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Huge bright meteor fireball lights up sky over Hampshire, UK

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UK Meteor Network releases incredible pictures of a space object dramatically burning up in Earth's atmosphere

The UK Meteor Network has recorded incredible pictures of a "fireball" lighting up the skies over Hampshire.

Stargazers took advantage of the clear weather to snap the meteor from four different locations at about 2am last night.

The group's camera network recorded black and white images of the astonishing fireball, which would have made a dramatic sight on a dark night.

It shone with an "intense" light which may even been bright enough to cast a shadow.

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Enormous meteor fireball seen across US Midwest, 15 April 2016

A meteor streaked across the St. Louis area on Friday at about 10:16pm. We received many reports from viewers about the shooting star. Sightings of the streak of greenish-blue light were reported in four states, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Two of our web cameras caught a great view of the meteor, Eckert's in Belleville, IL, and Mattress Direct in South St. Louis County . In the Belleville view, you'll see the green object streak across the screen followed by a spider walking across the camera lens.

We are in the midst of the Lyrid meteor shower, which is active each year in mid to late April. In 2016, the peak of this shower is expected on the morning of April 22, so there could be more shooting stars.

Comment: Sott.net reader JB wrote in to report that he saw it too:
At 22:16 on April 15, 2016, travelling south/east on I90/39 around Edgerton, Wisconsin, my wife and I were 300 yards from a fast-travelling object falling from the sky trailing green, blue and orange. It was going east to west and it fell to the ground about a football field from the interstate and glowed blue once it hit the ground.
It's unlikely that the main body hit the ground, although smaller meteorites may have done so.

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Bright green meteor fireball spotted over Kentucky, Illinois

Initial Meteor Reports

15APR2016 Tiffany Binkley Calvert City, Ky 2230 3-5 N-W green; moon, no I was driving and there were trees all around me, but it looked huge.

15APR2016 Bryan Schaumburg, IL, USA 22:16 PM Central Only seen the last second or two of the burn E-W travel Stopped South West of Roselle Rd, facing SW Greenish White in color, no sound high beam headlight brightness, too dark to see any fragmentation. 7It was already moving fairly slowly when I seen it, and fairly close to the ground, probably below 500 ft. Too short of viewing time for any better guesses or info.

15APR2016 Andrew Rukavina Mundelein, IL USA approx 2215 hour 15 seconds from east to west i was driving south multi colored and very large between the Moon and Venus - very bright and large not sure it was large...it was not a reflection. I pulled over which i never do except once when I saw an amazing display of northern lights it was the biggest thing i've ever seen....I was heading southbound at intersection of 137 and 60 in Mundelein, IL. I had just made the turn onto 60 from 137 and was headed south, so no light pollution to create any illusions... I'm a 59 year old attorney... was not drinking or anything else...it flamed out shortly before it went over the cornfield.

15APR2016 Steve Wilson Rock Island,IL,USA 22:16 in Central Time Zone 3-4 seconds Facing South, I saw a bright white light with a tinge of blue streak from East to West. As bright as Venus on a clear night I'm not sure of fragmentation, but it reminded me of a sparkler as opposed to a single, solid point of light.

15APR2016 Anna St.Charles, IL, USA 22:14 5-10? East to West traveling burst of light/looked like fire. I was driving South on Kautz Rd, near DuPage Airport. A bright ball, looked like fire; it had a tail of blue behind it. I'm not sure I don't think so, maybe behind it. It really looked like it was on fire. I wondered if it was a piece from a plane I was driving, so no photo, Sorry. I know it was something, not sure what. It was not high in the sky, it came across my vision field from left to right (from East to West) as I was driving South. It was cool, but also a little scary. I wondered if it was part of a plane since we were adjacent to DuPage Airport.

15APR2016 Victoriano Berwyn, IL - 2200 5-10secs East to West facing South, green xeon bright fragment trail, green fireball.

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Blue-green fireball disintegrates over Ukraine and Crimea

What is this mysterious blue-green light crossing the sky of Kherson, Ukraine on April 11, 2016?

Two dashcam cameras recorded the amazing sky event at approximately 9:34 pm Moscow time, so 7:34 pm (UTC).

Has anybody witnessed it?

The Lyrid meteor shower hasn't started yet, but the sky is already producing awesome natural fireworks.

A blue-green fireball (turquoise in the video description) was filmed by two dashcam cameras flying in the sky of Crimea and Kherson on April 11, 2016 7:34 pm (UTC).

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Meteorite lands on farm in Nigeria

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About 10:45 am on March 12, farmers and hunters in Tse-Agena area of Mbatyula in Takum local government area of Taraba State heard a loud sound from the sky and then an object, suspected to be meteorite stone, landed.

The landing of the white object created panic.

