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Bright meteor fireball with terminal explosion captured over Tucson, Arizona

Bright meteor in Tucson AZ sky with a terminal explosion.
Fireball exploding over Arizona
© Eliot Herman
Likely a sporadic meteor at 10:24 pm on December 9th 2017 displaying a terminal explosion as the meteor is destroyed.

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All sky CCD camera movie of night sky


Out of this world: ISS astronaut captures stunning images of meteorite above Mexico (VIDEO)

International Space Station.
© A view of Earth from the International Space Station. / Reuters
A view of Earth from the International Space Station.
The moment a shooting star rocketed over the coast of Mexico has been captured from a vantage point so unique that one could say it's simply out of this world.

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik filmed the streak of burning rock from the orbiting space lab of the International Space Station (ISS) Friday.

Bresnik, a member of NASA Expedition Crew 52/53 which has been aboard the ISS since June, was filming a timelapse video of the Earth when the phenomenon occurred right before his very eyes.

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New Jersey police dashcam captures fireball blazing across night sky

Police Dashcam Fireball New Jersey Dec 2
© Police Dashcam Fireball / Facebook
The American Meteor Society (AMS) confirmed that the ball of fire was indeed a very bright meteor, adding that it had received numerous reports from people who saw the rare phenomenon on December 2.
Police dashcam has captured a dazzling fireball brightening up the night sky in New Jersey with a lime green light. Witnesses across more than a dozen states said they saw the "shooting star" streak across the sky.

The footage, which is now being shared online, was released on Facebook by the police department of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, on Thursday. Local police officer Michael Virga was on patrol December 2 when his vehicle dashcam caught a glowing object in the sky, followed by a second of a nighttime daylight.

"It kind of took me by surprise," Virga told local NJ.com website, "I just saw a little blip - it lit up the entire sky like a lime green streak."

Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) received over 100 reports (#4827-2017) of this meteor fireball which was seen over multiple northeast and mid-Atlantic states on Saturday, December 2nd 2017 around 08:09 UT. Included in these reports, 11 people mention hearing an associated sound, such as a "boom" or "crackle". For more videos see: Bright meteor fireball explodes over Pennsylvania, sonic boom reported (VIDEOS)

These meteor sightings have been increasing dramatically, and in addition to such visible bodies, it is probable that fragments from comets are also exploding in our atmosphere: BOOM! Mysterious blasts rattling the skies are on the increase around the world - UPDATE at least 64 documented events (VIDEO)

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Meteor fireball shoots across Mediterranean sky

The fireball was spotted travelling over the Mediterranean Sea

The fireball was spotted travelling over the Mediterranean Sea
A fireball has been spotted streaking across the Mediterranean sky.

The phenomenon was created after a rock abruptly came away from an asteroid and entered the Earth's atmosphere in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The fireball appeared at 5.22am and could be seen from the coast of Valencia to the Balearic Islands.

It was captured by sensors installed at the University of Huelva in the Astronomical Complex of La Hita, in La Puebla de Almoradiel, Toledo in Spain.

Professor José María Madievo at the university said in a press release that the fireball had been caused any a rock breaking away from an asteroid.

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Bright meteor fireball explodes over Pennsylvania, sonic boom reported (VIDEOS)

Pennsylvania meteor fireball
© M. Hankey, AMS
Pennsylvania meteor fireball on December 2, 2017.
If you were looking up at the sky at 3 a.m. Saturday, you may have seen a bright flash of light.

It turns out the flash was the result of a fireball meteor.

WGAL reports the fireball meteor was seen over most of the northeastern part of the country. Fireball meteors are brighter than normal meteors, and usually end with a flash as they disintegrate in the atmosphere.

Numerous photos and videos have made their rounds on social media.

Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received over 100 reports (#4827-2017) of this meteor fireball seen over NY, MD, PA, VA, OH, DE, CT, NJ, RI, WV, NH, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, MA, DC, Connecticut and Maryland on Saturday, December 2nd 2017 around 08:09 UT. Included in these reports, 11 people mention hearing an associated sound, such as a "boom" or "crackle".

As well as visible celestial bodies, it is probable that space rock fragments are also exploding in the atmosphere. See also: BOOM! Mysterious blasts rattling the skies are on the increase around the world - UPDATE at least 64 documented events (VIDEO)

These related articles are from just last week: Even NASA's own space data supports citizens' recent observations, namely the inconvenient fact that meteor fireballs are increasing dramatically.


