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Bright meteor fireball lights up the skies from Wales to France and is recorded on multiple sky cameras

fireball uk 7th may
© UK Meteor Network/Clanfield Observatory
At 02:48GMT a meteor fireball lit up the skies at an estimated magnitude -5 brightness, apparently burning up over Cambridge, England. Multiple sky cameras from Cardiff, Wales to East Barnet in North London and Wimeraux, France captured the event.

It's believed that this particular sighting could be part of the Eta Aquariids which were spawned by Halley's comet. EarthSky.com writes:
Because Comet Halley has circled the sun innumerable times over countless millennia, cometary fragments litter its orbit. That's why the comet doesn't need to be anywhere near the Earth or the sun in order to produce a meteor shower. Instead, whenever our Earth in its orbit intersects Comet Halley's orbit, cometary bits and pieces - oftentimes no larger than grains of sand or granules of gravel - smash into Earth's upper atmosphere, to vaporize as fiery streaks across our sky: meteors.

It so happens we intersect Comet Halley's orbit not once, but twice each year. In early May, we see bits of this comet as the annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower.
While this brilliant sighting may be part of the Eta Aquariids, as SOTT's Fire In The Sky section has been documenting, fireball activity continues to increase with every passing year, and, throughout the year, at times when there isn't a known meteor shower occurring.

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Falling meteor fireball captured on dashcam in Pretoria, South Africa

Meteor fireball over Pretoria, SA
© Clinton Kruger
Social media went crazy last night after a Pretoria resident posted rare video footage of a shooting star in the city online.

This rare astronomical show happened just before 20:30 on Thursday evening.

In the video, taken by Clinton Kruger, a meteor is seen flashing through Pretoria's night skies.
i just saw a freaking falling star ❤️😭
- frafra (@Francinedoranxx) May 2, 2019
Speaking to Rekord, Kruger said it was astonished to see a shooting star in Pretoria.


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Houses rocked after 'unexplained big boom' in southeast suburb of Queensland

Loud boom in QLS, AUS
© The Courier Mail
Residents of a southeast suburb are scratching their heads after experiencing a loud "boom" and feeling the earth shudder early on Sunday evening.

Cornubia resident Shaun Pask said his West Coorang St house was rocked by the event which took place just before 6pm.

Mr Pask said he felt as if a large object had hit the roof of his house.

"My wife and I were inside when we experienced the house shuddering - it was so loud I could not image any handheld device could possibly create that amount of noise," he said.

"It was not a small object hitting a small part of the roof - it was like something fell from the sky and it landed on our whole roof at the one time.

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Meteor Fireball seen streaking through skies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

brazil meteor fireball april 26th 2019
Another big fireball was seen in Brazilian skies at 20:08 (23:08 UT) this Friday, April 26, 2019. This time, the bright meteor was reported in the north of Rio de Janeiro and east of Minas Gerais and recorded by BRAMON's cameras.

The space rock entered Earth atmosphere at an altitude of 80.8 Km over Rio das Flores, RJ, followed a northeasterly direction at a speed of 19.14 Km / s (68.9 thousand Km / h) before disappearing 5.67 seconds later, at an altitude of 38.4 Km over Argirita, MN.

Comment: Activity in our skies is really heating up:


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Loud, home-shaking boom heard in Branson, Missouri area

Mystery boom (stock)
© KY3
Did you hear a boom Tuesday afternoon, too?

Several viewers from Branson to Mountain Home shared with us they heard a loud boom around 4 p.m. They also say the boom shook their homes.

Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell says his office received several calls throughout the county. He doesn't know exactly what it is. He believes it could be a sonic boom. As for what this is, when we find out, we'll let you know.

The Ozarks has a history with these type of 'booms.' When they happen, law enforcement say they receive 60 to 75 calls.

Comment: See also: Loud booms heard, felt in northern Arkansas and south central Missouri.


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Meteor fireball explodes over Costa Rica, possibly crashes into home

Meteor over Costa Rica
© Edgar Chinchilla
A large meteor fireball exploded in the sky over Costa Rica on April 23, 2019 at 9:09pm.

People reported seeing flashes in the sky. Others reported hearing loud booms and feeling rumblings.

On the same evening a rock fell from the sky, making a hole in a roof in Aguas Zarcas, San Carlos, Alajuela. Now experts will analyse the rock to determine its origin. But I bet it is a meteorite!

The woman who found the space rock in her house explains she heard a loud rumble, went to the back of her house, discovered the hole in the roof and found the warm rock on the floor.

Now, cosmochemist (I am one of those :-)) will have to analyse the chemical composion of the rock to determine where this rock comes from... But it is ... the meteorite!


Comment: Just two weeks earlier, a bright meteor fireball was filmed streaking through Puerto Rico skies.


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'Green meteor' streaks across skies of northern Melbourne, Geelong, Australia Easter weekend

Fireball - stock image
While locals around Geelong and Wyndham have been enjoying their Easter break, some have experienced an extra special moment.

Following Good Friday's supermoon, a meteor was also seen darting across the sky on Easter Saturday.

The brief, but bright, event occurred around 6:53pm in the northern part of the Melbourne and Geelong sky.

So far, the newsroom can confirm it was seen in Glen Waverley and Werribee in Melbourne, as well as Mildura, Swan Hill and the Murray River.

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'Loud bang' heard in Suffolk, England

Loud boom in Suffolk, England
© Sarah Lucy Brown
A mystery bang left families in Claydon and Great Blakenham in shock last night - with some fearing it was the result of a crash on the A14 and others concerned there may have been an explosion.

But this morning, with those theories disproved, they have been left scratching their heads over what the loud bang could have been - and wondering if it could have been a sonic boom or even a 'skyquake'.

There have been further reports of another loud bang being heard in Martlesham and Kesgrave at around 8pm.

Harrison Cartwright, from Claydon, was at the doctors at 6.45pm when he heard the loud clash and then felt the room shake.

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Officials baffled over loud, house-shaking boom heard in northern Ohio city

Mystery boom (stock)
Several people in and around Elyria are talking about a deep, loud, house shaking boom that occurred Wednesday night, just after 9 p.m.
Mystery boom OH Facebook posts 1
© Facebook
We checked with Elyria Fire who had no reports of any explosions.

Elyria Police did take a call.

"We received one call last night from a resident who lives in the southeast part of the city. We responded but were unable to determine what caused it," Elyria Police Chief Duane P. Whitely said. "We have no information on what caused the "boom.""

We also checked with Lorain County Dispatch and the only report of a loud noise they had last night was for loud music.

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House-sized asteroid whizzes past earth

House-sized asteroid whizzes past Earth
© ESA/P. Carril
An artist's depiction of a potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroid.
An asteroid the size of a house gave Earth a close shave today (April 18), passing nearer to our planet than any other space rock will for the rest of this year - that is, as far as we know.

Named 2019 GC6, the asteroid was discovered by NASA's Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, just last Tuesday (April 9), nine days before it flew by Earth. The giant rock made its closest approach this morning at 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT), when it whizzed by our plant at a safe distance of about 136,000 miles (219,000 kilometers), or slightly more than half the average distance between Earth and the moon.

At the time, the asteroid was traveling at a relative speed of about 12,600 mph (20,300 km/h), according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA estimated that the speeding space rock's diameter is "within a factor of two" of 49 feet (15 meters), which means it may be up to 98 feet (30 meters) wide.