Women and children were asked to vacate the farms immediately while men went to pick the object.

Mr. Shausu Agena, a farmer and an eye witness, said the object landed on a big tree in an empty farm land.

Agena, while speaking to Sunday Vanguard inside his hut in the village, said heavy sound accompanied the falling of the object from the sky.

The clan head of Mbatyula, Zaki Bem Tom, also disclosed that the object landed with a sound that was heard in several communities.

"It was in the morning. People were in their various farms when the object landed within our community. It was very shocking because some of us that witnessed it descending from the sky thought it was the end of the world," Ben Tom said.

"It took our brave men to go closer to the object so that we will know what it was. Initially when the object landed, it was pure white in color. Human faces were reflecting on the object like mirror. Then it turned pure black.

"We have been living in fear because we don't know what will follow".

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Giant fireball 'ten times brighter than the moon' turns night into day in this spectacular footage

Scientists caught the natural phenomenon that was caused by a piece of meteorite breaking off from a comet and hitting the Earth's atmosphere

Spanish scientists have captured the moment a fireball said to be ten times brighter than the moon hurtled through the sky.

The natural phenomenon was registered by the La Hita Observatory in Toledo in the early hours of this morning.

The incredible sight was caused by a 30kg meteorite, which had broken off from a comet, hitting the Earth's atmosphere.

The spectacle could also reportedly be seen in southern and eastern Spain, including the regions of Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Murcia and Andalusia.

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Bright green meteor fireball explodes over Saudi Arabia on April 3, 2016

© Youtube/faheem291 (screen capture)
That's nothing special! Just a bunch of kids playing football under the light of an incredibly bright bolide that exploded over northern Saudi Arabia, April 3, 2016.

Do you have more information about this sighting? Imagine the loud boom in the sky! Woah!

Yesterday, another bright meteor disintegrated over New Zealand.

Source: via VK

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Bright green meteor fireball seen by dozens across New Zealand

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The meteor photographed in this marvellous picture by Wellington man Jono Matla was likely large enough to be classed as a fireball.
A meteor lighting up the sky above New Zealand has been seen by star gazers from across the country.On Tuesday night Weatherwatch.co.nz reported it had received dozens of reports of a meteor in the hour from 9pm.

Those who'd sent in reports described the meteor as being green with a white tail and said it appeared to be close to the Earth.They said it was spotted just after 9pm, and was travelling from east to west.Sightings came from Titahi Bay in Wellington - a resident in Pikarere StrD said it was "big, bright, turquoise coloured".

Sarah from Whanganui wrote that she had seen what looked like a bright green, large meteor. "Never seen anything like this, ever." A Manawatu resident said: "It was gorgeous. I've seen shooting stars before high up in the sky, but this was a granddaddy one."

In Mt Roskill, Auckland, it was mistaken for fireworks. "But this thing was no fireworks, the green cluster of light, was the size of a basket ball, heading horizontally on a downward slope across the sky."

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Bright, white meteor fireball spotted in British Columbia, Washington state

Stock photo
Initial Meteor Reports

01APR2016 Kachur Surrey,BC 21:10 ish pm 3sec. Was facing south came down from the left to right. No sound, extremely bright white,with red flames as it burnt It seemed bright as the sun for a split sec then turned white/blue color then red ball. It was close like over white rock area. No photo.

01APR2016 Andrew Port Coquitlam BC Canada 21:00 approx pacific time 10 seconds? Still burning when it left my view NE to SW white/yellow flame bang followed 30 seconds or so later bright and low not very bright, burning like a giant rocket.

01APR2016 Julia Coates Marysville WA USA 2050 pm 3 seconds East/West. White to blue to red; brighter than the moon but not as bright as the sun. It was the first fireball I have ever seen. It was so beautiful.

01APR2016 Ian Pocock Chemainus BC Canada 20:45/Pacific Approx 2 seconds Start SE stop SSE Pale flare followed by brief green, no sound heard 2-3 x brighter than Venus. The brief flare (as it hit the atmosphere?) It was interesting.

01APR2016 Sherri Osoyoos BC Close to 2040 3-4 sec SE. To NW Very fast white fireball. Just noticed a very bright big ball of white flying over the sky, it didn't seem too high up.
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Exploding meteor fireball brightens night sky in Albacete, Spain

This bright exploding meteor turned the night sky into day for a fraction of a second on 31 March 2016. The fireball was filmed over Spain at 2:36am UTC (4:36am local time).

The event was produced by the impact of a cometary fragment with the atmosphere at a velocity of about 90.000 km/h.

The impacting rock got ten times brighter than the moon.

The fireball was recorded by cameras placed at the observatory of La Hita in Toledo, when the fireball flew across the sky of the province of Albacete. It has also been reported by skywatchers in Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Murcia and Andalusia.