from the spot since 1998.


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Amateur astronomer discovers kilometer-size asteroid

Asteroid
© NASA
An artist's conception of a near-Earth asteroid.
We have not yet found all the large, potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as highlighted by the recent discovery of a kilometer-size asteroid.

Amateur astronomer Leonardo Amaral was scanning the skies on the night of August 27th, imaging a region in the constellation Indus, when he picked up a cosmic interloper: the asteroid 2020 QU6.

Amaral used the 0.3-meter reflector at the Campo dos Amarais observatory near Sau Paulo, Brazil. The observatory had received a recent upgrade thanks to a Planetary Society grant.

Turns out, 2020 QU6 is about a kilometer across — a surprising find given that most such large objects have been found and cataloged. The asteroid orbits the Sun once every 3.26 years on an orbit inclined 23.5° relative to the ecliptic plane. It poses no current threat to Earth, having passed within 40 million kilometers (24 million miles, more than 100 times the Earth-Moon distance) on September 10th. That's the closest the asteroid will come to Earth in the 21st century.

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Loud boom heard in Kilkenny, Ireland - again!

Loud boom in Kilkenny
© KCLR
Tholsel in Kilkenny City
In a case of "hear" we go again another Big Bang was heard in Kilkenny last night.

A number of residents in the city & even on the Bennettsbridge Road reported a loud boom before midnight.

It follows a mystery sound that echoed on August 1, the source of which has yet to be confirmed - it's still under investigation by gardai. (More about that here).

A garda spokesperson this morning told KCLR News that some members also heard last night's noise but don't believe it to be anything sinister.

Comment: Previously: Kilkenny, Ireland residents baffled by mystery 'loud bang' heard around city


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Meteor fireball booms over California in stunning video - ''That was a close call'

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A huge meteor streaked in the skies above California, leaving onlookers stunned with one claiming it was "a close call".

Residents of California were stunned when a bright fireball boomed above them, producing stunning green colours. The meteor hit Earth's atmosphere on Sunday, September 6, above California, with dozens reporting the sighting.

Some Californians claimed it to be the best meteor sighting they had ever seen, while others were stunned by how close it seemingly came to ground.


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Meteor fireball over central Spain (Sep. 4)

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This bright meteor overflew Spain on 2020 September 4 at about 3:14 local time (equivalent to 1:14 universal time). It was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at around 54,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 101 km over the province of Toledo, and ended at a height of around 75 km. The total length travelled by the meteoroid in the atmosphere was of about 45 km.

The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN). The event was spotted from the meteor-observing stations located at La Hita (Toledo), La Sagra (Granada), and Seville.


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Meteor fireball spotted in background of news bulletin in Sydney

Meteor on News Broadcast
© Channel 7
Meteor spotted in background of Seven news in Sydney.
Channel 7 viewers in Sydney were stunned last night when a meteor shot into the Earth's atmosphere during the news.

Mark Ferguson was presenting the 6pm bulletin when a meteor was visible in the live feed of Sydney's skyline in the background.

Some eagle-eyed viewers noticed the object and posted about it on a Facebook group dedicated to meteor sightings.

Ferguson called into Sunrise this morning and spoke about the incident, telling the breakfast show hosts: "I didn't know too much at the exact time but within a few seconds of throwing to the commercial, Jess our cameraman quickly said, 'Mate, something has just flown behind you. I reckon it's a meteor.'

"We replayed it and had a good look and we couldn't believe it; what a shock!" Ferguson said.

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Meteor fireball over the south of Spain on September 3

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This beautiful meteor overflew the south of Spain on 2020 September 3 at about 2:35 local time (equivalent to 0:35 universal time). It was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at around 97,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 80 km over the Gulf of Cadiz (Atlantic Ocean), and ended at a height of around 44 km over the sea level.

The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN). The event was spotted from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), and Calar Alto.


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Pennies from heaven: Meteorites worth thousands of dollars rain upon Brazilian town

Meteorites in Brazil
© Charles Araujo
Locals said hundreds of pieces of the 4.6billion-year-old rock fell 'like rain' from the sky
The largest chunk of the meteorite, weighing about 40 kilograms, is reportedly worth around $26,000.

Residents of a remote town in northeastern Brazil called Santa Filomena recently received an unexpected bonanza when chunks of a meteorite believed to be 4.6 billion-year-old started falling "like rain" from the sky on 19 August, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the newspaper, the meteorite was a "rare chondrite which dates back to the origins of the Solar System", and whose fragments turned out to be quite valuable, with the biggest chunk, weighing about 40 kilograms, being worth over £20,000 ($26,000) - "the same as 10 years' worth of the average salary in the area".

"The price is getting close to 40 reals (£5.50) per gramme, and it's getting higher. Only a few days ago it was half that", said Edimar da Costa Rodrigues, a 20-year old student who discovered one of the fragments. "Ninety percent of the town's population are farmers. There aren't many shops, nothing that generates jobs. It's a humble place, with people on a low wage. Most people think it's a really good thing. Lots of people have found a rock, and it has come at a time when many really need some money to pay the bills".

Comment: Other reported meteor impacts so far this year include: