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Stunning meteor fireball over south of Spain

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This stunning fireball was recorded over Spain on the night of 5 August 2021 at 2:22 local time (0:22 universal time). It was associated to 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 over the Mediterranean Sea at a height of about 104 km and ended at an altitude of around 73 km above the province of Almería (Andalusia).

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 the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almería), La Hita (Toledo), La Sagra (Granada), Sierra Nevada (Granada), and Sevilla and Huelva. 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).


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Perseid meteor fireball over Toledo, Spain (Aug. 3)

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This impressive Perseid fireball was recorded at dusk over Spain on 2021 August 3, at 21:59h local time. It was produced by a fragment (a meteoroid) from Comet Swift-Tuttle that impacted the atmosphere at about 210.000 km/h. The fireball began at a height of about 130 km over the province of Cuenca (region of Castilla-La Mancha), crossed the provinces of Toledo and Ciudad Real (Castilla-La Mancha), and ended at an altitude of around 78 km above the ground level over the province of Jaén (Andalusia).

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 La Hita (Toledo), Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada), and Sevilla. 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).


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Meteor fireball recorded over Northeastern US

Observers map - AMS event 4176-2021
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
Observers map - AMS event 4176-2021
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 19 reports (event 4176-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, Québec, RI and VT on Tuesday, August 3rd 2021 around 03:23 UT.

A video was uploaded to the AMS website. Credit: Rick Needham.


Comment: A few days ago another meteor fireball streaked across the sky over New England.


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Meteor fireball explodes and lights up the night like daylight in Santiago, Chile

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Several users have reported the fall of a possible meteorite in the metropolitan region, being visible from various points of the capital, local media report.

A meteorite with a "flash of light" soars through the skies of Santiago as far away as in Tomé and the Biobío region , several Internet users report through social networks.

The cameras manage to capture the meteorite with a strong light illuminating the sky of various sectors of the capital of Chile.

We have compiled some videos of the meteorite fall in Santiago, Chile:


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Meteor fireball streaks across sky over New England

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A fireball shot across the night sky over New England on Friday.

It occurred around 11:15 p.m., according to the American Meteor Society (AMS).

The AMS received 85 reports about the bright meteor spotted over Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It was also seen in New Jersey and New York, as well as Canada.

The event dazzled people across the region, with Sarah C., from Cumberland, Maine, saying it left her speechless.

"Never seen anything like it," she reported to the AMS. "Reminded me of a shooting star but much faster and much brighter."



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Perseid meteor fireball recorded over Spain

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© YouTube/Meteors (screen capture)
This stunning Perseid fireball was recorded over Spain on 2021 July 31, at 23:18h local time. It was produced by a fragment (a meteoroid) from Comet Swift-Tuttle that impacted the atmosphere at about 210.000 km/h. The fireball began at a height of about 139 km and ended at an altitude of around 81 km above the ground level. 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 La Hita (Toledo), La Sagra (Granada), Sevilla, and Madrid (Dr. Jaime Izquierdo, Complutense University of Madrid). 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).


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Meteor fireball lights up sky over Izmir, Turkey

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According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude enter the Earth's atmosphere every day. Most of them are unnoticeable, however, as they appear in uninhabitable regions or during the day.

The sight of a meteor lighting up the sky is usually described with the word "mesmerizing" or "incredible". Yet, the celestial body that flew over the Turkish city of Izmir at around 2 a.m. local time did not evoke positive feelings. In fact, it prompted a doomsday scare among residents.


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Meteor fireball seen over Michigan, Ontario and Wisconsin

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We received 21 reports about a fireball seen over MI, Ontario and WI on Monday, July 26th 2021 around 05:26 UT.

For this event, we received 2 videos.



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Meteor fireball over the coast of Santa Catarina, Brazil

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The meteor occurred over the coast of Santa Catarina around 2:05 am this Wednesday (28/07). The journey lasted just under 3 seconds and the glare was quite intense. The record was made by the meteor monitoring station in Monte Castelo-SC. Other cameras from the BRAMON network also recorded the event. Did you see something like that?


(Translated by Google)

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Explosion in sky startles early risers in Malaysia (July 23)

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© Loh Chee Kean,
A photograph by Astronomical Society of Penang member Loh Chee Kean of the unidentified flying object, captured from his personal observatory camera, July 23, 2021
A bright spark and loud boom within Penang's airspace startled many early risers on a Wednesday morning, who were puzzled by an object apparently falling from the sky.

Those living in the southwest district of Sg Ara thought that it was a blast from the nearby quarry site, and others questioned if it was remnants of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' rocket launch to space.

It is possible that it is rubbish falling from the International Space Station, which is usually left to burn up in the earth's atmosphere.

Astronomy enthusiast Lim Choon Kiat, 49, was keeping watch at the time, taking pictures of the night sky, but missed the event by two minutes.