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Two bright meteor fireballs streak over Argentina and Brazil, sonic boom reported

Flash from meteor fireball over Argentina

A flash in the sky was reported over Misiones, Argentina.
A bright meteor fireball streaked through the night sky over Argentina on October 15, 2018, illuminating both sky and ground.

Sergio Toscano, former director of the Adolfo Kolping Observatory of Posadas, claims the flash that lit the southern sky of Misiones and the north of Corrientes was produced by a meteor, reports Clarin.

Toscano said: "I am inclined to think that it was a meteor that when in contact with the Earth's atmosphere became incandescent to the point of exploding and fragmenting."

Social networks were populated with comments about a fleeting light that lit up the sky for a few seconds. In the area of ​​Concepción de la Sierra, in Misiones, there was an explosion in the sky and a 'slight earthquake' that was felt in the homes.

Gobernador Virasoro, a firefighter who witnessed the incident said, "it was practically daytime," according to Teletrece.

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Japan: 4.5 billion y.o. meteorite slams into home

space rock

The space rock, which landed on a private home in Komaki, 250 km southwest of Tokyo, split into several pieces before reaching its final destination.

An analysis completed by Japan's State Museum of Science confirmed that the rock, which crashed into our planet on September 26 at about 10:30 pm was indeed a meteorite, Japanese public broadcaster NHK has reported.

The rock, which caused damage to the house's roof and caused a loud noise upon impact, split into at least three pieces after entering Earth's atmosphere. The meteorite bits found in the home's garden, measured 10, 5 and 4 centimeters in diameter, respectively.

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Meteor fireball flashes across Eugene, Oregon sky

Fireball - stock image

Fireball - stock image
Eagle-eyed Eugene residents out and about around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening were treated to a spectacular display as a fireball flashed across the sky.

The American Meteor Society website received about 20 reports of a fireball that was extremely bright and broke up as it headed west. Many people reported that the fireball was green in color and lasted about two to three seconds.

Bob Grossfeld, observatory manager at the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver Nature Center, said he didn't see the fireball — most of central Oregon was socked in by cloud cover at the time. The object could have been a meteor from the tail end of a recent meteor shower or it might have been a bit of space junk returning to Earth, he said.

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Green meteor fireball streaks over Florida

Florida meteor fireball
© A. Superczynski
AMS Event #4011-2018 recorded on dashcam from Daytona Beach, Florida.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received over 70 reports of a meteor fireball event seen above Florida on October 6th, 2018 around 10:20pm EDT (October 7th 02:20 Universal Time). It was seen primarily from Florida but was also observed from South Carolina and Georgia.

Dashcam footage of the event was uploaded to YouTube.


'Most valuable specimen I have ever held': Rock used for doorstop confirmed as $100k meteorite

© Central Michigan University
The meteorite is made up of mostly iron and nickel and is estimated to be worth over $100,000.
A US farmer and his son saw a shooting star come crashing onto their property one night in the 1930s. For decades, they and the subsequent landowner used the remnants as a doorstop. Now it has been valued at over $100,000.

"I could tell right away that this was something special," Mona Sirbescu, a geologist at Central Michigan University said. "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically."

Throughout her tenure, Sirbescu has frequently been asked to examine specimens of alleged space rocks, to see if they were worth any money.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically 'no' - meteor wrongs, not meteorites," she said. All that changed when an unnamed man from Grand Rapids, Michigan asked her to examine a rock he had in his possession since he bought a farm in 1988.

Comment: See also: Arizona man finds meteorite in front yard after monsoon storm

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Meteor fireball blazes across the sky of the St John's area in Newfoundland

Fireball over Newfoundland
© Vince Gibbons/Twitter
Drivers on the Northeast Avalon caught sight of a shooting star Sunday night - and so did their dashcams.

Vince Gibbons captured the meteor streaking across the sky while driving on Columbus Drive in St. John's, just past Blackmarsh Road.

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Meteor fireball seen over Washington D.C.

Fireball - stock image

Fireball - stock image
A meteor streaked across the skies of the Washington region on Monday night, witnessed by a relative few, but described as impressive by those fortunate enough to see it.

As of late Tuesday, the American Meteor Society said it had received 15 reports "about a fireball" seen over Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania about 11:30 p.m. on Monday.

Slashing silently across the skies, most frequently seen at night, meteors seem to disrupt the normal overhead order of things, and in their speed and brilliance, often arouse sensations of awe and a sense of the mysterious.

A report from Oakland, Md, called it "bright white like staring at the sun." It then seemed to turn orange, the report said.

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Video shows meteor fireball blazing over Reunion and Mauritius islands - third most energetic meteoric event of the year

meteor fireball near Reunion Island
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Image of the September 25, 2018, 14h 10m UT fireball extracted from a Youtube video of the event.
A very bright meteor fireball was observed and filmed over Reunion island on September 25, 14h 10min UT reports the International Meteor Organization (IMO). It was recorded by NASA/CNEOS government sensors, and was the third most energetic meteoric event of 2018.

According to the NASA (National American Space Agency) CNEOS (Center for Near Earth Objects Studies) department, the meteor was detected by government sensors, and the calculated impact energy was close to 1.9 kT, which is the third most energetic meteor event since the beginning of the year. It occurred South of the two islands, over the Indian Ocean, leaving no chances of finding associated meteorites. Previous energetic events were recorded over Russia on June 21, and Greenland on July 25.

Just over a year ago a very bright meteor fireball exploded over Mauritius and Reunion Islands in the Indian Ocean on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

A video of the latest event was recorded from Reunion showing a very bright meteor fireball lighting up the sky.


Reports of meteor fireballs streaking across the skies in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada.

Fireball over MI and other states
© ABC57
Early in the morning on Monday, September 24th there were reports of fireballs streaking across the sky in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada. That includes Michiana reports from Goshen and Syracuse.

These fireballs happen every day in large numbers. They are not always documented, though, because a majority of them occur over bodies of water and rural land. They are sometimes a part of meteor showers, which occur throughout the year. If watching a meteor shower is something you want to do, there are six more set to occur in 2018:

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Meteor fireball streaks over Alabama

Alabama meteor
A picture from a NASA monitoring camera of the meteor, lower right, seen in five Southern states Saturday night, Sept. 22, 2018.
The fireball seen in five Southern states Saturday night was only about 5 inches wide and weighed 4 pounds, NASA says. The meteor's speed through the atmosphere of 56,000 miles per hour didn't leave enough left to create any meteorites.

NASA cameras in northeast Georgia and North Carolina caught the meteor at 10:11 p.m. CDT, but their distance and positions made it impossible to compute its path. However, NASA meteoroid expert Dr. Bill Cooke said an analysis of eyewitness accounts puts the meteor's origin about 56 miles above Oak Bowery, Ala., just north of Auburn. It traveled 38 miles through the atmosphere before burning up 26 miles above the town of Cragford.

Eyewitnesses in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee reported seeing the fireball.

Comment: Last month a very bright meteor fireball with sonic boom lit up the Alabama sky.