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Meteor fireball captured over Illinois and neighbouring states

AMS observers map (event 6742-2020)
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
AMS observers map (event 6742-2020)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 54 reports (event 6742-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, NE, OH, TN and WI on Wednesday, November 18th 2020 around 11:24 UT.

For this event, they received 2 videos.


Planetary defenses missed asteroid flyby that came within 400km of Earth on Friday 13th

asteroid illustration
A disturbing new record for the closest asteroid flyby of the Earth has been set, after a space rock named 2020 VT4 came within 400 kilometers (250 miles) of the planet on Friday the 13th. And our planetary defenses missed it.

The asteroid was spotted by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) survey at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii some 15 hours after it made its close approach from our sun-facing blind spot.

Estimated to measure between five and 10 meters (16-32 feet) in diameter (about 5.5 refrigerators stacked on top of one another), 2020 VT4 made its closest approach at 17:20 Universal Time (UT) on Friday November 13 over the South Pacific, near the Pitcairn Islands.

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Coffin maker becomes millionaire after meteorite worth £1.4m crashes through roof

indonesia meteorite roof
© East News Press Agency
The rock fell through Josua's home in Kolang, North Sumatra
A coffin maker in Indonesia became an instant millionaire - when a £1.4million lump of space rock crashed through his roof.

Josua Hutagalung, 33, was at home when the football-sized meteorite smashed through the veranda at the edge of his living room.

The lump of space rock is worth £1.4millionCredit: East News Press Agency

Experts have hailed the 4.5billion-year-old space rock as one of the most significant meteorite finds ever - saying it could contain elements which give clues to the origins of life.

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Bolide captured over southern Spain

Bolide over southern Spain
© YouTube/meteors (screen capture)
On 16 November 2020, at about 3:49 local time, a beautiful and very bright fireball was spotted over the south of Spain. This bolide was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 227,000 km/h. The fireball began at an altitude of about 132 km over Andalusia (south of Spain), and ended at a height of around 61 km over the south of Portugal.

This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Hita (Toledo) and Calar Alto (Almería). The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).


'Loud bang' heard across Dorking and Westcott, UK

Mystery boom (stock)
© myjournalcourier.com
Reports are emerging of a large presence of emergency services in the Dorking area after a "loud bang" was heard by residents.

Witnesses in the area have said that paramedics and police officers are in attendance at an incident in the Westcott area of the town as of around 4pm on Monday (November 2).

However, it is not believed that this is in connection with the noise heard by a number of residents. People have taken to social media to question the source of the noise, with some speculating it may have been a "sonic boom".

Surrey Police has been contacted for more information. We will be providing all the latest updates and information as we receive it in our live blog below.

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Meteor fireball lights up Alabama sky

Fireball over Alabama
There were many reports of a mysterious bright greenish-blue object streaking across the Alabama sky just before 6 p.m. on Sunday. Turns out it was a very bright meteor -- often referred to simply as a fireball.

The fireball wasn't just spotted in Central Alabama; it was seen at multiple locations across Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Tennessee.

It was even seen a time or two as far away as Kentucky, Virginia and Florida!

According to reports submitted to the American Meteor Society, it was seen burning up in Earth's atmosphere near Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, Auburn, and Troy just to name a few Alabama cities.

The most concentrated area of reports came in from around Atlanta, Georgia. That's likely due to the amount of people there that could have witnessed it.


Huge meteor fireball seen over US - 'Almost thought it was a plane crashing'

A huge fireball over the US stunned hundreds of residents across mid-northeast US, with some claiming they "almost thought it was a plane crashing".

A large fireball dazzled onlookers across the US when it entered the atmosphere on November 14. The fireball was so bright some people claimed to be "frightened".

Tens of people swarmed to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) to report their sighting.

Eric wrote on the IMO: "I've seen shooting stars in the past, but this one was much larger than anything I've seen before.

"It honestly frightened me and my girlfriend."

The meteor can be seen bright in the top right of the image
© Westsidesaint
The meteor can be seen bright in the top right of the image

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Meteor fireball blazes over Albany, Missouri

Meteor fireball over Albany, MO
© YouTube/American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 16 reports (event 6561-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over IA, KS, MN, MO, NE and OK on Thursday, November 12th 2020 around 01:05 UT.

A video from Daniel B, a resident in Albany, Missouri was uploaded to their website.

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Bright meteor fireball lights up night sky over Puerto Rico

Taurid meteor fireball
© YouTube/Frankie Lucena (screen capture)
This Taurid meteor was captured facing southwest in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico on Nov. 13, 2020 at 1:23am local time (5:23 UTC). It was taken the day after the peak of the Taurid meteor shower which was on the 11th and the 12th of November.


Meteor fireballs reported over Quebec and Japan

The American Meteor Society received a total of 9 observer reports from Quebec and New Hampshire of a meteor fireball on November 9th at around 06:27 UT.

A single video of the event is available: