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'Long slow' meteor fireball seen over Hawley, Texas

© Kevin Palivec
Most of the time Meteors are quick zippy things! This morning over north central Texas we had a long slow lazy meteor. I caught this lazy fireball as it took over 4 seconds to blaze its way across the morning skies!

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Meteor rattles windows and scares residents in Campinas, Brazil

Photo of the Observatory of Campinas shows meteor trajectory in the sky
Noise and tremor scare residents of Hortolândia and Sumaré on Thursday night

The Municipal Observatory of Campinas (SP) caught the passage of a meteor in the region on Thursday night (July 13th). The cameras captured the moment when a luminous ball appears in the sky. See the meteor's trajectory in the video above. Residents reported feeling the shaking walls and windows and a loud noise.

Astronomer Júlio Lobo explains that "When a meteor falls and explodes, it causes a sonic boom, which usually shakes the walls and windows. [...] When this happens, it produces a meteorite, which is the 'pebble' that will stay on the ground. So if anyone happened to see a falling meteor, communicate us because this is of great scientific importance".

According to the astronomer, the Campinas observatory currently has six cameras, and this is the largest number of cameras in a Brazilian observatory. Many other meteors were recorded on Thursday night.

"We recorded 88 meteors on the same night. There is a network that studies this officially," said the astronomer.

Comment: It is well worth remembering what can come out of the sky, without any warning at all, like the Chelyabinsk meteor fireball.

Even NASA's own space data supports citizens' recent observations, namely the inconvenient fact that meteor fireballs are increasing dramatically.


Loud boom over North Carolina caused by meteor fireball

© American Meteor Society
The American Meteor Society received about 50 reports about a fireball seen over the Southeast late Thursday night. This map shows places that reported seeing the fireball.
The American Meteor Society received about 50 reports about a fireball seen over the Southeast late Thursday night.

AMS said the fireball was seen shortly after 10 p.m. in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky and Tennessee.

Because there was nothing other than the fireball reported in the area at the time of the boom, speculation is that the boom was likely a meteor breaking up in the atmosphere.

Click here to see the AMS report.

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Meteor fireball explodes over South Australia (VIDEOS)

© facebook/Matthew Graziano (screen capture)
Six days after a suspected meteor shook Streaky Bay and very briefly lit up parts of South Australia's night sky, the event remains the talk of the town.

CCTV images of the spectacle show a bright light in the sky, lasting a couple of seconds, just before midnight on Friday, with locals reporting a thunder-like rumble a few minutes later.

Those lucky enough to have witnessed the event have described an "orange fireball" which could be seen from across the West Coast and Eyre Peninsula and as far afield as Elliston, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Riverton and even Mount Barker, near Adelaide.

Comment: See also: Possible fast moving meteor fireball sighted over South Australia


Glowing meteor fireball flies over the Mediterranean Sea

© YouTube/Meteors
This amazing fireball overflew the Mediterranean Sea on 4 July 2017 at 0:09 UT ( 2:09 local time). The event was produced by a sporadic meteoroid. The bolide began at an altitude of about 90 km above the sea level and ended at a height of around 50 km above the sea. The fireball was recorded in the framework of the SMART Project from the astronomical observatories of La Hita (Toledo, Spain), Calar Alto (Almería, Spain) and Sevilla (Spain).

This impressive fireball flew over the Mediterranean on July 4 at 2:09 am local time ( 0:09 UT). The event occurred by the entry into the terrestrial atmosphere of a sporadic meteoroid. The luminous phenomenon began at a height of about 90 km above sea level, and ended at an altitude of about 50 km.

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Possible fast moving meteor fireball sighted over South Australia

© Herald Sun, Australia
Meteor Shower Adorns Southern Lights Over Tasmania.
A bright "fast-moving" light with a green trail across the sky Friday night has captured the imaginations of at least a few locals who are this morning trying to get to the bottom of what it is they saw - or think they saw.

Advertiser.com.au has received and read a smattering of reports about the strange light, which one expert says could have been a meteor or space junk re-entering the earth's atmosphere.

A Reddit user reported seeing "what I can only guess was a meteor" pass over Henley Beach.

"Saw it from the city, fast moving bright light, green trail, bright flash."

Another Reddit user responded that the same phenomenon was witnessed by "a lot of people" on the Eyre Peninsula.

Salisbury East man Bradley Cousins said he was driving home from work in Tanunda around midnight when he looked up at the moon because it "looked strange".

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Meteor reported over Hunter Valley, New South Wales

There were reports overnight of a meteor spotted in the skies over the Hunter Valley about 9pm. Geoscience Australia also received reports of tremors at the time the meteor was spotted.

Residents recounted hearing something like a firecracker going off, or constant thunder. Similar descriptions were given by people from Cessnock all the way to Swansea.

Comment: The previous day in Perth, Western Australia, stargazers were left baffled after a 'red fireball' was spotted.

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Meteor streaks over Columbia County, Georgia

© YouTube/David Hough (screen capture)
Meteor streaks over Columbia County, Georgia on 26 June 2017.

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'Spectacular' fireball spotted in Whanganui, New Zealand

This fireball was photographed over the sky of Portland, in the United States, in May 2016.
Watchers of the Whanganui sky saw a "quite spectacular" fireball split into pieces overhead on Sunday night.

One who saw it was Mark Lee, the secretary of the Wanganui Astronomical Society. He had stepped out to clear his letterbox just before 8pm when he saw the fireball, between clouds.

"It was quite spectacular," he said.

The object was heading across the sky in a north-south direction, so Mr Lee thinks it was probably a piece of space junk falling into the earth's atmosphere, rather than a meteorite.

Comment: Residents in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia also reported seeing this event.

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Meteor fireball caught on CCTV over Singapore

Antihelion fireball meteor capture with cctv over southern hemisphere night sky date:27.06.2017 at 02.24 am local time Singapore..approx peak date Jun 2 2017 ending Sep 10 2017.

Average velocity 30km/s

Approx magnitude 3.0.Zenith hourly rate 4/hr.