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Meteor fireball reported over Cape Town, South Africa

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A bright meteor exploded over Cape Town, South Africa around 18:05 UTC on January 16, 2019 (20:05 local time). Bright light produced by the object was followed by very loud sound and ground shaking.

The American Meteor Society has so far received 6 reports about this event. If you witnessed it, please fill out this form.

People from all over the Cape, from Hermanus to Franschhoek, Cape Town and all the way to the Swartland, have been talking about the 'massive flash of flight' that appeared suddenly in the twilight sky, The Citizen reports.

According to witnesses, this bright object was followed by a loud bang that shook the ground and rattled houses and windows.

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Giant fireball caught on home security cameras in Michigan

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© WOODTV/Dan Klosterman
Last week, reports from states all over the Midwest started pouring in about a brilliantly bright meteor that streaked across the sky in the middle of the night.

Dan Kloosterman's home security camera in Byron Center was facing in just the right direction to catch the glorious sight at 3:10 a.m. Friday. In Plainfield Township, Christine Ford's security camera got the image from another angle.

The video verifies several reports filed with the Amercian Meteor Society of a fireball meteor that night.
AMS report
© WoodTV/AMS
According to the society, a meteor is considered a "fireball" if it is exceptionally bright, or as bright as the planet Venus, in the night sky. The video submitted to 24 Hour News 8 is exceptionally bright.


Meteor fireball lights up night sky over Edmonton, Alberta

Fireball over Edmonton
© Fred Thornhill/Reuters
Some stargazers in the Edmonton area reported seeing a large fireball streak across the sky Thursday night.
A few Edmonton-area skywatchers reported seeing a huge fireball light up the sky above northern Alberta Thursday night.

Dozens of people took to social media to report that a meteor was spotted around 10:45 p.m. above the Edmonton skyline.

"I was looking out my balcony when I saw a bright ball of light flying through the air," wrote one witness on Reddit.

"It eventually disappeared/broke up mid flight!"

Six people from Edmonton to Crossfield, Alta., filed reports of fireball sightings to the American Meteor Society on Thursday evening.


Strange noise heard in the skies of Malacca, Malaysia

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On January 9, 2019, YouTube user 'suraya' posted video footage of strange noises he heard in the skies of Malacca, Malaysia:

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Strange sounds heard in Greenland's skies

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© Shihao Mei/Unsplash
YouTube user 'Finn Enoksen' uploaded video footage of strange sounds he heard in the skies of Greenland on January 4th:

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Dash cam captures meteor fireball flying over southern British Columbia

Fireball over southern BC
An Okanagan man had the video to prove that what he saw in the sky over Okanagan Lake on Monday was more than just a tall tale.

Jeremiah Hyslop was on his way home to West Kelowna just after midnight when he saw a flash of light streak across the sky.

"At the time I actually thought it was an airplane going down because it was that size and shape," Hyslop said.

When the streak of light quickly grew larger, he knew he was watching a meteor.

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Hundreds report seeing bright meteor fireball over East Coast, US

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Fireball seen from West New York, New Jersey, on Jan. 9, 2018. The bright meteor was seen from New York down to North Carolina.
If you saw a giant ball of burning light fall toward Earth this morning along the East Coast, you're not alone.

Multiple reports of a meteor have surfaced over the course of the day Wednesday, ranging north from New York through New Jersey, Pennsylvania and south to Virginia and North Carolina.

The best available video of the burning object was captured by a camera in West New York, New Jersey.

Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received over 450 reports about a fireball seen over CT, DE, MD, MS, NC, NJ, NY, PA, SC and VA on Wednesday, January 9th 2019 around 11:34 UT.


Strange lights in the sky spark interest in west Texas

Lights over west TX
© Jason Collins
Many of you have spotted mysterious lights in the sky tonight.

The National Weather Service tells us its due to light refraction after a temperature inversion this evening.

We'll break down what that means later on CBS7 News at 10:00. In the meantime, send us your video or pictures at news@cbs7.com or via Our CBS7 Facebook page.


Update : On the same day, YouTube user 'stoplisten' posted similar footage of weird lights she saw in the skies of Midland (west) Texas. Several YT commenters wrote they'd seen the same lights over the area:

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'Green flash' spotted in the skies above Nottinghamshire, UK

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A mystery 'green flash' was spotted over Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire on Tuesday afternoon.

Dozens of people took to social media to talk about the unidentified flying object in the sky between 4pm and 5pm.

"I've just seen a bright light streak across the sky going Northwards in Beeston," said one user on the Beeston Updated page. "It wasn't a firework or aircraft."

Debbie Pickard, of Ilkeston in Derbyshire, said she saw "three flashes of green light" as she looked out of her office window during the evening on January 8.

The 37-year-old principal added: "It was as if something shot through the houses. It did not look very high and it looked like it was travelling horizontally.

"I checked the range that drones could travel, as I heard a lot of talk about it in Beeston, which is a good few miles away, so it couldn't have been that.


Mystery 'sonic' booms are hitting Desert Hot Springs, Southern California, almost daily (Update)

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A big mystery is surrounding Desert Hot Springs tonight after a series of powerful explosions has rocked the city. They shake windows and some residents describe them as small earthquakes.

The blasts began a couple of months ago and as recently as Monday night, the big booms have been shaking the foothill community.

Comment: They've been regularly heard throughout Southern California, along with many other parts of the US, off and on for some years now.

In a city of 27,000 people, no one knows what they are or where they are coming from. But they sure do hear them and feel them.

"They're like a big explosion. Totally like boom!" said Desert Hot Springs resident Regina Robinson.

Almost every evening big blasts rock several areas of the city. The Desert Hot Springs Police has received call after call. Everyone saying the same thing.

Comment: That strongly suggests something non-local, either atmospheric or deep underground. We suspect that most of these booms, particularly in an earthquake-prone areas like SOCAL, are seismic in origin.


On December 24th, Brian Blueskye of the CV Independent reported that residents of Desert Hot Springs are still hearing these baffling booms:
It's been a while since I've personally heard one, but other residents are still reporting them, often leading to discussions among the Desert Hot Springs Neighborhood Group on Facebook. People are demanding answers from Desert Hot Springs Chief of Police Dale Mondary.

Unfortunately, Mondary doesn't have any.

"Most of (the booms) don't get called into the police department at all," Mondary said. "I just notice them on social media when I'm tagged in those posts."

Mondary said he has no idea what's causing them.

"We have not been able to pinpoint a specific area," he said. "Honestly, part of it relates to our geographical location: We're surrounded by a mountain range, and the sound reverberates. People will call and say, 'I heard it right here,' or they post on social media, 'I heard it right here.' Then across the town, someone will say, 'No, I heard it from right here.' So that's obviously part of our problem. When we go and check these areas out, we find absolutely nothing-no signs of any explosives going off."