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Meteor fireball streaks through the night sky above Sydney, Australia

The meteor (pictured) was seen in different parts of New South Wales at around 6.30pm last night, leaving locals mystified

The meteor (pictured) was seen in different parts of New South Wales at around 6.30pm last night, leaving locals mystified
Sydney locals were left mystified after witnessing a meteor dash through the sky last night.

The meteor was seen across the city at around 6.30pm, with some lucky witnesses managing to capture incredible footage of the rare phenomenon.

Footage circulating on social media showed the fireball slowly growing larger and more visible as it streaked through the night sky.

The moment only lasted for a few seconds before the flash of light was gone.

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February 2018 fireball activity higher than previous 5 years of same period combined over Benelux countries

A meteor fireball over Salvador, Bahia, Brazil on Tuesday 20th February 2018.
© A Tarde On Line
A meteor fireball over Salvador, Bahia, Brazil on Tuesday 20th February 2018.
A summary of the activity of the CAMS BeNeLux network during the month February 2018 is presented. This month offered many clear nights, 11 nights with more than 200 orbits, 3 nights had over 300 orbits. In total 23439 meteors were recorded, 12931 of which proved multiple station, or 55%. In total 4147 orbits were collected during this month, more than during all previous months of February together.

1 Introduction

After two disappointing months, December 2017 and January 2018 with the most unfavorable weather possible for meteor video work, the poor weather continued the first few nights of February 2018 until a major improvement changed the situation from 5-6 February onwards. The month of February is a winter month with long nights in the BeNeLux while meteor activity is still fairly high. The weather used to be favorable during the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 when the network counted much less cameras than today. February 2017 was characterized by very bad weather circumstances with as many as 12 nights without any single orbit. What did February 2018 bring?

Comment: There are other signs that confirm meteor activity is on the increase, and those are the effects produced by 'meteor smoke' left in the atmosphere: SOTT Exclusive: NASA blowing meteor smoke as noctilucent clouds intensify

See also: And check out SOTT's: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - May 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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Spectacular meteor fireball caught on camera as it blazes across Siberia

Screenshot from Youtube video
© Ruslan Sol / YouTube
Screenshot from Youtube video
A dazzling fireball has streaked over several towns in Western Siberia. Stunned locals managed to film the object as it sped by glowing yellow and green.

The event was recorded in the towns of Yugansk and Surgut on Saturday night. People gazing at the fireball and watching the videos have been guessing if that was a meteor or maybe a UFO.

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Fireball above US base in Greenland puzzles NASA scientist - jokes about 'Russian strike'

Geminid meteor fireball over Mojave Desert
© Wally Pacholka
Geminid meteor fireball over Mojave Desert
A mysterious fireball exploding with the power of a small nuclear bomb which was detected not far from the US air base in Greenland has alerted a NASA space explorer. Another called for calm, saying it's not a Russian strike.

The curious tweet was released by Ron Baalke, a space explorer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in late July. "A fireball was detected over Greenland on July 25, 2018 by US government sensors at an altitude of 43.3 km," he wrote. The energy from the blast was estimated to be 2.1 kilotons.

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'Big green' meteor fireball lights up Queensland sky

Fireball over Queensland
© contributed
A big green fireball that fell through the Queensland sky last night has been spotted from as far as Cairns, to Mackay and Rockhampton.

Community social media pages lit up with posts about the meteor about 7pm.

Jason Jaques, of Mareeba in Cairns, was on his way to pick up a pizza when a flash of light caught his eye.

"It was a green fireball, it was very bright and it caught the corner of my eye," he said.

Mr Jaques' dashcam footage of him driving out of his coffee plantation is the only video footage of the meteor that has emerged so far.

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Meteor fireball streaks over Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne meteor fireball
© 3AW Breakfast
Melbourne motorists have been treated to an astronomic show this morning.

Starstruck 3AW Breakfast listeners clogged up the phone lines to tell Ross and John about the blue-green sight that happened shortly after 6am.

Many thought they'd seen a shooting star or space junk, but astronomer Brad Tucker, from the Australian National University, told 3AW Breakfast it was likely a meteor about 25-30cm wide.


Loud boom heard, felt by some in Charleston, South Carolina

Mystery boom
© Fox24
Dozens of calls and social media posts are coming from people who say they felt an earthquake or a sonic boom in the Lowcountry sometime around 12:15 p.m. Monday.

Residents in Folly Beach, on James Island and in West Ashley all say they either heard or felt it.

"Shook the entire house," one Facebook user said.

"I'm on James Island and all of our houses shook," said another. "I was on the phone with a Folly Beach client and her place shook and now someone in West Ashley is saying the same."

Comment: A Facebook member reports the sound was heard in Augusta, Georgia, over 150 miles away.
I just got a text from a friend who heard it Augusta. That's a hell of a sonic boom

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Stunning meteor fireball flies over the Mediterranean Sea (again)

Fireball over the Mediterranean Sea
© YouTube/Meteors
On July 25, 2017, YouTube user 'Meteors' uploaded footage of a meteor flying over the Mediterranean Sea on July 23rd.

It's the second fireball captured over the Mediterranean by the SMART Project in less than a week. The third since the beginning of July.

Comment: See also:

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Meteor fireball caught on dashcam near Anchorage, Alaska

A meteor made a fly-by over Alaska at 12:43 a.m. Sunday morning, and it was all caught on dash-cam as it went streaking by!

A meteor is always a cool thing to see, but it happens so fast, that it is hard to get a good look let along a good photo or video. The sighting and flash of a meteor blazing through Earth's atmosphere usually lasts just seconds. You have to be in the right place at the right time with cameras rolling to catch one, and that was exactly the case for Philip Strumsky, who was driving on the Glenn Highway between Hiland Road and the weigh station, when he saw a flash in the sky.


Mysterious boom heard in Nanaimo, BC, may have been 'meteor passing overhead' says professor

Mystery boom in Nanaiomo, BC
© rdn.bc.ca
There's a long list of things it wasn't, but no one can seem to figure out what it was.

A loud bang, described as an intensely close clap of thunder, was heard across the Nanaimo region Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. Hundreds of people reported hearing it, covering Nanoose to Hammond Bay to College Heights.

"Heard it and felt it near Lantzville," Jamie Penner said on Twitter, noting it was unlike the sound of blasting coming from his area in recent months. "It sounded like someone opening a big sliding door in an apartment above you."

"For me it was like a loud and quick thunder sound!," Donald Louch said.