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Fireball filmed over Peru

Arequipa, Peru - On May 17, Thursday, someone shot video of a strange object that looks like a fireball.

The strange fireball was seen in the sky in Arequipa, Peru and caused great surprise for onlookers wondering what it was.

Strange enough, this isn't the first incident with fireballs or meteoroids in Peru.

In September 2007, more than 600 were reported sick after a meteoroid landed.

And in August 2011 a suspected meteor streaked across the sky over the city of Cusco in Peru.

Just click on the video to see the alleged fireball footage.


Fireball appears north west of Perth, Australia

The skies in the north west were alight on Saturday night.

We've had a couple of reports of giant orange things dropping from the sky.

You can check out some of the reports on our facebook page.

Ralph Martin is the Acting Government Astronomer at the Perth Observatory...

Listen to the audio file of this radio broadcast here.


Meteor Shower Timelapse Seen from the Space Station

Just as the Lyrid Meteor Shower was peaking on April 21, 2012, astronaut Don Pettit captured this incredible timelapse sequence from the International Space Station. Of course you can see the familiar view of cities sweeping beneath the station as it orbits the Earth, but if you watch carefully, you can see the bright flashes of meteors burning up in the Earth's atmosphere. The timelapse was made up of 310 individual frames captured during that evening, which were then stitched together into a single video.


Tunguska - Have scientists finally found fragments of the meteorite which set off the mysterious 1908 catastrophe?

At 7.17am on June 30, 1908, an explosion like a detonating hydrogen bomb erupted in the forests of Siberia - and until now, scientists have offered no conclusive explanation for the event.

Now Italian scientists claim to have found chunks of a meteorite which might have caused the blast - from seismic and magnetic scans of nearby Lake Cheko.

Lake Cheko, they claim is an impact crater for the blast - which devastated nearly 1,000 square miles of forest and was detected hundreds of miles away.

The Tunguska event, or explosion, was an enormously powerful explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Siberia - and was seen as far away as Britain


Astrophoto: Meteor Fireball Passing through the Milky Way

© Luke Arens
A northern Minnesota lake reflects a large meteor fireball.
Northern Minnesota is famous for its bountiful lakes, and clear, dark skies. This beautiful astrophoto combines both - and more - as photographer Luke Arens captured a big meteor fireball reflecting off a northern Minnesota lake just as the Milky Way core rose above the scene. Luke took this image over the weekend as part of a timelapse sequence, which he says will be available soon. We'll add the timelapse view here, so watch our Twitter feed for updates!


Fireball Streaks Low and Slow Over Fargo, Seen From Several Northern States

Valley sky watchers and anyone who happened to be outside at about 10 o'clock Friday night were treated to a special sight. This is what viewers have reported on the Valley News Live Facebook page:

Kyle Wayne Erickson, "We seen it in Hope, it was at 10:02, we were all sitting on the deck and seen it, it was moving slow, looked like it was literally no more then a couple hundred feet over the trees. Had a HUGE bright colorful tail behind it, that was a once in a lifetime sighting, was the coolest thing I'd ever seen!!"

Jeremy Southwick, "Just saw a fantastic meteorite falling westward over West Fargo! Somebody go find it!"

Alex Wilkowski, "It came and went very slow for a shooting star, I didn't think many would see it. It was so low."

Some have also reporting hearing a crackling noise and seeing it break up into pieces.


April 2012 Fireball Roundup + New Footage from Brazil

I'm betting with my luck that another fireball or two will happen before April is over and my roundup will be incomplete :P We ShaLL seEeE.


Daylight fireball filmed from Boise Idaho in February


If that's a contrail, where's the plane?
Meteorite filmed over Boise Idaho on 3 February 2012.


Eta Aquarid Meteor Update

The eta Aquarid meteor shower, due to peak on May 5-6, is already underway. Cameras in NASA's All-Sky Fireball Network have picked up more than a dozen eta-fireballs this week, including seven last night alone. NASA astronomer Bill Cooke prepared this diagram showing the orbits of the fireballs detected so far:

"The purple line traces the orbit of Halley's Comet, source of the eta Aquarids," says Cooke. "Blue lines are orbits of the individual fireballs determined from simultaneous observations by multiple cameras." A statistical analysis of the data shows that the fireballs hit Earth's atmosphere traveling about 66 km/s (139,000 mph) and disintegrated about 90 km (52 mi) above Earth's surface.

Forecasters expect the shower to peak this weekend; the best time to look is during the hours before sunrise on Sunday, May 6th. Because the shower's radiant is located below the celestial equator, southern hemisphere observers are favored, but even northerners should be able to see a few eta Aquarids. Super-bright moonlight will cap the meteor rate at about 30 per hour.


Aquarid meteor shower to coincide with super moon

Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, source of the annual eta Aquarid meteor shower. Because the shower's radiant is located below the celestial equator, southern hemisphere observers are favored, but even northerners will be able to see at least a few flecks of Halley-dust disintegrating in the atmosphere when the shower peaks this weekend. The best time to look is during the hours before sunrise on Sunday, May 6th. Bright moonlight will cap the meteor rate at about 30 per hour.

In recent nights, NASA's all-sky meteor network has picked up a number of early eta Aquarid fireballs. This one was bright enough to shine through the glow of sunrise and clouds over Tullahoma, Tennessee, on April 29th.