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Meteor fireball lights up southern English coast

A fireball brighter than the moon lit up the skies over Dawlish on Thursday night - and a video shows the spectacular ball of light plummeting down to earth.

An amazing video, shot by Dawlish Beach Cam, shows the fireball, otherwise known as a meteor, at 11.38pm. It is reported that over 50 members of the public reported seeing phenomenal light ball to the UK Meteor Network.

The operators of the Dawlish Beach Cam reported the sighting to the UK Meteor Network.

A spokesman from Dawlish Beach Cam said: "This particular type is known as a Bolide fireball which means that it is brighter than the moon.

"The team are still collating information on this particular event but they do have some other footage and the trajectory they believe the fireball took.

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Meteor fireball explodes over southern Switzerland

© YouTube/OGVT (screen capture)
#Meteor over the southern part of #Switzerland recorded in #Montsevelier #ValTerbi #Jura on 06/02/2017, 00:38:41 UTC

Further data: http://www.meteorastronomie.ch/detail...

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Bright meteor fireball observed over England and N.W. France

© AMS/google maps (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 74 reports about a meteor fireball seen over England, Bretagne, Saint Andrew, Torteval, Saint Peter Port, Vale, Saint-Sauveur, Wales, Hauts-de-France and St Martin on Thursday, June 1st 2017 around 22:39 UT.

It was captured by UK Meteor Network's Wilcot station (see video below).

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Meteor fireball filmed over Buffalo, New York

Weather cam catches meteor over downtown Buffalo
You never know what you are going to see in the wee hours of the morning on Daybreak, and this morning, while taking a live picture from our Buffalo weather camera, we caught a meteor falling on live television.

Storm Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Patrick Hammer says the meteor was probably the size of a baseball that burned up in the atmosphere. In order for it to be caught on camera, it is likely that it was also much brighter and more brilliant to the naked eye.

See video footage here

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Meteor fireball filmed over Asiago, Italy

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Fireball from Cima Ekar, Asiago at 2017 05 30 23 09 23

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Mystery remains over boom loud enough to rattle houses in Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Could the mystery boom have been caused by a meteor, like this one recorded by a dashcam in Portland, in the United States? PHOTO / FILE
A loud boom which shook houses and alarmed pets in the Bay of Islands is likely to remain a mystery, with a meteor a possible explanation.

Whatever it was, it was strong enough to be picked up by a seismograph used to monitor earthquakes but almost certainly came from the sky.

Residents in Oromahoe, Ohaeawai, Puketona, Kawakawa and Opua reported hearing what sounded like a loud explosion about 6.15pm on Sunday. Others reported a "blinding flash" around the same time.

Serena Jenkins, who lives at Oromahoe, said it was loud enough to shake her home.

"It was amazing. It felt like something had crashed into our house. We went outside straight away but we couldn't see anything."

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Rare daytime meteor photographed at Namadgi National Park, Australia

© Ari Rex
Photographer Ari Rex snapped this meteor hurtling past Earth while taking pictures in Namadgi National Park.
It was an uncanny case of right time and right place when photographer Ari Rex snapped this streaking ball of light at the Namadgi National Park.

Mr Rex was teaching a photography workshop at the Orroral Homestead when he unexpectedly captured a meteor hurtling past Earth.

"Last Friday, during the new moon, I went to Namadgi National Park to teach an advanced Milky Way photography workshop," he said.

"It's very dark out there when there is no moon so it makes it perfect for photographing the Milky Way, especially now in winter."

Although he expected to snap some stellar shots of the twilight sky, he was completely surprised by the photos when he looked back at them.

"I was lucky enough to capture this meteor in my frame. This is a rare phenomenon," he said.

"Usually you see them at night. But you typically never see them during the day.

"According to some quick calculations I did - considering the shutter speed of the shot - I found that the meteor was travelling at least 60,000 kilometres per hour."

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Meteor fireball spotted in New Territories, Hong Kong

© Hong Kong Space Museum, Facebook/Ng Yuen
The phenomenon was captured by a camera from the Hong Kong Space Museum’s Sai Kung iObservatory (left). The fireball races across the night sky (right).
A fireball was seen streaking over Hong Kong skies on Saturday night, with multiple Facebook posts suggesting that the 'bolide' meteor was seen by netizens in Yuen Long, Tai Po and Sheung Shui.

Some netizens said they mistook the bright flying object emitting green light for an airplane or a drone. Others said it could have been a UFO (unidentified flying object), Headline Daily reports.

A video clip from a dash cam shows the fireball streaking across the sky from left to right at a moderate speed for about five seconds.

The Hong Kong Observatory later confirmed on its Facebook page that the phenomenon was captured by a camera from the Hong Kong Space Museum's Sai Kung iObservatory at 10:42 p.m.

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Meteor fireball reported over England and Wales

© IMO (screen capture)
Heat map of 1768-2017 Fireball event
The UK Meteor Network (UKMON) has received over 20 reports and many messages on social media of a meteor fireball on 27th May 2017 over England and Wales just after 10PM BST. It was captured by Exeter and Wilcot stations (see images below).


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Meteor fireball streaks across sky over Texas

For the past two years, Aaron Olmsted has had a dash camera mounted in his car. He says he has it because he drives a quick car and the camera comes in handy in certain situations.

But early Friday morning was the first time his camera ever captured a fireball streak across the sky in Bastrop. Olmsted and his wife were driving back to their Bastrop home from the Austin airport around midnight when they noticed the bright light.

"We both spotted it," says Olmstead. "My wife was driving, and I was in the passenger seat and we both saw it and we were both amazed."

The couple said they're not sure if anyone else saw what they saw because it was late and there weren't that many people driving on State Highway 71 in Bastrop at the time.