Mysterious 'skyquakes' continue around the world with few answers to their origins

Across the world, the sky is quaking with mysterious, explosive booms leaving residents rattled and baffling experts trying to determine their origins.

More than 64 different incidents involving loud, unexplained booms worldwide have been reported in 2017, according to a recent NY Post report.

The most recently reported skyquake in the U.S. occurred near Daytona Beach, Florida, on Dec. 3, prompting nearby residents to search for answers on social media.

Birmingham, Alabama, residents experienced a similar event last month, which local media dubbed the "Bama Boom."

The "Bama Boom" occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 14, around 1:30 p.m. local time, according to Fox News.

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NASA confirms more than 60 reports of meteor fireball across Florida skies

Fireball in the sky
© Heather Fox
Fireball in the sky
NASA confirms at least 60 reports of a fireball seen across Florida skies on Tuesday evening, just after the sun set.

Video captured on dash cam video shows the fireball falling near Little Road and 54 around 6:30 Tuesday.

A Riverview family also caught video of the fireball on their security camera outside their house.

The American Meteor Society, a non-profit scientific organization had at least 55 reports across Florida too.

To can see their interactive map here: click here.

Comment: Just 4 days prior to this event came the following report from the same state: Another mysterious boom shakes buildings, this time in Daytona Beach, Florida


Mysterious boom rattles windows in Caledonia, Mississippi

Mystery boom in Mississippi
Many WCBI viewers wrote in asking about a mysterious boom Wednesday in Caledonia.

After reaching out to different organizations trying to determine what it could have been, the Columbus Air Force Base says the noise possibly came from a T-38 Talon as it took off for practice take offs and landings.

Master Sgt. Amanda Savannah says, there could have been a sonic boom from a functional check flight. However, it's unlikely due to the altitude of the flight and it was 40 miles away from Caledonia.

So still no definite answer as to what caused the boom. We're still looking into it.

A loud mysterious boom was reported by residents in Caledonia on Tuesday morning. The noise occurred just before 11:00 AM. Residents said it shook windows and it caught many by surprise. WCBI News followed up with local officials and more for answers.

Comment: Another space rock exploding in our atmosphere?


Another unexplained boom heard in Alabama (Update)

Ben Flanagan
© Ben Flanagan/al.com
Another unexplained loud boom was heard over the Birmingham area Sunday morning, the latest in a series that has defied explanation.

Meteorologist James Spann retweeted a number of reports from people in the Birmingham area who reported hearing one or two booms around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Reports came from Mountain Brook, Forest Park and other areas.

The Jefferson County EMA said it had gotten a report of a double boom at about 7:29, though it raised the possibility that the second boom was an echo. The agency said it had "no information on the cause at this time."

Comment: See also: Mysterious loud 'boom' heard across North Alabama - NASA unsure of origin

Update: On November 24th, a YouTuber in Alabama uploaded a home surveillance video that recorded a boom that shook their house:
People around the world are reporting mysterious booms coming from the sky. This one was caught on camera in Alabama.

Birmingham National Weather Service tweeted: 'Loud boom heard: we do not see anything indicating large fire/smoke on radar or satellite; nothing on USGS indicating an earthquake.'

Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, said, 'No one can figure out the cause.'


Unexplained loud 'booms' rattling houses bewilder southern Arizonians

Tucson, Arizona
© Wikipedia
Tucson, Arizona
Residents of southern Arizona are baffled by mysterious booms being felt and heard across the southern part of the state, which have caused the ground to shake and pets to tremble. No one seems to have an explanation for the weird occurrences.

The spooky events happened two nights in a row - on Tuesday between 8pm and 8:30pm, and on Wednesday just after 3pm, according to Tucson News Now. It's not just one or two people who have reported the strange booms, as the media outlet says it has been "inundated" with calls, emails and Facebook messages from witnesses.

Describing one of the booms, a resident by the name of Jim Hughson said it "sounded like someone throwing boulders in a huge dumpster. Crazy." He said he heard the boom on the northeastern side of Tucson.

Another resident named Pamela Sutherland said one of the booms "was loud and it shook the house, rattled windows, and everything hanging on the walls. It was enough to make the ground shake and frighten our dog."

Comment: See also: 64 mysterious booms heard all over the world this year. Why?