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Meteor fireball over central Spain on July 2nd

On 2 July 2021, at about 23:49h local time, a slow-moving fireball was spotted over the center of Spain. This bolide was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 72,000 km / h. The fireball overflew the province of Cuenca (region of Castilla-La Mancha).

It began over that province at an altitude of about 91 km, and ended at a height of around 41 km. This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Hita (Toledo), La Sagra (Granada), Calar Alto (Almería) ), Cerro Negro (Seville), Sierra Nevada (Granada), and Madrid (Jaime Izquierdo, Complutense University of Madrid).

The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).

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Bright meteor fireball captured over Switzerland

AMS event 3552-2021
© AMS observers map - event 3552-2021 (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 20 reports (event 3552-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Emilia-Romagna, Ljubljana, Lombardia, Marche, Piemonte, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Schwyz, Ticino, Toscana, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto and Wallis on Sunday, June 27th 2021 around 21:01 UT.

Two videos were uploaded to the AMS website.

Credit: AllSky7.net - AMS73 Monteggio - Stefano Klett

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Loud bang heard, green light seen in northern Thailand could be a bolide

Meteor over Thailand
© Alisa Seya
The mysterious explosive sound and turquoise glow seen and photographed in northern Thailand on Tuesday evening could be a bolide, a kind of very bright meteor, said the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT).

The loud bang was heard in Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Phayao, Mae Hong Son and Lampang provinces, while several netizens posted images of the light moving from west to east last night.

No damage or injuries have been reported, according to the Thai authorities.

A meteor that enters Earth's atmosphere normally catches fire at an altitude of 80-120 kilometres and occasionally causes a sonic boom, in the same way a supersonic plane does. This would explain why the light was seen before a loud bang was heard.

It remains unclear if the object was a meteorite and most meteors burn up in the atmosphere before striking the ground. There are around 6,000 meteorites entering Earth's atmosphere each year, with most falling into the oceans or remote areas, according to NARIT's director of astronomical academic services department Suparerk Karuehanon, adding that they are a common occurrence and there is no need for panic.


Residents in Maghull, England perplexed as loud 'explosions' reverberate throughout the region

Maghull England
© Washington Newsday
People in Maghull were perplexed as loud explosions were heard.

Residents in Maghull were left perplexed when huge explosions reverberated throughout the region.

The bangs are thought to have originated near Ashworth Hospital in Maghull's east end.

According to residents, they were initially heard around 9 p.m. last night.

One resident, who lives about an hour's walk from the hospital, explained: "I was watching football with my husband in my living room with the French doors open when I got a text from my brother-in-law saying, "Did you hear the pistol shots?"

"It was around 9 p.m.," says the narrator. It was a little startling, but strangely, no sirens were heard after that."

Some locals speculated on Facebook, with one stating the sounds were caused by a motorcycle backfiring and another believing the sounds were related to farming.

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Meteor fireball over the southwest of Bohemia, Czech Republic

A meteoroid flew over the eastern part of Bavaria and southwestern Bohemia on Thursday evening. The body, weighing approximately five kilograms, disintegrated during the flight, said Pavel Spurný from the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Ondřejov, Central Bohemia. Meteoroid fragments can be found mainly in Šumava.

The meteoroid entered the Earth's atmosphere on Thursday shortly before 10:00 pm in the area around the German city of Deggendorf. "At that time, the body was moving at a speed of 11.7 kilometers per second, and along a runway sloping to the earth's surface of less than 25 degrees, it continued to fly in an east-southeast direction and gradually brightened," said Spurný.

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Cameras record meteor fireball over northeast Brazil

Live Weather Cameras and our partner Bramon (Brazilian Meteor Observatory) recorded a meteor in the Northeast this Wednesday night (16).

(Translated by Google)


Bolide over the south of Spain (June 14)

This stunning fireball was spotted over the south of Spain on 14 June 2021, at about 23:33 local time (equivalent to 21:33universal time). The event was generated by a rock from the potentially hazardous asteroid 2004HW. The rock hit the atmosphere at about 50,000 km / h and generated a fireball that began at an altitude of about 83 km over the southwest of the province of Málaga, and ended at a height of around 38 km over the east of the province of Sevilla .

Many casual eyewitnesses could see this bolide, most of them located in the provinces of Sevilla, Málaga, and Cádiz. The fireball was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), Sierra Nevada (Granada), and Calar Alto. The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).


'Flaming stone' falls from the sky in Bacolod, Philippines

Stone falls from sky phillippines
A flaming stone that reportedly fell from the sky landed at the Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) campus in this city on Friday, Cebu Daily News (CDN) Digital reported.

According to NOHS principal Mario Amaca, he and other persons in the school heard a loud explosion at about 4pm.

Janette Sarcillo, the wife of one of the school's security guards, later reported that she found the "space stone" that fell near the guards' barracks.

"I saw the flaming object fall from the sky. It grew bigger and bigger as it approached the ground and made a loud explosion as it landed," she said.

A geologist of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office will visit the NOHS campus on Monday to identify the stone.

Amaca said the fireball turned out to be a shiny black stone that is about two and a half inches thick and three inches long.


Meteorite? Earthquake? Sonic boom? Mystery noise wakes up North-West coast of Australia

Waratah NSW
© Brodie Weeding
Mystery surrounds a noise and rumble that was heard across areas of the North-West, including Waratah.
A post on Facebook asked whether anyone had heard an explosion at 2am.

People from Waratah, Wynyard, Burnie and Somerset replied to a post.

"Saw a bright flash which lit up the sky around 2am in Wynyard," Richard Middap posted.

"Cracked my bedroom window in West Mooreville," Nett Richards replied.

"Gone over Waratah. It broke a window," Judith Summers wrote.

Waratah resident Val Flemming said her window was left cracked after hearing and waking up to rumbling, shaking windows and a loud sound.

"It was clear it wasn't thunder, I know what thunder sounds like," she said.

"It could've been an earthquake, or a sonic boom.


With quake ruled out, San Diego's 'mystery boom' was likely sonic

San Diego boom
© Fox5
A day after a "mystery boom" shook San Diego County, the strange sensation remains talk of the town — but so far there's still no clear explanation for the phenomenon.

From the South Bay through the city of San Diego and in to North County, residents reported a loud "boom" accompanied by the rattling of windows around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Monitors didn't record any sort of significant earthquake in the region at that time, leaving a single educated guess, geologist Pat Abbott, a professor at San Diego State, told FOX 5.

"If the sound didn't emanate from underground there's only one more place to look and that's up above," Abbott told FOX 5, referring to a sonic boom. "Some aircraft ... something traveling at a rate faster than sound, oriented in the right direction."

While officials at Camp Pendleton have warned that artillery exercises may be heard in parts of San Diego this week, the sensation appeared to emanate from farther south, based on reports from residents. A military spokesperson added that aircraft they had over San Diego at the time are not capable of supersonic flight.