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Experts: Loud bang over Weston, UK may have been comet or asteroid

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A small comet or asteroid could have been the cause of a sudden flash and loud bang over Weston-super-Mare in the early hours of Monday morning

People all over the town, and as far out as Kewstoke and Banwell, reported hearing the noise which made some windows shake at around 1.20am on Monday.

Many reported on social media that they had seen a flash of light before hearing the sudden bang.

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Meteor fireball lights up the skies over western Washington State

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Happen to catch that strange fireball ranging across the sky shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday night? You weren't the only one.

According to the American Meteor Society, there have been 751 reports of the event so far, primarily from Western Washington, but spreading as far south as Eugene, Oregon, as far north as Enderby, British Columbia and as far east as western Idaho. Newsflare.com posted video of the fireball, which occurred at at 9:54 p.m.

Just one person from Whatcom County reported seeing the event to the AMS - a source identified as "CoryA" from northeast of Bellingham near East Axton Road. According to the report, CoryA said, "I wish I hadn't blinked! Saw it, blinked, gone."

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Meteor fireball fragments over southern France

© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
AMS Observers map
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received over 175 reports about a meteor fireball seen over southern France (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Grand Est and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté) on Friday, August 4th 2017 around 21:11 UT.

The phenomenon was visible from Bordeaux to Marseille, reports South West. On Twitter, several Internet users have expressed their awe at observing the green fireball. An accompanying boom sound was also reported by some according to the AMS.

A webcam also captured the meteor fireball over the Massif Central.

Comment: This video has been uploaded on the American Meteor Society Website. AMS Event: 2563-2017, Report 117061. Location is Marssac-sur-Tarn.

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Orange meteor fireball shocks skywatchers in New South Wales

© David Sunter
A Tweed resident was dazzled as he captured on film the moment a meteorite flashed across the skies last week in Northern NSW.

David Sunter was working on a rooftop at Serene Retirement Living, Tweed Heads, on Wednesday when he saw a bright meteor burn through the sky just after sunrise, at about 6am.

Mr Sunter filmed the passage of the fiery tail as it cut through the empty sky beyond Point Danger, NSW.

"I looked out above the awning and I seen this strange light in the sky and I thought it was a flare," Mr Sunter said.

Comment: You can watch video of the event here.


Meteorite crashes into field in Rajasthan, India

It is the 14th meteorite incident reported in Rajasthan. The meteorite weighed around 2.23 kg had fallen on June 6 in a field near Bhankrota had created a 43 cm round and 15 cm deep pit.
© News Nation Bureau
Scientist confirms rock that fell in Rajasthan is meteorite. (Representative Photo)
The scientist has confirmed a rock like an object which had fallen in Mukundpura village was a meteorite. Meteorites are solid extra terrestrial material that survived passage through the Earth's atmosphere and landed on Earth.

It is the 14th meteorite incident reported in Rajasthan. The meteorite weighed around 2.23 kg had fallen on June 6 in a field near Bhankrota had created a 43 cm round and 15 cm deep pit.

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Meteor fireball explodes over Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

© YouTube/Frankie Lucena (screen capture)
The timestamp is from a GPS time inserter set to give the time in UTC. The object was traveling from the southeast to northwest over Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico on July 26, 2017 at 02:49:17 UTC or 10:17:43 AST (Local Time).


Meteor lights up night sky over Canadian province of British Columbia

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A bright object in the heavens above the North Okanagan got the attention of many people over night.

Social media has lit up with speculation as to what the object was.

Some jokingly speculated it was an alien invasion, but the most common theory - and the most likely - is it was a meteor.

"Just something very large fell towards Vernon...bright light maybe really large meteor? Started high in the east sky and rapidly lowered behind the hills in the west," Liana Battye told Castanet.

Posted one witness on Facebook, "It lasted maybe three-and-a-half seconds. It looked huge. Over by the Swan Lake area, we saw it from Middleton."

The light was so bright it was seen in Enderby and Kamloops.

Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 834 reports about a fireball seen over WA, OR, British Columbia, ID, Washington and Oregon on Sunday, July 30th 2017 around 04:53 UT.

The meteor was captured and posted on Twitter by Parker Sayers.


Dashcam captures meteor fireball flying over Ekaterinburg, Russia

© YouTube/Green House Apartment Ekaterinburg
A meteorite was falling on Ekaterinburg. And he did not reach the ground a little.

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And another: 'Amazing' meteor fireball recorded over Cordoba, Spain

© YouTube/Meteors
This amazing fireball was recorded on the night of 28 July 2017 at 3:29 local time ( 1:29 universal time). It was associated with the alpha-Capricornid meteor shower. The event was produced by a fragment from comet 169P / NEAT that impacted the atmosphere at about 90,000 km / h.

The fireball began at a height of about 104 km and ended at an altitude of around 75 km. It was recorded in the framework of the SMART Project from the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almeria, Spain), La Hita (Toledo, Spain), Seville and Huelva.

This spectacular fireball flew over southern Cordoba in the early hours of July 28, at 3:29 local time (1:29 universal time). It occurred as a result of the entry into the Earth's atmosphere of a fragment from comet 169P / NEAT at about 90 thousand kilometers per hour. The luminous phenomenon began at an altitude of about 104 km and advanced in a northeasterly direction, extinguishing to about 75 km of altitude when it was almost on the vertical of the locality of Baena.

Comment: This is the third fireball recorded over Spain in the past 11 days:

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Stunning meteor fireball seen over Madrid, Spain

© YouTube/Meteors
This stunning fireball overflew Toledo and Madrid on July 27 at 00:35 local time (22:35 Universal Time on July 26). The event was produced by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at around 54.000 km/h.

The fireball began at a height of about 80 km and ended at an altitude of 45 km. It was recorded in the framework of the SMART Project from the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almería, Spain) and La Hita (Toledo, Spain).