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Meteor fireball streaks across San Antonio, Texas sky

Fireball over San Antonio, TX
© KENS5/K. Palivec
Eyewitness video captured a meteor streaking across the San Antonio sky over the weekend.

The American Meteor Society confirmed the meteor sighting, which took place Saturday around 10 p.m.

The meteor was seen here in Texas as well as several other states, including New Mexico and Louisiana.

The majority of sightings were reported from the Central Texas area, according to AMS.

Meteors like the one spotted Saturday are often referred to as fireballs, AMS said. They are common events but can often be hard to see in city lights.

The video, shown below, was captured by K. Palivec Saturday night.


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Meteor fireball lights up sky over Rīga, Latvia

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On the evening of September 9, a fireball was seen in the sky over Rīga. The object was identified as a bolide - an extremely bright meteor - by the StarSpace observatorija astronomy page.

It was caught on one of the LTV webcams in the Latvian Television building.

StarSpace observatorija noticed a fireball burning in the Rīga sky, seen for about 5 to 6 seconds and burning out mutely with a blue-green flame and a long tail.


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Mysterious sonic boom-like noise baffles residents in Glasgow, Scotland

Loud boom in Glasgow, Scotland
© Rob McDowall
A sonic boom-like noise is baffling people in Glasgow after it was heard over the Southside.
A mysterious "sonic boom" has been baffling people after it was heard over Glasgow this afternoon.

The loud boom was captured on video my a concerned resident around 3:17pm, but the source remains unexplained.

Rob McDowall, a resident in Maxwell Park, in the Southside of the city tweeted around 4pm asking: "did anyone else hear a massive boom in Glasgow? Sounded like a sonic boom."

He went on to share CCTV footage of the mystery bang, prompting one woman to say she thought it was a gas explosion in nearby Rutherglen.

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'It got bigger and bigger and bigger and popped': Meteor fireball sighted off Kāpiti Coast, New Zealand

Fireball over NZ
© stuff.co.nz (file photo)

At first Gary Wheaton thought he was looking at a flare, until he saw a plane flying beneath it.

Now the Paekakariki man believes what he saw off the Kāpiti Coast about 1.20pm on Monday was likely a meteor that was also spotted over Nelson.

"It was like a streak of light screaming across the sky," Wheaton said. "It got bigger and bigger and bigger and popped."

Wheaton called his daughter out who got there to see the "huge smoke trail" it left across the sky.

"It just happened so quick," he said.

He initially thought it was a flare from a boat but realised - due to seeing a plane in the sky beneath it - it was far too high.

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Bright slow-moving meteor fireball recorded over the English Channel

English Channel meteor trail
© FIONA HAYES
The trail, seen here over Torquay, was thought initially to have been caused by an aircraft
A bright, slow-moving meteor fireball was recorded over the English Channel on September 8, 2019. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 179 reports from people living across England and northern France.


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Mystery boom resounds throughout northern New York; shakes buildings

Sarnac Lake, NY
© Mwanner/Wikimedia Commons
Some people heard it as a boom, some as a bang, some as a series of explosions. Imagine the noise of a dump truck being dropped from 100 feet in the air onto pavement. It shook buildings.

Many people said it sounded like it was coming from inside their building on on their block. But it wasn't just local; people heard it around the same time across a huge swath of northern New York. In response to an Enterprise Facebook post, people wrote that they had heard it as far west as Cranberry Lake, as far north as Malone, as far east as AuSable Forks and as far south as Eagle Bay, plus throughout the Tri-Lakes villages.

That boom was heard in Saranac Lake 10:13 a.m. Some people also reported hearing a later one, perhaps around 1 p.m.

The cause of the noise remained a mystery as of Friday afternoon.

There was no record of any earthquake within 2,000 miles of the Adirondacks, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's online global tracker.

Comment: See also:


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NASA turned blind eye to car-sized asteroid that exploded over Caribbean

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© NASA . JPL-Caltech
The agency said that it has detected and flagged bigger asteroids than the one in question. It has also confirmed that it was sure the space rock would do no harm as it wouldn't survive entry into the atmosphere.

NASA has detected but not taken measures against an asteroid that entered the Earth's atmosphere and exploded over the Caribbean.

The space agency admitted in a statement that the rock, measuring about 5 meters in size and designated 2019 MO, was first spotted when it was about 500,000 kilometres from Earth, just before it hit the atmosphere.

"This was roughly the equivalent of spotting something the size of a gnat from a distance of 310 miles (500 kilometres)," NASA said.

Comment: See also: Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets: Damages, Disasters, Injuries, Deaths, and Very Close Calls


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Bright flash of light, loud boom filmed in Acworth, Georgia

Flash and boom in Acworth, GA
© YouTube/AMS/M. Nixon
On August 30, 2019, a bright flash of light and loud boom from an exploding meteor was recorded on a home surveillance camera in Acworth, Georgia. The footage was uploaded to the American Meteor Society by M. Nixon.


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Meteor fireball caught on home surveillance camera over Nutley, New Jersey

Fireball over Nutley, NJ
© YouTube/AMS Meteors/S. Petronio
On September 3, 2019, S. Petronio uploaded footage to the American Meteor Society's website of a fireball as it flew over Nutley, New Jersey:


Comment: A loud boom attributed to an exploding meteor was heard just the day before in the New York area.

American Meteor Society: Loud boom heard in central New York caused by meteor


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American Meteor Society: Loud boom heard in central New York caused by meteor

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People living in Oswego, Madison and Onondaga counties reported hearing a loud 'boom' just after 5 p.m. on Monday that, in some cases, shook their homes.

Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society says a fireball, which was larger and brighter than typical meteors, entered the Earth's atmosphere over Lake Ontario. It also caused a loud sound.

"Fireballs that are larger than normal and manage to penetrate down to the lower atmosphere will produce a sonic boom. The folks that did report some sound, they happen to be pretty close to the track of this object," Lunsford said.