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Meteor fireball explosion generates strong tremor in Pinamar, Argentina

A giant meteor explosion triggered a strong tremor after it disintegrated in the sky of Pinamar, Argentina on May 18, 2016.

The loud sky event occurred at 9.25 pm (local time) and generated much fear among residents of this city situated on the Atlantic coast.

After the major meteor events over Finland, Brazil, the USA and Canada, now it's the turn of Argentina to be shaken by a meteor sonic boom.

According to witnesses, the blue-green bolide crossed the sky on fire and created a strong rumble as it suddenly disappeared in a bright flash of light.

The strong tremor was most probably linked to the sonic boom, as the space rock entered the Earth's atmosphere.

Here is a video of this loud and bright fireball exploding over Argentina:

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Fireball lights up sky over Ontario, Quebec, Canada

© amsmeteors
$20,000 US reward offered for meteorite fragments of at least a kilogram

A blazing "giant" fireball streaked across the sky and exploded with a "boom" over Ontario, Quebec and several northeastern U.S. states after midnight last night.

The American Meteor Society received more than 330 reports of sightings around 12:50 a.m. ET.

"It was SO white and the bright light hurt my eyes," wrote Diana Legault of Stittsville, Ont., in an email to CBC News, who called it an "amazing sight."

Another witness in Ontario described it as a "giant ball of fire."

Someone who saw it in Canton, Maine, said three to five minutes after it appeared in the sky, he heard and felt a loud boom that "shook the home, unlike anything I have ever experienced before."

The event was captured on video from across northeastern North America, including Montreal's South Shore.

Comment: This is the same fireball that was spotted over Maine and other northeastern US States.

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Massive meteor fireball filmed over US Northeast (VIDEOS)

© Portland Police
Fireball above Portland, Maine
A fireball that the American Meteor Society described as "huge" lit up the sky over the Northeast early Tuesday.

The society said it received videos and over 160 reports of the fireball, which was spotted around 1:50 a.m. Most reports were from Maine but some came from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as parts of Ontario and Quebec.
Fireball images cease to amaze me. Viewer Michael McCormack in Portsmouth caught this on his cam. pic.twitter.com/7uiiFnpmS3

— Michael Page (@MichaelPageWx) May 17, 2016
One of the videos of the fireball was captured by the dashcam of a Portland, Maine police cruiser.

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Bright bolide recorded over Espirito Santo, Brazil

© YouTube/Exoss Citizen Science (screen capture)
Bolide recorded in southern Espirito Santo. The Exoss Citizen Science recorded a bolide early on 05/16/2016 at 4:22 am on the cities of the southern state of Espirito Santo . The event was filmed by three monitoring stations : Colatina -ES , San Jose de Uba -RJ and Campos dos Goytacazes -RJ. More details in press.exoss.org

[Translated from Portuguese by Google]

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Giant meteor fireball '10 times brighter than the full moon' explodes with loud boom over southern Finland

© Aki Taavitsainen / Ursa Mikkeli
Bright meteor over Finland
A fireball 10 times brighter than the full moon exploded in the sky of Finland on May 12, 2016. The disintegrating blue-green ball of fire emitted a powerful and loud boom reported all across southern Finland.

The meteor flew from north to south and was 10 times brighter than the full moon, according to first calculations.

The 'shockingly gorgeous' falling space rock was reported more than 100 times all over southern Finland.

The blue-green meteor flew up to 8 seconds before exploding in a loud sonic boom.

This unusually bright object traveled through the Earth's atmosphere at 16 kilometers per second and disintegrated at about 89 kilometers altitude.

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Meteor fireball caught on camera in Şanlıurfa, near Turkey's border with Syria

© Screenshot YouTube
Meteor fireball caught on camera in Şanlıurfa, near Turkey's border with Syria

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Meteor fireball blazes over US state of Georgia

© YouTube Screen Capture
Did you see it? Driver Jeremy Wall captured dashcam video of this fireball streaking across on Harrington Road in the Lawrenceville area on May 3.

The meteor was likely part of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, the first of two celestial light shows that occur every year in early May as a result of Earth passing through dust released by Halley's Comet. The shower peaks May 5 and 6 with about 10 to 20 meteors streaking across the sky per hour. The best time to catch the show is just before dawn.

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Bright orange meteor fireball seen over Auckland, New Zealand

© Times/Claire McGillivray
Intrigue is mounting following the sighting on Saturday of a mysterious bright light in the north west sky.

Times staff member Clare McGillivray snapped this photo from her Beachlands home on Saturday night. At first she thought it was just the setting sun reflecting off a wispy cloud but wondered if it was a meteorite as it appeared to leave a large trail as it dropped through the sky.

"It took about 10 minutes from first sighting to disappear behind the clouds. During this time it grew from a squiggly line to a straight streak. It appeared to be falling out of the sky or maybe streaking across the atmosphere. Pretty amazing to see," she said.

And she wasn't the only one to have spotted the orange streak.

There were numerous comments from apparent witnesses on the WeatherWatch.co.nz site.

One wrote on the site on Saturday: "Strange light over West Auckland. So about 5.45-6.00pm this evening (30/04/16). I was working at Auckland hospital and happened to look out one of the windows facing towards west Auckland.


Strong activity in the eta Aquariid meteor shower from Halley's Comet

Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, source of the annual eta Aquariid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on the nights around May 5th and 6th with 30+ meteors per hour. The best time to look, no matter where you live, is probably during the dark hours before sunrise on Friday.

"Although the shower's peak is still days away, the Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar (CMOR) is already detecting strong activity from the eta Aquariid shower," reports physics professor Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario. The pink "hot spot" in this all-sky radar map from May 3rd shows the location of the shower's radiant (ETA).

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Fireball spotted over Okayama, Japan

Fireball spotted over Okayama, Japan, possibly part of the Lyrids.
Edited Google translation of report:

In 2016 April 22 day 21 hour 25 minutes and 39 seconds, there was a fireball of Lyra meteor shower

The fireball had an absolute magnitude -5.5 as calculated by Ueda of Osakan.

The actual path length was 330.5 km., entering the atmosphere approximately 80.8 km over the border over the Kitsuki vanishing point at km 141.2. It was majestic as it was flying over 7.1 seconds between Oita Prefecture Bungotakada and Hyogo Prefecture Sayo-cho. You can see that was a brilliant meteor from Okayama Prefecture