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Meteor streaks across Guam night skies

© YouTube Screen Capture
If you were looking at Tuesday's night sky and saw a flashing light, you caught a glimpse of a meteor. This is viewer submitted video taken from Hagatna. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Landon Aydlett, it's a rare sighting.

Meteors are chunks of rock floating through space. As they come through the atmosphere, they become incandescent and appear as a streak of light.

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'Meteorite' crashes through roof in Thailand

© Chinnawat Singha
A suspected meteorite is pictured after it went through the roof of a house in the central province of Phitsanulok on Tuesday morning.
Phitsanulok - A mysterious rock, believed to be a meteorite, crashed through the roof of a house in Phitsanulok's Muang district on Tuesday.

The suspected meteorite fell through the roof of a home in Plai Chumphon sub-district at 7.26am, hit a wall and then bounced to the floor, breaking into five pieces.

"I was having breakfast when there was a loud bang, like a gunshot sound. I looked around and found a rock about the size of an egg and some fragments nearby. I picked up the largest chunk and let go quickly as it was very hot," 65-year-old home-owner Bualom Chalomprai said.

Mrs Bualom believes the rock is from outer space and will bring her good luck.

Mrs Bualom's husband, Kittisak, 75, said he heard a sound of explosion in the sky at about 7am before the 300g rock fell through his roof.

Media reports said residents in adjacent districts of Nakhon Thai and Chat Trakan also heard the "explosion".

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Fireball lights up Nova Scotia skies

© Fred Thornhill/Reuters
A bright light over Nova Scotia Thursday night was likely a meteor.
A meteor was likely behind numerous reports of a bright light in the skies over Nova Scotia Thursday night.

Numerous people reported on social media seeing it just before 10 p.m.

It was probably a very bright meteor hundreds of kilometres away, said Dave Lane, director of the Saint Mary's University observatory.

"I've only seen one of these things in my lifetime that was bright enough to be spectacular," Lane said, adding he didn't witness the meteor last night.

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Bright meteor fireball observed over southern Spain

© SMART Project (screen capture)
Fireball recorded over Spain just one minute after the start of summer (June 20, at 22:35 UT).

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Multiple sightings of a meteor fireball over Japan

© RocketNews24
Recordings of multiple sightings of the bright light also show the visible plume it left as it streaked down from the sky.

Social media lit up in Japan on the night of June 18, with Japanese users posting images of a fireball seen hurtling towards earth, visible for several seconds as it streaked through a vast stretch of night sky. Eyewitness reports came in from the Kanto and Tohoku regions of Japan between 10:50 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., with many posting pictures of the trail of cloud it left behind.

The plume, brightened by the light of the moon, showed the path that the apparent meteor took as it made its way through the atmosphere.


Meteor fireball filmed over the state of São Paulo, Brazil

This earthgrazer meteor was filmed by cameras of the Brazilian Meteor Observation Network (Bramon) over the state of São Paulo, Brazil on June 14, 2016.

They managed to catch the beginning (VLW station), middle (CSP station) and the end of the flight (HAL station) and thus to calculate the trajectory of the space rock.

Comment: See also this report of another fireball two days earlier from the same region: Bright meteor fireball streaks over Sao Paulo, Brazil


Meteor fireball spotted in skies over Massena, New York

© 7 News WWNY
A 7 News viewer caught what might have been a meteor falling from the sky over Massena.

The pictures were taken by Sara Lytle after 4 p.m. near the St. Lawrence Centre Mall.

Her fiance, Justin Smith, says she spotted the fast-moving object by BJ's Wholesale Club and followed it all the way to Alcoa Park.

Comment: Just two days before, a fiery meteor fireball blazed across SE Canada and NE United States


Fire from the sky? Raging wildfires spark evacuations in Sicily, police suspect arson

© NAS Sigonella / Facebook
Police say they believe arsonists are behind a wave of raging wildfires which have engulfed several parts of northern Sicily resulting in evacuations, hospitalizations and substantial fire damage.

Firefighters have been battling more than 500 wildfires which broke out Wednesday and Thursday, spreading quickly due to strong winds and affecting the regions of Palermo, Agrigento, Trapani and Messina.

A number of homes were evacuated in Palermo and more than 15,000 were left without electricity, according to ANSA. Motorways and highways have also been closed as a result of the blazes.

Comment: Or could a meteor/fireball breaking up have started the fire?

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Fiery meteor fireball blazed across SE Canada and NE United States

© Neil Zeller Photography
Meteors like this one, captured last year by photographer Neil Zeller, can be seen about every 15 minutes on any given night.
I was outside, enjoying a nice dinner and drink on a Montreal rooftop Tuesday evening when I saw it - a large fiery ball that blazed across the night sky. Then, as fast as it had appeared it was gone.

The entire incident, which occurred at around 9:30 p.m. ET, lasted all of five seconds, but the fear and paranoia set in for the rest of the night.

The end is near.

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I took to the web to understand what had just happened. I was not prepared to rule out the possibility of alien invasion quite yet and neither were some in the Twitterverse.

Several people turned to Twitter to ask what the ball was.

Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) received over 150 reports (event 2083-2016) about a fireball seen over SE Canada and NE United States on Wednesday, June 15th 2016 around 01:29 UT.

© American Meteor Society (screen capture)

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Bright meteor fireball seen in Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania

This was likely seen in several other nearby states. updates.

Please help get the word about this event so that we might recover security camera video or cell phone captures.

If you have a video or still image please send to me @ [email protected] ; Thank you!

Sighting Reports

10JUN2016 Brian Leland, NC 22:02, EDT,pm 2-3 seconds North east not sure of direction I was facing blue, green Venus no, left trail behind it the color caught my attn and the angle which it fell from the sky

10JUN2016 Steve Williams wrote-"Myself and several friends were attending an outdoor party when we all noticed a bright fireball speeding through that sky. It appeared to be a meteor or fireball. I've never seen anything like it before. It was flying over Glen Allen, VA 23059 at approximately 9:30 pm EST."

10JUN2016 Michael Pearson Charlotte CH, VA 2200 EDT 8 sec Looking east, falling diagonal right to left. Bright blue flashes Bright enough to light up the sky. Very bright Unknown Very amazing. Most spectacular meteorite I've ever seen. Awesome enough for me to look up meteorite sightings.

Comment: To learn more about our increasing fireball activity, including its cause, effects, and role in human history, read Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.

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