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Anomalous: Three Quadrantid meteor fireballs in southern skies?

© Frankie Lucena
Reference photo clearly showing the Southern Cross and Alpha Centauri.
The Quadrantid meteor shower is 2017's first major meteor shower and it peaks tonight. The display is virtually non-existent for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.

But Franky Lucena shot three rare Quadrantid meteors. He writes:

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Meteor fireball or falling plane? Social media in Japan puzzled by mysterious fireball in the sky

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People on Japanese social media have been left puzzled by a mysterious fireball in the sky. Some think it was a meteorite or a comet, while others suggest it could have been a falling plane.

The object was reportedly seen near the city of Hakodate on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, at 4:30pm local time (07:30 GMT), people on Twitter wrote.

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Meteor? Residents in Northern Alberta, Canada report 'strange noise', 'large blue flash' and 'explosion' in night sky

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Did a meteor come crashing through the earth's atmosphere over northern Alberta overnight?

Peace River residents took to social media Friday to report what they had seen in the night sky shortly after midnight.

Erika Florence posted on Facebook that she was on her way home from Grande Prairie when she saw what looked like a shooting star.

"But then it got bigger and it exploded mid air and lit up the sky," she wrote.

"It was something I've never seen before."

Jackie Lee, who started the post on Peace River's General Forum page, told Postmedia that she was outside in her backyard in Peace River with her dog when she heard a "noise like I have never heard before in the air."

"It sounded close by, like maybe somewhere else in town," she wrote in a message.

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Meteor fireball streaks across Turrialba volcanic eruption in Costa Rica

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Witnessing a volcanic eruption is a spectacular sight on its own, but one such event in Costa Rica was made even more stunning earlier this week. A meteor danced across the night sky at precisely the same time.

The shooting star traveled across the top of the Turrialba Volcano at 10:22pm local time on Tuesday night, just as the volcano was erupting, according to the Costa Rica Star.

The fireball made its appearance while gliding across the sky at an estimated height of 5,000km (3,106 miles), according to Repretel TV station.


Meteor fireball disintegrates over Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua

Immagine della meteora mentre si disintegra, vista martedì sera in vari paesi del l'America Centrale.
Reports on Elnuevodiario (translated by google) confirm sightings of a meteor fireball disintegrating on December 27th over Guatemala, El Salvador and parts of Nicaragua. In some areas of Guatemala people indicated that they saw up to seven flashes in the sky.

Videos of the event, which caused astonishment among the people, were widely shared on social media.

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Green meteor fireball streaks across West Michigan sky

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It's is not something you expect to see on your drive home from work.

As Andrew Gunneson drove south on U.S. 131 from M-57, his dash cam caught a quick flash in the night sky. It was a meteor falling on the horizon.

What fell is technically a fireball, based on how bright it is, but it's not clear where exactly it fell or if it even reached the ground.

Fireballs form anytime space debris collides with the atmosphere. They often burn up after a few seconds, so it's not easy to track the type of debris that fell.

Gunneson described the bright light as green in person. According to the American Meteor Society, green means the material flying through the air is made up of nickel.

Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) received over 110 reports about a fireball seen over IL, MI, IN, Ontario and KY on Monday, December 26th 2016 around 22:52 UT.

© AMS/Google (screen capture)

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Three meteor fireballs recorded over France in three days

© YouTube/OGVT - Observatoire géophysique, Val Terbi (screen capture)
On 17th December 2016 a sporadic meteor was recorded over France by the private geophysical observatory at Montsevelier, Val Terbi in Switzerland.

Sporadic meteors are usually considered as random occurrences not associated with any particular meteor shower, such as the Geminids which have been observed this month.

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Large meteor fireball illuminates the sky over Colombia

This bright green fireball exploded several times in the sky of Colombia and Venezuela on December 16, 2016.
A large exploding fireball illuminated the night sky of Colombia on December 16, 2016.

The Geminid bolide struck the skies over the municipalities of Bucaramanga, Girón and Zapatoca of the department of Santander and the municipality of Yopal of the department of Casanare. A similar sighting was reported from the Venezuelan state of Apure.

Numerous users of social networks have reported how a ball of fire ran through the skies of Colombia on Friday night.

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Fireball spotted over Swiss skies

A meteor was filmed above Montsevelier from Val Terbi in Switzerland. Specialists can take a look at the spectrum of the meteor that was captured by the dedicated camera. A spectrum can be used to determine the composition of a material.

The meteor above Montsevelier.


Fireball spotted over Belgium

Photo taken at 08:42 am in Aarschot by Lionel D.
Several messages have been received from Brussels, Namur and Charleroi. All reports of a similar observation: "There was a fireball in the sky this morning".

"Frankly, it was immense" comments Ferhat, a resident of Goutroux, after joining us via our orange button Alert us. Around 6:10 am on Wednesday, the young man leaves his house and heads for his car. At that moment, a luminous phenomenon would have attracted his attention in the sky: "It lasted for a second, it explains, justifying the fact that it does not have photos of the phenomenon, but the light was very dense It was like a ball of fire going down with a long white trail in the back, there was blue at the level of the ball. "