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Bright meteor fireball over São Paulo, Brazil

meteor fireball over São Paulo
© YouTube/Bramon (screen capture)
A fireball was spotted crossing the sky in the interior of the state of São Paulo on the night of Tuesday, December 15th. The space rock entered the Earth's atmosphere at 9:35 PM BRT, when it was captured by the cameras of stations RCP3, RCP4 and CRP1, located in the cities of Nhandeara and Indiaporã, both in SP and by another 5 cameras of Clima ao Vivo in São Paulo and Paraná .

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Meteor fireball streaks over Minnesota

Observers map of event 7723-2020
© AMS (screen capture)
Observers map of event 7723-2020
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 88 reports (event 7723-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over MI, MN and WI on Wednesday, December 16th 2020 around 12:48 UT.

One video was uploaded to the AMS website:

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Stunning meteor fireball over the Atlantic Ocean

Gulf of Cadiz meteor fireball
© YouTube/Meteors (screen capture)
This stunning fireball was spotted from Spain by the cameras operating in the framework of the SMART project on 14 December 2020, at 23:12 local time (equivalent to 22:12 universal time). The event overflew the Gulf of Cadiz (Atlantic Ocean). It was produced by a meteoroid belonging to the Geminid meteoroid stream. The bolide began at an altitude of about 100 km over the sea level, and ended at a height of around 51 km over the ocean.

The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at Calar Alto (Almería), La Hita (Toledo), and Sevilla.

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Meteor fireball over Goiás, Brazil

Meteor fireball over Brazil
© YouTube/Bramon (screen capture)
Fireball over Goiás at dawn on December 10th.

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Meteoric majesty: Geminids provide spectacular celestial fireworks display

meteor shower
The Geminids meteor shower peaked overnight, with several spectacular sights captured on camera. For stargazers that missed out, fear not, as the celestial fireworks are set to continue for a few more days.

Regarded by many in the astronomy community as the best meteor display of the year, the Geminids peaked at around 50 meteors per hour. Eyewitness footage from around the world captured the phenomenon, caused by the debris trail of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon.

"[T]he predicted rate for observers in the Northern Hemisphere is closer to 60 meteors per hour," NASA officials wrote. "This means you can expect to see an average of one Geminid per minute in dark skies at the shower peak."

The Slooh online observatory, which remotely operates a number of telescopes around the world, also carries a live stream of the event.

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Bright meteor fireball captured over eastern France

Observers map for event 7648-2020
© AMS (screen capture)
Observers map for event 7648-2020
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 115 reports (event 7648-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Baden-Württemberg, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Fribourg, Grand Est, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Piemonte, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Rheinland-Pfalz and Vaud on Sunday, December 13th 2020 around 16:42 UT.

One video was uploaded (credit @flightlevel150) to the AMS website:

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'Loud boom' heard in southern Tennessee likely a meteor

Loud boom in central TN
© Hendersonville Standard
Kevin Fisher was sitting out by a fire in his backyard on the Walton Ferry peninsula late Saturday when he saw a flash of light followed by a sonorous boom.

Like many, Fisher turned to social media for a quick explanation.

Almost immediately, just before 11 p.m., residents of Hendersonville's Walton Ferry and Indian Lake peninsulas, Old Hickory and Hermitage flooded social media sites on Facebook and Nextdoor seeking answers.

And everyone, it seemed, had a theory - from a blown transformer to fireworks or gunshots to an explosion at the DuPont chemical plant to blasting at a rock quarry in Old Hickory.

Hendersonville Fire Chief Scotty Bush said he heard what sounded like a transformer blow from his living room on the Indian Lake peninsula.

Comment: Video of the boom can be heard here.


Mysterious fireball spotted in skies over Morecambe, England explained by experts

A mysterious flaming rock in the sky has had people in Morecambe scratching their heads.

What appeared to be a "big rock on fire" was seen over the town at around 8.15am on Monday (December 7).

Two 11-year-old boys, Thomas Wilson and Jay Grounds, saw the strange object while walking to school and managed to take a picture of it:
Fireball over Morecambe, England
© Thomas Wilson and Jay Grounds
Jay's mum, Beth, said: "My son and his friend Thomas saw what the described as a big rock on fire in the sky this morning on their way to school and Thomas got this picture of it. Did anyone else see it around 8.15am?"

She added that the boys said that it disappeared from view after a few moments.

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Meteor fireball recorded blazing over Ontario, Canada

Observers map for event 7440-2020
© AMS (screen capture)
Observers map for event 7440-2020
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 155 reports (event 7440-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, MI, NJ, NY, Ontario, PA, Québec, RI, VA and WV on Tuesday, December 8th 2020 around 00:31 UT.

For this event, AMS received one video.


Mystery 'boom' heard over Bath, England in early morning hours

Bath City Centre
© Artur Lesniak/Bath Chronicle
Reports of a 'massive boom' in Bath have been circulating since the early hours of this morning.

Nobody seems to know what the noise was, which seemingly took place at around 12.22am (Sunday December 6).

One person on Twitter said: "Anyone in Bath UK hear that? MASSIVE boom???"

To which someone replied: "Yeah, what was it?"

When asked what kind of noise it was, the witness said: "A really loud concussive bang. Felt it as well as heard it. It echoed. Nothing like a firework or a car back firing."