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Multiple meteor fireball sightings reported in Minnesota, North Dakota and Canada

A large meteor that appeared as a fireball with a bright tail lit up the skies across North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada.

According to the American Meteor Society, the fireball was reported by at least 32 people at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Witnesses reported seeing the fireball in southern, central and northwestern Minnesota, eastern North Dakota and Manitoba.

One witness wrote "Unlike anything I have ever seen." Another report said the meteor had a "spark trail" as it fell from the sky.

The organization says several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth's atmosphere each day. The vast majority occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions.


Montana Learning Center catches video of a meteor fireball over Canyon Ferry

The Montana Learning Center (MLC) at Canyon Ferry was able to capture video of a fireball that streaked across the sky on December 29 thanks to their new meteor tracking technology.

Believed to be the first of its kind installed in Montana, the All Sky Fireball Camera System is capable of giving a 3D atmospheric trajectory of meteors as well as their velocity, magnitude, pre-atmospheric mass estimate for the meteoroid and determine the orbit of the meteoroid prior to hitting Earth.

MLC director Ryan Hannahoe says they were lucky to catch the fireball: "We just set up the camera system and focused the camera on the night of the twenty-ninth and it just so happened about five or six hours later we captured that fireball," said Hannahoe. "So that was beginner's luck, as they call it."

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Daytime meteor fireball streaks over Bahia, Brazil

Bahia meteor fireball
© YouTube/Bramon (screen capture)
The passage of a meteor in broad daylight scared residents of several locations in the interior of Bahia on Saturday, January 2. The meteor was recorded by the GOES-16 meteorological satellite and by a Clima Live camera in Nova Redenção.


Meteor fireball as bright as full moon over Spain on January 2

On 2 January 2021, at about 5:08 local time, a fireball as bright as the full Moon was spotted over the south of Spain. This bolide was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 230,000 km/h. The fireball began at an altitude of about 113 km over Andalusia (south of Spain), and ended at a height of around 58 km.

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 Sagra (Granada), and La Hita (Toledo). 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 boom heard in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky tri-state area

Loud boom in IN, KY, IN
A loud boom could be heard in various communities across the Tri-State around 2 p.m. Friday, leaving numerous residents wondering what it was.

"The whole apartment shook so I was pretty confused. I didn't know what was going on," said Rita Langston of Henderson.

That's the mystery that has the Tri-State talking as we start off the new year. What was that boom? It even took social media by storm with comments rolling in on a post made on the Henderson Watch Facebook page.

"Some of them were saying they heard it in Newburgh, in Evansville, and on the south side of Henderson," Langston said.


'Booming noise' prompts police investigation in Muskego, Wisconsin

Mystery boom (stock)
© myjournalcourier.com
Muskego police said Sunday, Dec. 27 they couldn't determine what caused some loud booming noises that caused a flurry of questions online. Several people said they got up to check for damage because the sound was so loud.

They found nothing, just like Muskego police. Instead, they may have witnessed a relatively rare weather phenomenon.

Just after noon on Sunday, the noise ruffled some feathers in southeastern Wisconsin.

"I was watching TV and then I heard a really loud boom," said Michelle Bykowski. "Kinda sounded like something happened in my garage, like it collapsed or something."

From Waukesha to Franklin, Caledonia to Wind Lake, Wisconsinites took to Facebook, asking if others heard a loud booming noise -- like an explosion...

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Meteor fireball captured over southeastern US

Observers map for event 8167-2020
© AMS (screen capture)
Observers map for event 8167-2020.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 37 reports (event 8167-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over GA, KY, MD, NC, NJ, OH, SC and VA on Tuesday, December 29th 2020 around 00:29 UT.

Two videos were uploaded to the AMS website.

Credit: Jason Sewell.


Cause of mysterious booms leaves Tucson, Arizona residents shaking for answers

Tuscon, Arizona
Whether it be from an earthquake, a UFO or something else entirely, Tucsonans are working on trying to figure out what shook the Old Pueblo Tuesday morning.

Loud booms followed by ground shakes were observed by various residents across Tucson at around 11 a.m. Tuesday. Reports of the booms came from various parts of the Old Pueblo, including Marana, the Catalina Foothills and the southwest side of town.

While many Tucsonans speculated that the cause may have been from an earthquake, News 4 Tucson Chief Meteorologist Matt Brode and experts with the University of Arizona said that there was not seismic activity observed near Tucson during that timeframe.

Comment: See also: Mysterious booms reported in the Tucson, Arizona area

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Did a huge fireball crash near a lake in Allegan County, Michigan?

Some Allegan County residents claim to have seen a huge fireball coming from the sky before crashing into Allegan Lake.
Holy crap did anybody see that huge flaming ball crash by lake allegan ~Robert James
Some residents in Allegan are left scratching their heads this morning wondering just what happened Sunday evening. An Allegan area resident posted to a social media group called Allegan County Informed on the evening of Sunday, December 27 stating he saw a large fireball come from the sky before crashing into Allegan Lake.

The alleged fireball and resulting crash into Lake Allegan was said to have happened around 6:50 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The resident that claimed to see it all said he saw a "Crazy purple greenish color it made a high pitched squeal going through the sky" before it crashed in or near Lake Allegan.


Meteor fireball lights up sky from New Jersey to North Carolina

A large meteor streaked across the sky along the East Coast Monday evening, prompting two dozen reports to the American Meteor Society with an hour.

The fireball was seen from New Jersey to North Carolina right around 7:30 p.m. People reported it as very bright, moving from left to right and seeming to dissolve or flame out at the end. Color reports varied from bright white to orange, red, yellow and ending in green.

One observer wrote it looked like a "trail of fire in the sky."